Northeast by Rail: Fall Foliage Trip (Itinerary)

If you’re curious what three weeks of traveling by train looks like–or if you just want to follow along on my journey–below is the itinerary for my fall foliage trip of the northeast by train. In West Virginia, I’ll see “gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the…

Before Coal, There Was Salt

Inaugural Salt Fest to Showcase History of Area’s Salt-making Industry Charleston, W.Va. – Historically, West Virginia is an extractive state. Today’s coal, natural gas and chemical industries were preceded by another extractive commodity: salt. The Kanawha Valley sits upon an ancient ocean, making it a salt-rich area. In the early 1800s, settlers moved to the area and…