Memories in the making and relived\r\nToday and yesterdays past\r\n\r\nLast week, I traveled a road of memories with my niece, Billie, who was visiting from Post Falls, Idaho.\r\n\r\nKinship and Friendship\r\n\r\nI introduced my niece to the past and the history of the Civil War. \r\n\r\nI was first introduced to areas of interest in Pocahontas County when I moved here, so we visited some of my favorite haunts.\r\n\r\nDroop Mountain Battlefield \u2013 rich in history and emotion. There seems to be a presence of those who fought and died there. We followed the path that leads to the small cemetery and museum with their stories of yesterdays past, and gazed at the view of the mountains and the valleys from the tower.\r\n\r\nIt was a perfect day for a picnic.\r\n\r\nWe then traveled down the road to Beartown \u2013 a spectacular site with spectacular sights.\r\n\r\nWe were struck with wonder at the huge rock formations and crevices formed in the yesterdays past. We walked the narrow fern-lined path at the base of the rocks, always in fear and trembling that we would meet up with a bear!\r\n\r\nWe turned north on our journey and stopped to visit the Pocahontas County Historical Museum, where Joe Smith shared a lot of interesting information.\r\n\r\nThe museum, once a beautiful, private home, now stores treasures of yesterdays past.\r\n\r\nWe visited the Marlinton Depot and 4th Avenue Gallery.\r\n\r\nOur county is rich in history and talent.\r\n\r\nAnother day dawned, and we crossed the mountain to the Scenic Highway.\r\n\r\nI remember the grumbling and protest at the beginning of this project \u2013 \u201ca road to nowhere,\u201d people said.\r\n\r\nToday, it is a favorite destination with its many picnic areas, overlooks and hiking trails. We enjoyed the beauty of the mountains dressed in green, and look forward to their fall display of rust, yellow, orange, red and amber.\r\n\r\nThe view was breathtaking.\r\n\r\nMy niece plans to come back in the fall. She said she couldn\u2019t wait to see the display of colors.\r\n\r\nWe stopped and hiked one of the trails and viewed the Honey Comb Rocks. \r\n\r\nI needed to stop and rest, but found that the benches are in need of repair.\r\n\r\nBut the rocks and the information posted on displays gave a very good history lesson.\r\n\r\nIt is a geological wonder.\r\n\r\nThe next day was full, as well.\r\n\r\nUpward we went to the Island in the Sky \u2013 Silver Creek and Snowshoe. We even visited the beach!\r\n\r\nWe shared memories of my son, Sam, through stories related by his friends on the mountain.\r\n\r\nYes, it was a full day.\r\n\r\nWe went to the Cass Country Store \u2013 todays\u2019 pleasures, yesterday\u2019s treasures.\r\n\r\nWe missed the train ride, but got some wonderful photos of the trains at Frank.\r\n\r\nA stop at the Green Bank Observatory, and snap went the camera \u2013 more photos of memories in the making.\r\nThere is so much to do and see.\r\n\r\nThe shops in Lewisburg were calling with lots of treasures to ponder.\r\n\r\nWe visited the Civil War Cemetery where 95 Confederate soldiers rest. The graves are in the shape of a cross \u2013 40 feet by 80 feet on a mound, three-feet high. \r\n\r\nMother\u2019s sons and husbands lost in battle. They went, fought and died. Names unknown.\r\n\r\nThe covered bridge at Locust Creek was another stop of interest. Today, it is a home to pigeons, but I remember when we could drive through it, but that was yesterday.\r\n\r\nBillie was impressed by the friendly encounters with each person she met.\r\n\r\nThank you to the Carr family at Huntersville for the delicious dinner \u2013 the cobbler was fantastic!\r\n\r\nOur time together came to an end, but Billie traveled home carrying memories of today and yesterdays past.