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My next trip took me into Braxton County. There is much to see in
Braxton--from the historical sites of Bulltown Historic District,
Gassaway Train Depot, and the Cunningham Farm, to lakes and countryside.
There is the Braxton County Monster, and also interesting restaurants,
shops and sites to visit.
I have already explained my love of nature, so the outdoors won this
time around. I confess I love history too. A visit into something from
the past would be wonderful. Perhaps that will happen on another trip.
This time, I visited Falls Mill.
About 12 miles off of I-79, exit 67, along Rt. 4, a beautiful sight
awaits visitors. Swimmers, fishermen, and photographers will be at home
in the beautiful tranquility of Falls Mill.
Smooth placid lakes are lovely, but the sound of water over rock is
exhilarating. There is almost strength in it, or a sensation of power.
Flowing water is a sight I love to see. The water ebbs to the edge of
the rock and stone, then quickly races to the bottom to end in a white
cloud of newness. Yes, it is the same water, but it is different
somehow. At first the waters stir about unclear and cloudy, and then it
breaks free and moves into another calming flow downstream.
I think life is like that. We hit rough waters, rocks and stone.
Sometimes, we even feel like we are being thrown over the edge or
falling to a cloudy bottom. When we defeat the falls, we move on into
the calm waters toward a new place or a new beginning. Yes, for a period
of time, life may seem unclear and foggy, but the waters downstream pull
As I sat on the edge of the rocks, drinking in the magnificent view
and tranquil sounds, I was reminded of a scripture, John 7:38, “Whoever
believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will
flow from within him (NIV).” What an incredible image! There is
something about the flowing waters that is mysterious, gentle, and yet
You can pay a great deal of money to visit a fancy spa with
artificial water featured in the background, placed there to soothe and
comfort; or you can step into your own backyard and visit a natural
falls guaranteed to meet your needs for relaxation or recreation.
Swimming in clear waters, fishing in quiet countryside, or absorbing
the sheer wonders of nature--Falls Mill offers all these options. Take
an afternoon to relax and be inspired by the flowing waters.
July 18-20, International Sports Jamboree, North Bend State
July 18-25, Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally Stop, North Bend
July 19, Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass, Ward Weaver
and Ronald Donaldson, Clay, 7 p.m.
July 25, Stepping Stone, North Bend State Park, 7 p.m.
July 26, Blues Night, Clay, 7 p.m.
July 26, Heritage Day, Bulltown Historical Area, 10 a.m.
July 29-Aug. 2, Braxton County Fairs and Festivals Celebration.
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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