West Virginia is famous for a few things…we have mountains and mountain people and mountain music and mountain stories. We have both poverty and wealth. We used to be a blue state but are now a red state. We play football here and some folks make a little moonshine now and then. There is natural beauty and a state-wide small town feel. There are lots of things but biggest on the list of what WV has is coal. It’s all over the place here and it is a major part of the economy and conversation and politics and daily life for many people.
We were driving around last weekend and came upon a slow-down in traffic. One of the large coal trucks was being moved. Well, it wasn’t an entire truck, but rather just the bed of one. And really, this probably wasn’t even the biggest coal-truck-part I have ever seen here but it was the one I saw when I had a camera ready. Coal is big here and so is the equipment. It’s hard to imagine a truck like this one working at a mine site hauling load after load of coal, all day, every day. And most mines have more than one truck. It’s amazing how much coal is here and what it means to the state and country, good or bad. I won’t voice my opinion on the coal matter. I really only wanted to show a pic of how big some of the not-the-biggest-equipment-I-have-seen-here really is.
Other than that, I also wanted to lament the recent frosts we have had. I do not like fall/winter/cold/dark so boo on this leaf and it’s stinking frosty edges, pretty or not!