Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chappell's Field

Here is a little bit of the area near Chappell's Field at Blue Knob State Park--just the pictures I have on my phone.
The park maps have vistas listed on them, which I thought was more of a suggestion as to where the best views might be in the park rather than a truly defined location. But I was wrong.

I really like the idea of designated vistas. 
The park service has decided that the world looks especially good right here. 

I only walked part of this trail, but the pictures I took were all pretty similar. Trail. Trees, ferns and stuff. Light and shadow.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lost Children of the Alleghenies Monument

In recent days I've spent some time looking at topographic maps of nearby state parks to determine if hiking is a thing I'd like to do again. The terrain here is a bit different than in Ohio. Yes, there were hills in Ohio, but I'm surrounded by mountains where I live now and it's a bit intimidating. They're everywhere. And the last hike I attempted had too many cliffs for my liking, so I'm being a little more cautious.

On the map of Blue Knob State Park I saw something marked "HISTORIC: Lost Cox Children Monument." It did seem like a place in the woods where children could get lost with great ease, but lots of people go missing and they don't get a monument. So, how is this any different?
As it turns out there's a story, a legend, and a Wikipedia article associated with this monument.
It was also close enough to where I live, so I had to go check it out. 

There is a road that goes past the trail leading to the monument, and it's conveniently called "Monument Road." Inconveniently, however, it is gravel, narrow, and the turn-off is kind of tough to spot from the main, paved road running parallel to it. It's deep woods dark, and fallen trees encroach on what width the road does have. There is some space for parking along Monument Road once you get to the correct trail, and the trail is marked.

This is Ciana Run, it's a tributary of Bob's Creek.

It was split in two sections at this point. Lots of rocks and not much water.

After following the trail into the woods for a little bit there was a sign, and a path leading down to the monument.

People have placed fake flowers in the chain link barrier surrounding the monument. Just inside the fencing a couple small fairy or angel figurines sat on the ground in front of the stone. A small stream passes behind the monument. When I was there I crossed the rocks to get to the other bank and crossed back. It's a quiet, peaceful place.

Past the welcome sign, Lost Turkey Trail goes on and on...
Twenty-six miles in total. I didn't walk that one.

The PA-Roots webpage hosts a PDF copy of The Lost Children of The Alleghenies and How They Were Found Through a Dream (1914) by Charles R. McCarthy.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Goals for July

I've been kind of out of it for a while due to a bout of severe depression, my regular unmedicated anxiety (that will soon be August since that was the first available medication appointment), and a shoulder injury in early June, so I'm trying to get back into writing and reading by making small goals that are relatively easy for me to achieve. Maybe I'll set more ambitious writing goals in August, but for now this is supposed to motivate me instead of discourage me.

Writing Goals:
Finish a short story I've been calling, "We can't stop here, this is Lovecraft country"--It will probably be done at under 8k, but it's at 3.7k right now.
Rewrite six poems in order to make them more firmly in the Horror genre.

Reading Goals:
Finish reading Dark Faith (I'm about halfway through it)
Finish reading Queer Fish: Volume 2 (I have a story in there, but never got around to reading all the others)
Read Long Hidden
Read All Marketers Tell Stories by Seth Godin
Read Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig
Read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Consumable Media: June 2014

Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death by James Tiptree Jr.
No Longer A Fragment by Alexis A Hunter in Kasma Science Fiction Magazine

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Addams

51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognize
6 Boring New England Destinations Made Awesome by H.P. Lovecraft
A digital renaissance for the science fiction short story

Lovecraft Is Missing
Oglaf NSFW

Welcome to Night Vale
Writing Excuses

The Collected Public Domain Works of H.P. Lovecraft (LibriVox)
The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft (Voices in the Dark)
The Festival by H.P. Lovecraft (via Youtube)

Fear of the Unknown: H.P. Lovecraft Documentary (via Youtube)
Spaceballs (1987)
Beautiful Darling (2010)
A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007)
Tiny: A Story About Living Small (2013)
The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End
Re-Animator (1985)