West Virginia, August 2007 - The New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, and Hillbilly Hot Dogs
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On Thursday, Lisa and I took a day trip to Fayetteville, winding through some gorgeous scenery.

A bird's nest near the Whipple Company Store in Whipple, West Virginia, a small unincorporated town along the lovely drive to Fayetteville.

Whipple, WV.

The New River Gorge, one of the oldest rivers in the world.

The New River Gorge Bridge, completed in 1977, and until 2003, was the longest steel-arch bridge in the world.  The Lupu Bridge in Shanghai, at 550 meters, bests the New River Gorge Bridge by 32 meters (105 feet).  It is also the second highest bridge in the United States. Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado is the highest.

Prior to the bridge's completion, crossing the New River Gorge meant driving down and up long, narrow roads winding down the mountains for 40 minutes.

Another view of the New River Gorge Bridge, spanning one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Lisa cools her heels in this stream feeding the New River Gorge.

“Start your day the homemade way!” as thousands of West Virginians have done for over twenty years at Tudor's Biscuit World, a fast food chain centered around biscuits.

Lisa wants to start up a Tudor's Biscuit World near where we live, the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

The historic Morris Harvey House in Fayetteville, WV.

The three-story Morris Harvey was completed in 1902. It had seven fireplaces and a unique and elaborate rain gathering system. The rain flowed into an 800-gallon copper holding tank on the 2nd floor.

The front porch of the historic Morris Harvey House in Fayetteville, WV.

Morris Harvey was a banker, churchman, coal operator, Confederate soldier during the Civil War and served two terms as sheriff of Fayette County. In fact, he has the distinction of being the only man to serve as sheriff while Fayette County was part of Virginia and again when it became part of the new state of West Virginia. 

He also amassed a fortune in the coal business, and is best remembered today for his huge financial contribution to Barboursville College, which was renamed Morris Harvey College for his generosity.

Downtown Fayetteville, with Gumbo's Restaurant, what they say is the only Cajun restaurant in West Virginia. Although intriguing, we ate at Pies and Pints Gourmet Pizza, which had seriously delicious pies.

Marquis de Lafayette keeps watch outside the courthouse building.  Fayetteville was the state capital from 1789-93 and was named after Lafayette, the French nobleman, who helped this country during the dark days of the Revolutionary War.

"Coal Keeps the Lights On", as the billboard says.  Coal is big business in West Virginia.  Not just strip mining, either.  Mountain tops are sheared off, and then a giant crane scrapes out the rest of the mountain, taking the coal.  You can see the devastation when you fly into West Virginia.

On Friday, Lisa, Aunt Sandy, and Aunt Rose drove down for our Second Annual Trip to Hillbilly Hotdogs in Huntington, a fine tradition to have. 

Gregarious owner Shari McGarry recognized me from a year ago.  She's an enthusiastic people person.  That may have been it.  Or maybe there's not too many six-foot Chinese guys eating there. 

Missing the Cuisine of my Land, I ordered the Taco Dog, with crunched up chips, jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, chili sauce, maters, picante sauce, lettuce, and sour cream piled high on a weenie.  Oh, and some chili cheese fries.  Yummmmm!!!  You can see both of these in the next photo. 

Lisa enjoying Chuck's Junk Yard Dog, which has everything on it:  homemade chili sauce, mustard, onions, ketchup, mayo, relish, slaw, kraut, nacho cheese, jalapenos, and BBQ.  I had this last time.  So good.

How we love Hillbilly Hot Dogs!

Lisa wants to open a Hillbilly Hot Dogs out here where we live, the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. 

I'm not sure if that's in addition to Tudor's Biscuit World or not.

Two monstrous Homewreckers about to be served at Hillbilly Hotdogs

What's a Homewrecker, you ask?  It's a one pound pure beef weenie, measuring 15 inches in length, deep-fried in pure canola oil, piled high with sauteed peppers and onions, then smothered in nacho cheese, spicy chili sauce, jalapenos, mustard, slaw, maters, and shredded cheese on a grilled bun. 

Enormous, yes, and if you eat it in fifteen minutes, you get a free T-shirt.  I decided to buy one instead.

These two gentlemen, instead of bolting their food, chose to savor the Homewreckers, eating leisurely while admiring the hog parked on the sidewalk outside.

The man on the left is sporting a "Run For the Health of it" T-shirt while eating this beast of a weenie, the irony not lost on us.

Beckoning you to enter Hillbilly Hotdogs in Huntington, West Virginia, with its unbeatable combination of hot dogs, Harleys, and hussies. Yeah, and pass the fries.

Since our visit last year, Hillbilly Hot Dogs added the Single Wide - a 5-pound enormo-burger with all the fixin's - and a Double-Wide.  You can guess how much the Double Wide weighs.

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