3 Tranquil Minutes in Lost River

Lost River

Man alive—this has been one grueling week. We’re buying a house and the inspector delivered bad news; my car needed a bunch of repairs; writing projects were in overdrive; and to top it all off, I had to wear ugly, old shoes to work because my favorite ones were in the shop.

I know—we’re not talking cancer or starvation here, but being ashamed of ones footwear is its own kind of Hell—all that contorting to hide my brogans, and the way those things cut into my heels, it felt like a cheese grater down there!

Add the shoes and everything else up, and I’ll admit the week left me unenthused about pounding out this blog post. I had no idea what to cover and wasn’t sure how I’d find time to write.

Enter Dave Tabler. This is the feller behind the popular site Appalachian History. Whenever I’m stumped for blog ideas, I check out Dave’s Facebook page, because he somehow unearths every Appalachian story that runs anywhere, in any medium—print, video, online, offline—Dave finds it and shares it.

This week, he really came through. I spotted the below clip on Dave’s page, and right off, I thought The perfect blog post-quick and easy!

And I was right—it’s only taken me an hour or so to write this post—but that was just the start. When I clicked the link and watched this short film, tranquility rose around me like gentle river water. In just about three minutes, it washed away my tension and replaced it with an easy delight. Shimmering spider webs, the gait of a deer, a blur of hummingbird wings, one orange salamander scampering across green moss—just watching these natural sights left me feeling different, better, refreshed.

And because it was shot in West Virginia’s Lost River State Park, an area I love, it brought back so many memories. I celebrated both my 30th and my 40th birthdays in Lost River. I spent an amazing Halloween there, partying in a roadside diner. I’ve had lovely hikes, laughter-filled dinners, and long rests beside roaring fireplaces in this wonderful, little valley, and the video made me want to go back again soon.

So while I start making travel plans, why don’t you leave a comment? How did the Lost River Trails clip leave you feeling? And how was your week?

Go on. Tell us all about it: the good, the bad, and the ugly.


  • Linda Bragg

    This is about 20 miles from my home and when we were building our house, we spent a couple of weekends in cabins in the park in January. We even got some snow one of those weekends. It’s a lovely park and well maintained. Looks very much like my 20 acres on a mountain north of Lost River.

  • Sandy Cluesman

    Thank you for the video! It was awesome and it sure did cure the Monday blues.

  • Connie Hoover

    The video is great! Beautiful park, I have even worked there for 2 years.
    Also, if you ever need applebutter our church makes it each year about the first two weeks of October, you can even come and stir awhile. We have plenty left and we would be glad to sell you any amount that you want. Garrett’s Chapel Church just about 1/4 mile north of park entrance behind Misty Valley Grocery. I live straight across 259 down over the hil from Misty and can get it for you anytime. Have a nice day and come back to Lost River soon.

  • Marguerite

    That was lovely and makes me long for my home state. Oh to be able to buy property and move back.

  • Mark Mosher

    This video reminds me of how, though we humans fret and fume and work ourselves into a distracted and addled state a lot of the time, Nature is all the while calmly and peacefully going about its age-old business, unhassled and perhaps unaware of our problems. My hillside garden here in San Francisco reminds me of these truths often too, though I don’t listen to it often enough. This week I have been grumbling and muttering about a neurological or orthopedic problem (the doctor can’t decide which) with one of my legs, concerns over elderly parents and their dilemmas, and how I will manage to get all my tasks done before leaving at 3 a.m. Thursday for a few days in New Mexico. So thanks for the video, and the peaceful Appalachian meditation!

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