This is the Randolph County Courthouse in Elkins, West Virginia. That tower is 150 feet high and is an impressive sight to behold.
Here’s another view.
This building and an adjacent county jail were built between 1902 and 1904. It is a prominent anchor in the town and one of my favorite courthouses that I’ve seen in person. It’s also just down the street from that gorgeous church I told you about yesterday. Click here if you missed it!
I went to West Virginia on a little hiking trip with friends last month. We spent the night in Elkins, arriving in time for dinner, a little exploring around town and an early bedtime.
There are stories waiting to be told here but I’m starting in an unorthodox place with this old church.
You see, I have several great memories from the trip but one of my favorites is of the way the light hit the roof of this church.
Silly, I know.
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church seemed to sparkle in the late September sun and was positively captivating. Near magical, in fact.
It is also sprawling and impossible to capture in one photo.
Check out the roof tile. Pictures don’t do it justice but, in that moment, I had never seen a roof so dazzling.
These are side doors.
And the front door.
Yes, I’m still fascinated with doors even though I don’t publish as many pictures of them here as I once did.
This was one of those experiences that I likely couldn’t replicate if I tried. I can’t recommend that you drive to Elkins, West Virginia and look at the sparkly roof because you might go on a cloudy day or at noon instead of the exact moment 35 minutes before sunset or whenever it was we stood there.
Again, this is one of the things I hope you take away from my daily ramblings. Adventuring isn’t about the destination. It’s about the unexpected moments and places and people and sights you find along the way. It’s about the perfect timing that gets you to these things. It’s about keeping your eyes peeled and your mind open so you are ready to see, hear and feel what’s waiting.
You see what you’re looking for and you receive what you’re ready for. Keep yourself open and ready. You won’t regret it.