What: Blue Creek Revisited
When: Saturday July 13, 2002 from AM to PM to AM
Catered Dinner will be held at 5:00 PM
Menu: BBQ Chicken Breasts, Shredded Pork BBQ Sandwiches, All Meat Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Assorted Cookies, Fresh Fruit Salad, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Bottled Water, Sodas, All Serving Supplies.
Where: Carbide Hunting and Fishing Club on "THE CREEK"
Kids six and under are free, but need to be accounted for.
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Joey's Civic Center, on Quarrier Street in Charleston, was the scene of the Friday night reception, and they catered the entire three-day event. Great job!
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At Queen Shoals near Clendenin, the reunion signs began to appear. A fairly long country-road ride to Glen, WV followed.
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And another clue was the sign near Dutch Ridge Road, and at the beginning of the steep gravel/rock/dirt road down to Blue Creek.
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It rained and rained, and Blue Creek began to rise!
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Going toward the Hunting and Fishing Club was relatively easy in the morning, but for those of us with rather small rental cars, the trip out in the evening was a little nerve-wracking.
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The name "Carbide" still appears on the Creek...
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...and the lake still looks good.
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Oh, well, spelling aside; the message is clear, and we felt welcome!
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The new songbook came in handy later on...
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We set up the laptop with web-site and file pictures; immediate interest resulted.
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Kitty Roberts and Betsy Murray Keene tackle the collection of scrapbooks, mementos and pictures brought to the reunion.
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Nancy Nygren and Gordon France pose, while Randy Rice lurks in the background.
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Some interest in the wildlife posters in addition to the camps memories.
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The Camelot anvil (plus coffee cup, etc).
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The weather did not improve all day, really.
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The front porch of the Hunting and Fishing Club sheltered us from the rain, and offered a nice view.
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A large group piled into 4-wheel and pickup-vehicles for the trip downstream to the camp sites. First stop was at the steps to the cemetery, between the walk-in and Camelot. Photo is complete with rain-spots, and the steps are hard to see.
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We stop at Camelot -- looking East from the pool location. Campers on the Creek again!
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And the group explores the old pathway toward campfire and vespers circles, and the rifle range. Very overgrown and also very removed after the camps closed.
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When I visited in 2000, I thought this concrete slab probably was part of the rifle-range foundation. Now I think it's more likely at the craft shop site.
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These people are near the Camelot site.
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Looking upstream from the creek crossing at the Camelot entrance.
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And downstream. Note the misty air -- rain continued all day. One Camelot pillar lies to the left.
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That same pillar from above, on the present-day road.
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The original entry to Camelot was to the east of the present road, about in the area shown here. A Camelot entryway stone pillar lies in the brush to photo left.
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Downstream, we stop at the Carlisle campfire circle. Still used by campers and hunters, the circle is immediately next to the Creek.
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...and campers return after decades away, with the next generation in tow.
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The alumni caravan awaits, ready to move again, toward Carlisle.
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A group picture gets much attention. Everyone should see a familiar face or two here.
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A major gas-well installation, about where the Carlisle lake was.
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A walk down the road between Camelot and Carlisle.
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Rounding the bend at the east end of the Carlisle site, a lone former camper offers a sense of scale to the now-overgrown area.. The original road was to the right, likely just to the right of the double-trunked tree. 
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A little further west, and the remains of the clearing that was Carlisle are more visible.
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Looking downstream, rather near the north corner of the Castle. There are evergreen trees still here which might mark the spot.
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This may have been part of the "front-yard" forCarlisle's castle. Compare it with Scott Mease's "last pictures" and with your memories...
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Only a few flagstones remain.
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From the flagstone walk location looking toward the creek.
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Just a few stones, near the assumed castle location.
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Campers return, with their children.
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The original road, looking upstream between the creek on the left and the castle on the right.
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Another section of the stone walkway, and some of the amateur archaeologists.
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Just across the creek, downstream of Carlisle. Old road runs to the left just ahead, and the new road likely goes through the old stables and riding area.
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A look down the original road, now readjusted by the creek during high water.
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"Stevie's swimmin' hole."
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On return to the Hunting and Fishing Lodge from the camps, it was truly moving to see a standing-room-only crowd getting started on the meal. Gosh, we Really Started Something!
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Camps crafts go on and on. We saw very young children learning the lanyard art from others who learned it decades ago.

"Don't let it be forgot..."

Since the creek continued to rise, we had to leave early; others will provide other pictures, though.

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