Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 4 (May 20, 2010)

I haven't seen too much of the US, but Charleston, the capital city of West Virginia, is easily one of the most beautiful and picturesque places I have been to.
Charleston is a small town. But it has beautiful, lush green hills surrounding the City, and the rivers Elk, and Kanawha running around it. Along the banks of the rivers there is a huge industrial area, spread across acres and acres of land. I am sure that when workers come to work at these factories everyday they would be blessing the promoters of their Company for having had the vision to choose such a location for a workplace.
Charleston's Yeager airport, named after the legendary air warrior -Chuck Yeager, is also unique. It has been built on a plateau about 300 ft higher than the rest of the town. When you drive to the airport you drive on narrow roads surrounded by forest, and then, when you turn a bend the area suddenly opens up, leading to an airport !
The view from the air as we took off, was spectacular. A full airport -750 acres of flat area, and a sudden drop in height at the edges.
This was probably the only 'pleasant' part of a gruelling journey that started at 5.30 pm and will end at 11.30 pm, involving three legs and two connections.

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