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Quiet mornings in the city

April 16, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
If you are an early riser like me, you probably enjoy the quiet of the day's morning hours. When I drive to work, it's still dark most days. But if you think that Wheeling is dead at that time of the morning, think again. I have made a habit of changing my route into work just for that reason. Sometimes I travel through the tunnels, down Main Street, slip around Water Street and take in the riverfront. Sometimes there are barges or tow boats lined up at the shore, their lights blinking in the mist. Lately there have been ducks joining the Canada geese visitors at the waterfront. When I choose to travel down W.Va. 2 through East Wheeling, there are people on the streets already, waiting for buses and the food shelters to open. Sometimes Moondog shines his flashlight at me when I pass him on the street. Other times, I feel a leisurely drive through Fulton and then around the Peninsula is warranted. I have seen deer along the creek and wandering around near the old Blaw Knox site. When I feel really brave, I will travel up over Wheeling Hill into downtown, choosing at the hill's crest whether to venture left onto Chapline Street or right down Market Street to Main. I love the flowers and the forsythia bushes that still find the ability to bloom along that slip-plaguedWheeling Hill. You just have to be mindful of falling rocks when it rains. Whatever path you select to get into town from out-the-pike, there is always something to notice. What have you seen lately? Be nice...


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