It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

— W. Edwards Deming

Speaking in West Virginia

The West Virginia University Extension puts on a series of “Dinner Meetings” through the winter where they invite a speaker to come speak four evenings for four years. This will reach every county in West Virginia with this certain topic.

This was our fourth and final week speaking in West Virginia as we covered the central and southern part of the state.

Our first night we spoke in the Belington Fire Hall.

Our second night we spoke in Dryfork, just north of Harman.

On Wednesday morning we headed south from Elkins to Marlinton. It snowed lightly all the way. Much of the way we followed this truck who appeared to know the roads well which helped us get through it easier. Warning 6% grade (in snowy/ice) ahead!

Here’s a nice field of cattle somewhere on Hwy 92 between Elkins and Marlinton.

The extension agent in charge of the meeting Wednesday night cancelled the dinner in the morning because it was snowing pretty heavy. However, since we were able to get there, he decided to call the people who had signed up and let them know the meeting was on without a dinner. We felt those who drove through the snow and came without even a free meal really wanted to hear our message!

I knew there was going to be a lunar eclipse tonight, but didn’t know just what time it was going to happen. We saw it as we drove home from the meeting, so I quickly set up my camera and tripod when we got to the hotel and got some photos as it completed the eclipse. It was lightly snowing through most of the eclipse, but the moon remained mostly clear! What a great evening!

Here it is at almost full eclipse.

We had a lovely drive from Marlinton to Princeton for our final night speaking for the West Virginia Extension “Dinner Meetings.”

We also drove through Lewisburg, where we stayed our very first night three years ago when we started our speaking tour!

Here’s the group in Princeton.

Richard and I would like to sincerely thank the West Virginia Extension Service for inviting us to West Virginia to share 16 wonderful evenings with the livestock producers of West Virginia discussing Low Stress Stockmanship.

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