The Hidden Treasures in the West Virginia Hills
A flight down the mountain at a dear friend's farm.
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The Hidden Island Wildlife Sanctuary on the James: Presquile
Just 20 miles from Richmond, Virginia lies a National Wildlife Refuge that is only accessible by boat and permit which remains natural, teeming with nature.
Presquile, a national wildlife refuge, lies in the middle of the James River. The island habitat exists without roads or private development.
The Fish and Wildlife Service operates the refuge. It's home to a variety of migratory birds including roosting Bald Eagles.
Established in 1953, Presquile is accessible only with a permit by boat. The refuge lies on Presque Isle. It’s an enjoyable ferry ride during the biannual Field Day or just a short paddle by kayak.
The habitat covers 1,329 acres of protected land. This large undeveloped space means you may run into some wild bits of nature.
You may run into a Wheel Bug. They're quite timid and tend to hide in larger foliage, hunting other insects. If you do manage to bring their wrath, you can look forward to a bite wound more painful than a wasp and lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
The Fish and Wildlife Service plays host to a “field day” biannually on Presquile.
The event allows visitors to explore the miles of grass trails on the island, spot bird species, and be intrigued by the biodiversity available only a short distance from urban city life on this beautiful piece of nature.
Presquile sits in the midst of the human history laden James River, yet remains a natural habitat for the creatures that were here long before us.
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FINDING THE LOVE IN VIRGINIA - AN RV ROAD TRIP. From Raceways to Scenic Roads - RV Style | RV Life
Virginia is for LOVERS! So we hit the road for a road trip, from raceways to scenic roads, RV style - looking for love.
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Words at War: The Ship / From the Land of the Silent People / Prisoner of the Japs
The Yugoslav Front, also known as the National Liberation War, was a complex conflict that took place during World War II (1941--1945) in occupied Yugoslavia. The war began after the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was overrun by Axis forces and partitioned between Germany, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria and client regimes. Primarily it was a guerilla liberation war fought by the communist-led, republican Yugoslav Partisans against the Axis occupying forces and their locally-established puppet regimes, such as the Independent State of Croatia and the Nedić government. At the same time, it was a civil war between the Yugoslav Partisans and anti-communist paramilitaries, such as the Serbian royalist Chetniks and the Slovene Home Guard, whose level of collaboration and coordination with the Axis occupiers varied.
Both the Yugoslav Partisans and the Chetnik movement initially resisted the occupation. However, after 1941, the Chetniks adopted a policy of collaboration. They collaborated extensively and systematically with the Italian occupation forces until the Italian capitulation, and thereon also with German and Ustaše forces. The Axis mounted a series of offensives intended to destroy the Partisans, coming close to doing so in winter and spring of 1943. Despite the setbacks, the Partisans remained a credible fighting force, gaining recognition from the Western Allies and laying the foundations for the post-war Yugoslav state. With support in logistics, equipment, training, and air power from the Western Allies, and Soviet ground troops in the Belgrade Offensive, the Partisans eventually gained control of the entire country and of border regions of Italy and Austria.
The human cost of the war was enormous. The number of war victims is still in dispute, but is generally agreed to have been at least one million. Non-combat victims included the majority of the country's Jewish population, many of whom perished in concentration and extermination camps (e.g. Jasenovac, Banjica) run by the client regimes. In addition, the Croatian Ustaše regime committed genocide against local Serbs and Roma, the Chetniks pursued ethnic cleansing against the Muslim and Croat population, and Italian occupation authorities against Slovenes. German troops also carried out mass executions of civilians in retaliation for resistance activity (Kragujevac massacre). Finally, during and after the final stages of the war, Yugoslav authorities and Partisan troops carried out reprisals, including the deportation of the Danube Swabian population, forced marches and executions of thousands of captured collaborators and civilians fleeing their advance (Bleiburg massacre), and atrocities against the Italian population in Istria (Foibe killings).