You’ve probably never heard of Marlinton. And, after a quick Google search, you might think there’s really no reason this little West Virginia town should have crossed your radar prior to now.Wrong-o.No town sits closer to the bounty of jaw-dropping-beauty that is the Cranberry Wilderness than Marlinton (unless you count the unincorporated cluster of dwellings called Edray). This part of the world might be a little rough around the edges, but that’s what we find so dear about it. Arguably the wildest place east of the Mississippi, the Cranberry Wilderness, a 47,815-acre swath of wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, affords wildlife, solitude, and rain in spades. Here’s how we like to go outside and play! Play: Ditch the car, the phone, the computer, the inbox, pack your bag, and hit the trail. To really experience the Cranberry, you need to immerse yourself in it. For a great 25ish-mile loop, try the North/South Trail-Middle Fork Trail-North/South Trail. Camping at the confluence of Hell For Certain Branch is out-of-this-world remote. The trail is often unmarked, save for a few cairns, and overgrown, so be sure to bring a map with you. And, because this area is designated wilderness, try not to make your own campsite. There are plenty of clearly established campsites along the trail and even shelters once you drop down onto FR76.Not feeling like tackling a backpacking trip? The boardwalk along the Cranberry Glades is absolutely stellar and you’re likely to see plenty of signs of wildlife. Keep a close eye out for pitcher plants and other unique flora that are more commonly found in the arctic-like ecosystems of Canada. FR76 along the Cranberry River is also a great gravel road that is relatively flat and perfect for biking or strolling. Shelters along the river are first come, first serve but there are plenty of options. Even on the busiest of weekends, you’re likely to find an opening.Stay: There are tons of dispersed camping sites along the Cranberry River and Williams River that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Should you want some comforts from home, the Tea Creek Campground is hands down our favorite semi-primitive campground. The sites here are shrouded in rhododendron with the gentle roar of the Williams to lull you to sleep. Rates are somewhere in the vicinity of $10 and there are no showers, but there are vault toilets and potable water available.Eat: It’s slim pickins in Marlinton, but no visit is complete without a hearty breakfast from the Greenbrier Grille and Lodge. Otherwise, it’s recommended you plan ahead and prepare—the nearest legitimate grocery store is just under an hour’s drive away if you want more than gas station offerings.
After a strong run through December, the Cazenovia boys indoor track and field team stepped it up even further in its first 2020 appearance.The Lakers pulled away from the field to take team honors in the afternoon session of Saturday’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, earning 134 points, well clear of runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius and its total of 70 points.Sweeping the jumping events, Dalton Sevier cleared 11 feet in the pole vault and beat the field in the high jump by topping 6’1″ with fewer misses than Faith Heritage’s John Manchester. Sevier and Dylan Anderson won the team high jump, topping 11’1″ together. Tags: boys indoor trackCazenovia Connor Wilson and Jason Olkowski went to the top spot in the 55-meter hurdles in 18.14 seconds before Wilson, Anderson, Andrew Lee and Charles Kubinec won the 4×200 relay in 1:41.78.Smith and Eric Groff were second in the 3,200-meter run in 21:58.35 before Smith, Andrew Kent, Mike Senehi and Hunter McCullough finished second in the 4×800 relay in 9:00.53. Senehi and Stan Angus finishes third in the 1,600-meter run in 10:25.88.Olkowski and Gordan Wester were third in the shot put with throws of 70’2 1/2″, with Wester and Olkowski third in the weight throw as they heaved it 70’6″. Race, Albicker, Charlie Aronson and Dan Millson were third in the 4×400 relay in 3:54.46.Chittenango took part in the morning session of the Arcaro meet and finished with 23 points on the girls side, 21 points on the boys side.The girls Bears had Piper Beckwith, Lauren Suppe, McKayla Capeling and Kiara Waite take third place in the 4×800 in 10:59.21, also taking fifth in the 4×400 and 1,500.But Chittenango won the 4×400 on the boys side when Tristam LaFountaine, Kenny Matthews, Parker Tedford and Warren Tedford posted 3:52.52. The Bears were fifth in the 1,000, 4×200 and shot put.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Slater DeLeon beat the field in the 300-meter dash in 37.72 seconds and, with Cormac Race, got first place on the team side in 1:17.34. Dylan Albicker had a winning triple jump of 38 feet 9 1/2 inches and, with Sevier, got the team victory with 76’2″Jared Smith won the individual 1,000-meter run in 2:52.88 and paired with Cassidy Gilmore to get the team victory in 5:52.87. Then Andrew Kent took the 600-meter run in 1:29.50, pairing with Alex Lansing for second (3:09.91) in the team event.DeLeon also went 6.89 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, second among individuals as he and Anderson were second in the team event in 14.41 seconds. DeLeon and Dylan Albicker were second in the long jump, going 37’8 1/2″.