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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Skyles, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Skyles and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Skyles:
    • 38.504549, -80.677039
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Skyles
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Skyles ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Birch River [Nicholas County]
  • Boggs [Webster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boggs
    • Boggs [Webster County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Skyles
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boggs have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boggs
  • Delphi [Nicholas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delphi
    • Delphi [Nicholas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Skyles
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Delphi have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delphi
  • Halo [Webster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halo
    • Halo [Webster County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Skyles
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halo
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Little Birch [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Birch
      • Little Birch [Braxton County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Skyles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Birch
    • Middle Run [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middle Run
      • Middle Run [Braxton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Skyles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middle Run have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Run
    • Opal [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Opal
      • Opal [Nicholas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Skyles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Opal have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
    • Tesla [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tesla
      • Tesla [Braxton County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Skyles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tesla have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tesla
    • Thrash [Braxton County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thrash
      • Thrash [Braxton County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Skyles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thrash have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Waggy [Nicholas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waggy
      • Waggy [Nicholas County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Skyles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waggy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

How Far From Skyles to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Skyles to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<4> community of Skyles once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Skyles and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Webster Springs, which is the Seat of Webster County and lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east. If you could walk a straight line from Skyles to Webster Springs, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the west (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 198 miles [318.7 km] to the east (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,067 miles [9,763.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,779 miles [10,909.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,655 miles [7,491.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Webster County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Skyles) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skyles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5045, Longitude: -80.6770       In this case, the coordinates for Skyles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Skyles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Skyles to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.079 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.872 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.402 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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