Staying Safe in the Heat During the Summer

With summer upon us, the heat can get absolutely unbearable and sometimes dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe in the heat this year.

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Work out in the morning or evening

If you typically work out in the middle of the day, you may want to switch up your routine and avoid those peak hot hours. The air is typically cooler in the early morning or late evening, so it’s best to change your schedule during the summer months.

Wear loose-fitting cotton in light colors

Light colors absorb less light (and heat) than dark colors and cotton is a very breathable fabric that doesn’t trap sweat against your body. Loose, light-colored clothing will allow air flow against your body and keep you cooler.

Put water bottles in the freezer

If you plan on being outside in the heat for a long period of time, place your water bottles in the freezer, rather than the refrigerator. The water/ice will be colder for a longer period of time and will cool you off a lot better than lukewarm water.staying safe in the heat

Eat small, cool meals

Avoid eating big, hot meals, like chili or stew, during the summer. Opt for items like salads, chilled fruit, or other small snacks to avoid being uncomfortable and to save your house from heating up from oven use.

Avoid caffeine

It may be tough to get through the day without your usual cup of coffee, but your body may thank you if you avoid it this summer. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and it raises your heart rate, causing you to warm up (even iced coffee). Not to mention, caffeine also dehydrates you, which is not ideal for those hot summer months.

We hope you stay safe this summer and, if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello to our friendly team here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Information

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The crossover segment is booming, and drivers are itching for sporty, efficient models that look good while remaining functional. The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one crossover that enthusiasts and drivers alike are eagerly anticipating. From the sleek design to streamlined technology, the new Eclipse Cross is bound to redefine the crossover segment in one fell swoop.

 

Based on the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts from a few years back, the crossover brings a coupe-like profile with aggressive curves and an athletic stance. The grille and headlight look similar to other Mitsubishi models. Unique C-shaped lights are split in the rear window by a body-colored bar. The upcoming crossover bears some stylish similarity to the original Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car.

 

The crossover comes with a standard touchpad controller, head-up display, a center-touchscreen, smartphone integration software, and much more. Under the hood lies a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Drivers can upgrade to an available 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will also come with standard all-wheel drive.

 

In terms of size, the upcoming Eclipse Cross is similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

 

Check back frequently for updates as more information about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is revealed. We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi can’t wait!

 

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Hiking Trails Near Beckley, West Virginia

West Virginia is easily one of the most beautiful states in the entire country. It owes much of its beauty to the fantastic nature trails that call the state home. Some of these trails are even located near our hometown city of Beckley! While the weather is nice and warm this summer, be sure to make a trip out to these hiking trails near Beckley, West Virginia.

Hiking Trails Near Beckley, West Virginia

Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail

Length: 4.1 miles

Running right through the heart of Beckley, this trail provides wonderful views of both the city and its natural surroundings.

Glade Creek Trail

Length: 6.2 miles

The Glade Creek Trail provides hikers with some breathtaking views of West Virginia’s New River Gorge.

Grandview Rim Trail

Length: 2.8 miles

Also located near the New River Gorge, the Grandview Rim Trail has earned its name by offering up some grand scenes of the New River Gorge area.

Stone Cliff Trail

Length: 4.0 miles

Upriver along the New River lies the Stone Cliff Trail, a popular spot for both camping and boating.

Gwinn Ridge Trail

Length: 3.2 miles

If you are searching for a trail that will help you get away from the business of everyday life, then the Gwinn Ridge Trail is the perfect spot for you!

Good luck on your hiking adventure this summer in West Virginia!

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Things to Do in Little Beaver State Park

In the heart of Beaver, West Virginia, Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre park featuring an 18-acre lake at the center, with activities ranging from camping to hiking to paddle boats and all sorts of outdoor recreational attractions. With an indoor facility located onsite, playgrounds, geocaching, five picnic shelters that can be reserved, and 46 different campsites on the Little Beaver Campground, there is something to do for everyone here.

On the campgrounds, Little Beaver State Park offers thirty sites with water and electricity hookups, as well as an additional sixteen sites with just water hookups. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long. All sites and roads on the campgrounds are gravel-based, and firewood and ice, as well as a wireless connection, are available at the camp store.

Little Beaver Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities and seasonal boat rentals, as well as paddle boat rentals. Additionally, there’re eighteen different trails for biking, hiking, and walking near the lake, and the picnic areas and shelters are located near an enclosed playground. The park is also located near four other major state parks, a national park, as well as local attractions like Tamarack, the Crossroads Mall, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, and Theatre WV Outdoor Dramas.

Little Beaver State Park is a great place to go if you’re looking for a place nested in the heart of nature and tucked away in the woods. Civilization feels so far away, but it’s located near US 64, which makes nearby towns and cities easily accessible in case of emergency. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of camping or just one day of fun on the lake, Little Beaver State Park has something for you to do.

Little Beaver State Park

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Start Fall Out Right: Visit These Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

Are you looking to create a new family tradition? A long-lasting memory among friends? Consider taking a trip to your local pumpkin patch, where everyone gets to pick out their favorite pumpkin!

 

Whether you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, roast its seeds for a treat, or simply leave it intact for a festive decoration, there’s nothing else that can get you in the mood for Halloween like a pumpkin.

 

Here are some pumpkin patches near Beckley and spreading further out, where you can begin your journey:

 

  • Okes Family Farms
  • Cooper Family Farms
  • Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Orr’s Farm Market
  • Byrnside Branch Farm
  • Morgan Orchard

 

Wherever you go, be sure to wear sunscreen and wear long sleeves. Even though it’s October, long exposure to sunlight can do damage.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And if your trip takes you past Mountaineer Mitsubishi, consider stopping in to check out all the great models we have on the lot—or to show us your pumpkin masterpiece!

Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

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Four West Virginia State Parks to Visit this Summer

Did you know that West Virginia is home to over 50 state parks and forests just waiting to be explored this summer? Your next daytrip, weekend excursion, or full-fledged vacation may be mere miles down the road. Check out four of our favorite West Virginia state parks, all less than an hour from Mountaineer Mitsubishi in Beckley, WV.

 

  1. Little Beaver State Park: Just 15 minutes from Beckley, Little Beaver is home to a variety of outdoor activities. An 18-acre lake stands in the center of the park, where visitors can fish, canoe, or kayak. Visitors can picnic, hike, and bike their way through the park’s many trails.
  2. Twin Falls State Park: Take a short ride to Twin Falls, less than 40 minutes outside of Beckley, boasting a lodge, cottages, campsites, and an 18-hole golf course. Guests are able to hike one (or more!) of the park’s twelve trails, go swimming in the pool, or visit the Pioneer Farm, a restored living history 1830s homestead.
  3. Plum Orchard Lake: About a half-hour from Beckley rests Plum Orchard Lake, spanning over 200 acres. The lake has 6.5 half miles of shoreline and, with a maximum depth of 40 feet, makes for good fishing and boating. Hunting is allowed at Plum Orchard Lake, a wildlife management area, where deer, wild turkey, and squirrel abound.
  4. Pipestem Resort State Park: Drive 55 minutes southeast of Beckley and arrive at Pipestem Resort, where you can stay at one of two lodges, rent a cottage, camp, golf, and more. Park visitors can see West Virginia plant and animal life in the Nature Center, participate in weekly resort activities, fish in Long Branch Lake, and hike the numerous trails throughout the park.

 

Whether you head to a state park near or far this summer, remember to take advantage of the many attractions West Virginia has to offer, including those local to Beckley. Need a new set of wheels to get you there? Make a stop at Mountaineer Mitsubishi and let us give you a hand. Happy trails!

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Pack your family up in the Mitsubishi and visit one of these great West Virginia state parks!

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