I went to West Virginia for a few days last…I was going to say week, but I’ve already been back for nearly a week…! Hard to believe – April seems to be careening to a close with unusual speed this year. Of course, traveling in April (my least favorite month, especially in my home state) is genius, because while you spend a period of time doing something exciting and interesting you can simultaneously skip that same amount of time in your usual life – by which I mean, when I got back it was several degrees warmer and the sun stayed up several minutes later and all the huge shipments of merchandise at work had magically disappeared, etc. – and April was half over. Genius!!
A good friend of mine moved back home to WV last winter, and I leaped at the chance to explore a new state with a guide who loves it. My friend is a great travel companion – we have toured Maine together, and New Brunswick, and we are queens of the day-trip. While I would have been happy to lounge on her parent’s deck in the lovely 65-75 degree weather, drinking and eating and getting in the hot tub, I knew that visiting her would entail so much more.
We ate and drank and lounged and hot tubbed, but we also spent two days driving around WV, ventured into Ohio, visited Spruce Knob (highest point in WV), managed not to get carsick on the excessively twisty-turny roads, walked in the woods, saw Seneca Rocks, sampled gin and vodka and white whiskey, toured the state capitol building, picked ramps, saw bridges both large and small… I was amazed by how beautiful WV was. Mountains, waterfalls, lush foliage (even though spring was barely springing), architecture, farmland, picturesque ruins, radio equipment… Every tiny wandering road has surprises down it, and hardly a road among them doesn’t run along beside a stream, or curl up a mountain, or race along a ridge line – most of the roads do it all!
I highly recommend exploring WV, and I have every intention of going back there whenever the opportunity presents itself. Here is just a taste of what there is to be seen:
More pictures here.