Sep 19, 2013 05:00 PM WV State of Mind
Uncover West Virginia's best-kept secrets
So Long Summer
This summer goes down in the history books as the summer I visited the most counties in West Virginia. In a three-month period, I made trips to 44 out of our 55 counties, and the odometer in my car and the thousands of photos that have eaten all my memory on my computer are proof. (Not to mention my lack of time to post to this blog.)
I visited Big Ugly, Cucumber, War, and Pickle Street. I climbed the rugged incline to the Hatfield Cemetery in Sarah Ann to pay my respects to Devil Anse Hatfield (and Johnse), and then crossed the Tug River into McCoy territory. I drove up and down Blair Mountain twice and over the New River Gorge countless times. I’ve brought back locally made treasures after shopping in Mingo, Wirt, Pendleton, Upshur, Raleigh, and Pocahontas counties, and I was stunned speechless by the picturesque overlook of Germany Valley. I picnicked along the Sutton Dam, beneath the shadows of Seneca Rocks, and up on boulders overlooking Blackwater Falls, and I was introduced to the fine art of camping along the picturesque Greenbrier River.
And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter which corner of the state you’re in, West Virginia is amazing. There’s stunning scenery, fabulous food, and talented and gracious people at every turn. So in my future posts, I’m going to share a little bit about my experiences in each of these counties. The hard part will be—where to begin? Cucumber, West Virginia, you say? Ok—next week, I’ll share how Cucumber put me in a pickle.
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