Year In Review :: 2021

Year In Review :: 2021

There is something really special about the end of a year and the letting go of one year and looking forward to the next. I love these days after Christmas and before the end of the year comes. For me it is such a reflective and tender time when I look back and marvel at [...]

Around the Gauley River {West Virginia}

Around the Gauley River {West Virginia}

Before making our way home, we took a long loop around the area of the Gauley River so we could enjoy some last views of this beautiful area. The Gauley River is right next to the New River Gorge and is part of a national recreation area. This river is more about peaceful exploration than [...]

Walking Along The Rail Trail- Hawks Nest State Park {West Virginia}

Walking Along The Rail Trail- Hawks Nest State Park {West Virginia}

We spent our last evening walking along the old rail trail of Hawks Nest State Park. West Virginia use to be one of the country's leading coal mining areas and trains would criss cross throughout the state transporting that coal. But with the end of coal mining the trains fell to the wayside. But the [...]

Visiting America’s Newest National Park- New River Gorge {West Virginia}

Visiting America’s Newest National Park- New River Gorge {West Virginia}

We made our way to New River Gorge National Park, the country's newest national park having being upgraded from a national river to a national park in December 2020. And because it is still so new, some of the park is still being configured to fit the increased number of visitors. Because the park stretches [...]

The Old Grist Mill-Babcock State Park {West Virginia}

The Old Grist Mill-Babcock State Park {West Virginia}

On an impromptu adventure we made our way to West Virginia for a taste of what makes this the 'wild and wonderful' state. And we discovered the tagline perfectly fits the state. It is a wonderland of wild, natural beauty that is largely untouched by cities and industry. And true to form, our first stop [...]

The House of Seven Gables {Massachusetts}

The House of Seven Gables {Massachusetts}

This house in New England was originally built in 1668 by ship owner and merchant Captain John Turner. But it is always remembered as the setting of the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables. Anyone who enjoys a good gothic novel has heard of this seven gabled house. Touring this house is [...]

Whites Mill and Mercentile {Virginia}

Whites Mill and Mercentile {Virginia}

We found ourselves in the small town of Abingdon, Virginia and took a small windy road up to see Whites Mill. This beautiful old grain mill in listed on the Historic Sites register. Take a look into the past at the massive undertaking it was to create flour, cornmeal, etc by grinding grains with giant [...]

Midsummer Night’s Dream Statue {Virginia}

Midsummer Night’s Dream Statue {Virginia}

On our second day in Southern Virginia, we went to the small town of Abingdon to see the beautiful statue of Midsummer Night's Dream. This fanciful statue plays tribute to the magic and mysticism of Shakespeare's play by the same name. Created by the talented artist Charles Vess, this statue brings you right into the [...]