Tuesday, June 30, 2009

West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful?

Here is part two of my travel "adventures."
After spending time in Virginia, we drove to West Virginia to attend the Summersville, WV BlueGrass festival and do some camping for a couple of days before the festival started. We arrived two days early so we could enjoy some camping and sightseeing in the area before the music began.
The state uses the term Wild and Wonderful on their license plates and their tourist information. It is an interesting description. If you love white water rafting, hiking and skiing in the winter this is probably a great place for a vacation. And if you want to go to one of the best Blue Grass Festivals around, Summersville, WV is it. There are a LOT of mountains, hollows and not much in the way of flat land.

One day we traveled about a half hour south of the campground to the New River Gorge National Park. The whole area is rich in history,scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.
If you want to learn more about it you can visit the website New River Gorge
The gorge itself is beautiful and put us in mind of the grand canyon of Pennsylvania. There is a LOT of white water rafting and kayaking in the river. Here is a picture of some rafters that were enjoyed the day while we where there. The zoom lens of my camera enabled us to see them, though not exactly up close.

Another attraction is the big bridge. It is an amazing architectural wonder. The road is 876 feet from the bottom of the gorge. They say it is the second highest in the US.
Here is one of the pictures I took.

After coal mining ended the area was able to regenerate all the growth that had been removed to get at the coal. It is home to many types of trees, wildlife and such. Here is a picture of a mountain laurel. I was pleased to get close enough to get a nice picture. We have lots of it in Pennsylvania too but we are usually driving by it in such a hurry we don't have a chance to enjoy it.

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