Today I thought I'd post a few remnants of various trips from all around West Virginia. One thing I've found to be true while travelling the countryside, you never know what you are going to find right around the bend.
I've also learned several valuable lessons while driving down the lesser known backroads, such as not all roads are listed on a map, and if you are on an unknown road and you see grass growing in the middle of it, well, that is a pretty good sign that you need to turn around and find an alternate route.
Conversely, I have discovered many interesting sites, met many great people and have rediscovered the uniqueness of Appalachia. It truly is an adventure every time I head for the hills.
It never fails that you find the most interesting sights alongside these country roads, such as this sign that we lucked onto near Birch River. Do you rent pigs?
I've saw wonders of the natural world and an outdoorsmans paradise.
And I've found one of the last vestiges of real, honest-to-God wilderness.
I've discovered scenic beauty that will bring tears to your eyes, and make you intensely aware that you are part of something larger than you ever imagined.
I was so impressed that I began to recognize beauty everywhere I turned, even in things that I would typically overlook.
Like this fungi...
And this milkweed...
And amidst a forest of color, I even noticed...
And lastly, I even grew to appreciate the significance of all this crap.
I would highly recommend that you take to the backroads, keep an open mind, and discover yourself in a new land.
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