Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Trip to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

Mum Mum had told Alan that she wanted to be buried in Parsons, West Virginia next to her mother and grandmother, so we began to make plans to drive to WV and hold a service for her there.  It is 850 miles from southwest Georgia to Parsons, WV, which meant a two-day drive for us.

We left on Sunday morning and drove to Greenville, SC, where we spent the night with my parents.  It was good to see them and spend time with them that evening.

Monday morning, we got an early start and headed towards West Virginia.  Unfortunately, between the heavy Memorial Day traffic and the torrential rains, it was a miserable day to be on the road. 

Here are glimpses of our drive through Virginia and West Virginia:

One of two tunnels we went through in Virginia.

Not sure if you can read the yellow sign in the picture below, but it says "Truck Escape Ramp!"  I can't help but wonder what would happen if the brakes failed and a truck actually had to use one of those escape ramps . . .  I don't think I'd want to be on the road to find out!

Alan managed to keep his "wicked sense of humor" even during the stressful drive!  We never knew when it would sneak up on the unsuspecting!!  :)

Driving through the mountains.

When we entered this tunnel, we were in Virginia and it was raining.

When we exited the tunnel, we were in West Virginia, and it was raining even harder!!

Here is a train full of cars loaded down with coal -- a common sight in West Virginia.

Five hundred miles later, we arrived at our cabin at Blackwater Falls State Park.  Alan had been teasing Tiffany the entire trip about the outhouse and the soggy roll of toilet paper on a nail outside the door!  :)  So, this little shed full of firewood was the perfect prop for continuing his joke!  Tiffany demonstrates her "horror" at having to use an outhouse!  :)

We had two cabins -- one for our family and one for Alan's sister's family.  Each cabin slept eight, so we "loaned" her a couple boys for a perfect fit!  :)  The cabins were really nice with large, cozy family rooms that accomodated our crowd quite nicely, and were perfect for our rousing Catchphrase Tournament!!!

These are some of the many deer we saw in the State Park.

Right before we left on our trip, someone gave Bethany this umbrella.  What perfect timing!  She really enjoyed having her own umbrella to use during all the soggy weather.

In my next post, I will share more about our adventures at Blackwater Falls.


mommyx12 said...

I love the pictures. I love Virginia and West Virginia country. When I was a little girl we always went there to see relatives of ours. I can't remember who they were because they were really old. Like 80's and 90's and when you are only about 8-10 that's old! But I do love that part of the country. I lived in Ohio as a child so we made the trip quite often. About the runaway ramps..they are scary. I am from CO and they have those all over the place so having lived there most of my life I've seen several trucks over time on those hills. But I know I don't ever want to take a ride like that! Now I'm in WI and I don't think I've ever seen those ramps.

I look forward to seeing more of your adventures. I have lots of pics from our Colorado trip I need to get to but right now we are just trying to focus on the baby. I can't seem to think about much else right now. Plus, I'm just glad to be home and getting our family back into a routine.

tlmalcolm said...

I'm glad you found a nice place to stay for your large family. The cabins at all of the WV state parks are wonderful. And the PR people in WV have dropped the Wild from their promotions of the state but I will always think of Wild and Wonderful!! We always sing Almost Heaven as we cross into the state!! It's a family tradition!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

So sorry you had such a rainy drive! I know how stressful that can make even an "easy" trip!

I remember that trip well! It is a very beautiful drive, and I love the mountains and tunnels ..... especially the one that ends in the next state! I hope none of your children threw up on that drive like I did! (Sorry if I hit you by the way!) It is a lovely drive from Ohio as well.

Burlin and I always remarked about the truck escape ramps too...hoping we never had to use one ourselves, or see one used!

I am a bit disappointed that you didn't blog about "THE bridge"!! (I apologize in advance if it is still in the works.) Nor, were you brave enough to take the windy road under it! Our last trip there we drove that the van.... to re-experience my many memories on that road! (or to prove it really did exist!) Believe it or not, Amber actually got to drive, and at the end, our brakes were quite hot and smelly! I don't think anyone was disappointed they had missed out on our annual excitement!

I loved the deer pics....Ben would have been eager to shoot one.....or at least hit it with the car! (Hopefully by the time he is old enough to drive he will realize that is NOT a good thing!)

We look forward to seeing the rest of your wild and wonderful adventures there in WVa...of course wishing they were for better reasons! Love you!

Samantha said...

I am from Northern WV. Truck sand pits are a usual thing!

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