This is a collection of videos from Hubby and my trip to Elkins, WV. During the 3 day excursion, we visited the West Virginia Wildlife Center, traveled around the Monongahela National Forest, explored our “cabin” and backyard river, visited Buckhannon, and rode on a train to see fall foliage.
We traveled there because it was the one year anniversary of my mom’s death. Buckhannon was her favorite place to visit, so this was a way of remembering her legacy she left for me. Her favorite time to visit was during the fall.
My chosen sister/ friend, Molly, and I are on our annual EPIC trip. Yesterday’s adventure took us to Reston, VA which by the way is the most expensive town/ city in VA to live in. We went to a small zoo there and then tried to find a LOVE sculpture. We ended up at the Reston Square which is where one of the Google offices is located.
We were having difficulty finding the sculpture because it was the one place we hadn’t looked. We asked a security guard where it was located. He gave us the deets and we were on our merry way.
A few moments after finding the sculpture, he walked around the building to make sure we found it. Not only that, he offered to take our photo next to it. We were afraid he was going to get hit because he was on the curb on a very busy street.
He took our photo from different angles, so that we could have the best photo of the both of us.
Even though, it’s not what someone said, it’s what someone did for us on our adventure.
After our photo shoot, we rode on the Metro to Arlington and back. However, that’s a story for another day.
In February, we got a new puppy, Gaston. He is still learning how to walk on a leash. I took him for a walk to get exercise and to also capture photos of the spring beauty around my neighborhood. Gaston was super happy when we saw his friends, Cooper and Brownie, on the walk. He got to walk/ bounce all the way home with them.
Last Tuesday into Wednesday, we had an April snow. It seems that every year we have one snow in April. This year it was in late April rather then at the beginning of the month. We got about 1.5 to 2 inches in my area. It took me 5 minutes to unearth my car from the snow because the branches of my maple tree hindered me being able to clean it off completely.
This is me that morning after my drive to work. I had seen the beauty of the sprig snow and was ready for it to melt.
When I started this blog, my youngest was five years old and my oldest was almost seven. I always called the youngest the Wee One because he was a tiny little human until recently. He is now taller than me and almost as tall as his dad. My oldest who used to be known as the Imaginative One is now 17 and is the tallest grandkid, something he is proud about.
These photos were taken on Christmas Eve between the rainstorms of that day. Very rarely (ok never) do we dress alike, so these are rare photos.
Near Charleston, there is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is located on John’s Island. It’s reported to be between 400 and 500 years old.
It’s free to visit but you need to make sure you are following the guidelines especially the one about not touching any of the limbs. They want to make sure the tree continues to survive for future generations to enjoy.
We stopped there the day after Christmas. When we got there, there were people there but it wasn’t too crowded. However by the time we left, the crowd had picked up. I loved the fact I was able to photograph the tree without too many people in the way unlike how it is in the summertime. There are always tons of people milling around because this tree is a must see. During pre-Covid time, you could bring a picnic lunch and eat while enjoying the tree. Now, you have to be masked up, follow the directed signs to the tree, and are not allowed to eat at the picnic tables.
We went to Charleston for Christmas week. While there, we visited downtown Charleston and walked around a little bit. One of the places we ended up was at the corner of Meeting and Tradd Street. I had to investigate and find out where the house was located.
I don’t know if this actually 55 Tradd Street because I couldn’t find the house address. It’s either 57 or 55 because on one side is 59 and on the other is 53. I’m going to say it is 55 Tradd Street.
Whether it is 55 Tradd Street or not, it was pretty cool to find a place you’ve read about in a book. It puts a picture in your mind while reading the book.
My husband made plans to go white water rafting for a few of his boys that he took down to Key West a year ago. It was sort of a “family” reunion because the BOYZZZZ (I can’t remember the number of z’s) were back together minus one of them. He also made plans to take Youngest also.
As he was finalizing the plans, my niece decided she also wanted to go. Since she was going, I decided I would go along also. It was going to be my first time away from home since before my mom died in October.
We were supposed to go back to Louisville in March but then the whole quarantine happened so that was a no go. Anyway, I think this was more fitting because Mom loved West Virginia. She had family there that she would go and visit with her family. Then she went to college there. So she would visit there a lot. She was not a big traveler so she either went to Kentucky to visit her friend or West Virginia when she got older.
It was decided I was not going to go white water rafting for 2 reasons. One is that I have done it and had no desire to do it again. Also, we had 8 people which was going to be 2 rafts full. They would need a third raft to fit us all.
My husband and I stayed in a cabin while the BOYZZZZ and Youngest camped out. (My niece slept in our cabin one night and outside the next night.)
The first day consisted of us traveling down to West Virginia and then just hanging out at the camp site. While they gathered around the fire, I took a walk and got some photos of the sunset and some of the beautiful foliage and scenery. Our campsite had these huge rocks just randomly placed around the area. They were pretty rocks, so I needed some photos of them.
Here is a video of our trip down and the first day we were in West Virginia.
Today I was talking to someone about seeing the cast of Boy Meets World while on the Disney College Program. I’ve been binge watching the last season of the show. Can you believe that the last season was 20 years ago?
I don’t have any photos to prove I really saw them. Just my memories and stories.
Anyway, Mom loved Days of Our Lives. She was super excited because one of her favorite actresses, Deidre Hall, was going to be at Disney-MGM Studios. Luckily, I was off the day she came to the Studios.
I got to watch her speak and put her hands in the cement. She had her youngest son, Sully, with her when she was at the Studios.
Did you know that they would not put all of the cement hand prints out in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney-MGM Studios? I tried to find the hand prints of the cast of Boy Meets World 5 years later. That’s when they informed that they didn’t keep all of them.