|Overlook, Cooper's Rock|
West Virginia, the "Mountain State," is a mixing bowl of cultures. Italians came here as glass and stone artisans, Polish came to West Virginia as mining experts. Scots and Irish came to settle after the Revolution, so did the French..looking for land where they could live free and independent. The state motto is "Montani Semper Liberi," or Mountaineers are always free. People who live here take that very seriously.
I like it like that.
|New River Gorge|
New River's famous, now, for white water rafting, hiking, camping, horseback riding and..once a year, bungee jumping or parachuting off the New River Gorge Bridge. If that's what you want to do, by all means, have a ball. I will stand by and watch.
Oh..and the Boy Scouts of America have also chosen the area as their new Jamboree campground. Welcome to West Virginia, Kids.
Hunting and fishing are big here, as everyone knows. My friend and avid outdoorsman, Chris Lawrence, passed along the gorgeous shot below It sort of says "West Virginia."
|Sandstone Falls. Courtesy of Chris Lawrence|
We also got our stubborn independence.
As much as I enjoy my travels, I always enjoy coming home again. That's a fair trade, too.
Come and see us.