Exploring West Virginia

West Virginia Travel Blog

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Still in VA but getting closer to the mountains!!
Hubby and I went on a little road trip this weekend. We headed towards West Virginia to visit some friends of ours.
On the way there we stopped at the Smoke Hole Caverns (see review).
Since I have a lot of studying to do I'll have to write more later. We did have a great time though and it was a nice break from the books. :)
So here I have a home assignment to write about anything I want and I won't have to send it in. Finally a chance to write about our trip to West Virginia.
We started out on a Saturday around lunch time. Since we were not going to meet up with our friends until 7:00 pm that night we were going to have plenty of time to get there. That's why we chose the scenic route. First we had to get out of this metropolitan area though. We went down I-66, famous for long delays, but we got lucky and where in Front Royal in no time.
Driving
There, we got off the interstate and continued on "back roads". It was great! So much to see and actually having time to look around was a nice change to the usual weekend rush to go to New York, where you can't see anything along the road except trees and the occasional accident, the latter being not pleasant for anyone.

Being on these small roads, that usually don't have signs up on where they're leading you to, was a great way to train my navigation skills. So equipped with my map I got us through all these little towns and made sure we stayed on the right road.  Hubby spotted a stand on the side of the road where a couple was selling peaches. We bought a whole bag (must have been at least 3 lbs.) for only $5. Time went by so quickly and before we knew it we were already near Seneca Rocks.
I see mountains!!
It was only 3:00 pm and we less then half of the way ahead of us. Great opportunity to convince hubby to go see a cave, something I have been wanting to do for the longest time.

There they were, the Smoke Hole Caverns near Seneca Rock and we passed right by them, so we stopped and purchased our tickets. Now we waited for the tour to begin. We had just missed a tour so our waiting time was almost 40 minutes. No big deal, when you've been sitting in a car for the past 3 hours. Standing by the entrance to the cave, I noticed how cold the air was that emerged from there. Hubby thought it might be a good idea for me to grab a sweater, since I'm usually the one that turns into an icicle first. By the time I got back the tour guide (he must have been no older then 15) was collecting the ticket stubs and the exploration could begin.
more road
Of course there was about 10 more stragglers that we had to wait on until we could actually begin our tour.

The guy explained to us how the cave became known as the Smoke Hole Caverns (because Indians used to smoke meat in there to keep it from getting spoiled, smoke coming out of the caves and frontiers witnessing this, named the caves). He also said it had been used by Moonshiners because it protected them from the eye of the law.
The caves themselves are pretty big, the walkways narrow at times won't give you a feeling of claustrophobia. The only thing I have a problem with are dark corners, I guess I've been watching too much LOST. ;)
For more info about the caves just read my review about them.
By the time we got outside again it was already close to 5:00pm. Now we had to get back on the road and make sure we weren't going to be late. Easier said then done since speeding is not an option on the curvy roads through the Appalachian Mountains.
We did make it to the other side of the Appalachians in time and even had time to spare to go get something to eat.
After we arrived at our friend's house we spent a great 2 days here, with really nothing noteworthy to write. Just good friends catching up.
missandrea81 says:
It was! :) I miss the States already.
Posted on: Apr 11, 2009
bkretzer says:
Sounds like a fun trip!
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
missandrea81 says:
:) We ended up somewhere between Charleston and Weston. That's where our friend lives. Not sure what the town was called. It's not on the map. lol
Posted on: Dec 08, 2008
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Still in VA but getting closer to …
Still in VA but getting closer to…
Driving
Driving
I see mountains!!
I see mountains!!
more road
more road
cows!
cows!
rocks and woods
rocks and woods
scenic drive
scenic drive
Hmmm... maybe we should check it o…
Hmmm... maybe we should check it …
Map of West Virginia
Map of West Virginia
Entrance to the cave
Entrance to the cave
Waiting for our tour
Waiting for our tour
Motel by the caves
Motel by the caves
Hubby relaxing
Hubby relaxing
me
me
Its locked!
It's locked!
little creek coming out of the cave
little creek coming out of the cave
The mountains
The mountains
Waiting by the entrance
Waiting by the entrance
Posing with the moonshine
Posing with the moonshine
Sparkly rocks
Sparkly rocks
Underground lake
Underground lake
hubby
hubby
starting to see things
starting to see things
In the big chamber
In the big chamber
Me and the natural spring
Me and the natural spring
Look for the sign!
Look for the sign!
Seneca rocks
Seneca rocks
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
more hummingbirds
more hummingbirds
In the old country, my grandma mad…
In the old country, my grandma ma…
Yellow finch
Yellow finch
Our friends pavilion in the woods
Our friends pavilion in the woods
127 km (79 miles) traveled
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