The old car crept up behind me. A little sheepish about being found standing in the middle of a road in rural Mingo County, I turned, nodded, and started to walk away from the Dingess Tunnel, saying, “Sorry, sorry.”
I had probably been to Summersville Lake, in Nicholas County, a dozen times, but the last visit was more than a decade ago.
Because of lingering concerns about COVID-19, West Virginians didn’t get much of a Vandalia Gathering this year. We aren’t getting an Appalachian String Band Festival, either.
I packed a can of beans for the Mothman, but ended up leaving them in the car when I got to Point Pleasant in Mason County.
There’s been a bit of a learning curve with traveling to the 55 counties and I think I’m figuring out what most people have probably known for a while — like, maybe don’t entirely rely on GPS or cellphone navigation apps.
A lanky, long-legged, sharp-billed bird stalked along the edge of the lake at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center on a rainy Saturday morning in Jackson County.
Stephen Miller at Pizzas & Cream, in Clay County, looked at the “Meat & Merlot” pizza I’d ordered and told his dad, Ed, “That one got a little done, don’t you think?”
Before we arrived at the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system, Debrina Williams with the Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted to swing by Hot Cup Coffee, in downtown Logan, to show off the coffee shop and maybe get a cup before we jumped in a side-by-side.
I felt a dull thud in the bottom of my stomach after I pulled the ragged manila envelope out of my mailbox. My name and address were written in big, messy letters. I presumed the package was from my sister, Susan, in Virginia.
All the way to Bakers Run Campground in Braxton County, I kept thinking there had to be a sign or a monument somewhere marking the official geographic center of the state. I just didn’t see it.
Site manager Jeremy Kohus led me through the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville. We’d already looked at the dinosaur display and the artifacts from the Adena people.
Grant Coleman at Mugshots Coffee Shop, in Wheeling, told me to try the Mugshots blend. He had a mediumish-dark roast Columbian and a dark roast called Highland Grog, but said if I really wanted to taste the notes of the coffee and get a full charge of caffeine, I ought to stick with his blend.