||A special treat
for all y'all. I'm gonna have a real West Virginian write about West
Virginia...here she is, my girlfriend, Lisa:
After finishing the
War and Peace
of summer vacation stories, Ken was too burned out to document his
exotic journey to West Virginia and asked if I wanted to step in.
I’m the reason Ken visits West Virginia. All of my relatives are still in
West Virginia. I grew up in the same community where my paternal
great-grandfather and great-grandmother settled, and many of my relatives
still live on land that my great-grandfather purchased. I’m grateful that I
grew up in a closely knit community where people helped each other out,
whether building houses, fixing cars or any other work that needed to be
done, and sometimes I miss that.
Ken took most of these photos on our trip to the Eastern Panhandle with Mary
Wade, our WV traveling companion and my oldest friend (“oldest” in the sense
of being the person I’ve been friends with longest). The Eastern Panhandle
is a narrow arm that juts into Maryland and Virginia, just a hair south of
the Mason-Dixon line.
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