Saying so long to summer!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hey y'all! This weekend we took a spur of the moment camping trip up into the mountains of West Virginia to say so long to summer and welcome in the gorgeous fall weather. It was the most relaxing & wonderful weekend I've had in ages! The Mr. is from here and I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I've only been here for 2 years so there was lots for him to show me. We visited Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and Blackwater Falls. They were all amazing.




Seneca Rocks is ridiculously awesome. There is a hiking trail that takes you 1.5 miles up the rocks to an overlook...but the only true way to get to the very tip top is by rock climbing. It is steep yo! You can't see them in this picture but we counted 8 folks up there in the cracks & crevices. They are cray cray!



Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV with an elevation of 4,863 feet - it's also the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains. This place truly feels like you are on top of the world!

Notice the trees here? The branches and leaves do not grow on one half of the tree because of the wind up here. How cool is that?



Blackwater Falls is gorgeous. I love the sound of waterfalls and this one is a biggie. It's like 289 steps (stairs) down the side of the mountain to get down to the falls and you can hear it from the parking lot. We are in a dry season right now too, so I can only imagine what this thing is like with lots of water pouring over.

The leaves are just barely changing but in a couple weeks this area will be absolutely gorgeous! We are planning to go back and visit Cass, WV where we can take a train ride up through the mountains and take in the leaves during their peak. I cannot wait. Fall is my fave!




This one is Spruce Knob Lake, we stopped there coming down from the peak. It was so peaceful and beautiful. I love this shot.



Our camp ground (Seneca Shadows) was fantastic. We had an amazing view of Seneca Rocks from our tent. There were about 10 other tent campers but none of us were too close to each other. We had plenty of room the let the dog off the leash and throw his ball for him without him running into other peoples space.



He is a GREAT hiking/camping companion. At home, he's a jerk. Take him out into nature and he is like a totally different dog. He was made for this life! We did have a small run-in with a skunk. Thank goodness he listened when I called him back, otherwise we probably would have left his stinky butt there when we came home. (I jest, I would never leave my baby!)

He loves hiking and checking everything out! He makes a pretty good rock climber as well...



The scenery couldn't have been better but you know the best part of our trip? NO cell phone service. Oh yes, it was heaven. It was great to just get away, catch up and have some much needed "us" time without the constant interruptions of life and stupid cell phones or iPads!

We even had to use a map...a real, honest to God, map! I have not used a map since I was a child. With all the technology today there has just never been a need. Usually if we need to find something we GPS it on the phone. Without cell service I was not able to do that and you'd think that would be a little cause for panic but no...we just whipped out that handy little map and figured it out the old fashioned way. It was kind of fun, if I'm being honest.

I will leave you with several picture from the trip. If you do not camp I HIGHLY recommend it. There is truly nothing better than spending some quiet time away with your significant other, forced to just be content with each others company and the things around you in nature. It is one of my favorite things to do...and it's hella CHEAP compared to a hotel and room service or dinner out.
Don't hesitate...Go! Just go!


Spruce Knob & my boys!



Spruce Knob


Spruce Knob


Spruce Knob Lake


Seneca Rocks


Seneca Rocks


Blackwater Falls


Blackwater Falls


400 foot tall windmills (there were about 100 of them running along this ridge)










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