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Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm Proud To Be From West Virginia!

I received this from an email this morning and thought I would share. For all you Mountaineers out there...enjoy!
Because of our mountains, we have rivers. The oldest river in theWestern Hemisphere, the New River (quite appropriately named, don't youthink) ends in West Virginia. We have the Gauley River, which confluence'swith the New River in a magnificent cascade to form the Kanawha River, whichin turn flows through the center of the State, and directly through thecapital city of Charleston, the largest city in West Virginia. These riversin addition to the Cheat, Blackwater, Tygart, Monongahela, Ohio andcountless others offer tremendous recreational opportunities.The tallest building in Charleston is barely 25 floors tall! ,which, ifyou think about it, is a plus; how could you possibly build askyscraper more beautiful than a mountain?The capital city stretches throughout the long river valleyencompassingboth hill and dale.The Charleston airport, the largest in the State, sits on top of a mountain. The crime rate in Charleston, including the entirepopulation of the Kanawha Valley (around 200,000), reflects that of theentire State, the lowest in America. No more than a handful of murders are committed each year.Charleston has no subway systems, but, truth be known, you can get from one end of town to the other, even in rush hour traffic, in less than ten minutes.There are three major interstate systems going through Charleston,the smallest city in America to make such a claim.The entire State has six different interstate systems, meaning, from Charleston, you can reach Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati,Pittsburgh, Louisville or Charlotte in four hours or less....Ah, but once you leave the interstates, the drive becomes a thing of wonder. Two lane roads, winding up and down the mountains, offer amazing views and historic places, small towns, poor in wealth but rich in history.West Virginia is the birthplace of Mother's Day, in Grafton; and Father'sDay, in Fairmont.We have the oldest covered bridge still in use. We have walnutfestivals. strawberry festivals, apple festivals and pumpkin festivals andbuckwheat festivals , and arts and crafts fairs and stern wheel regattas and ramp dinners.We have Bridge Day, on the New River Gorge Bridge over 800 feetabove the New River; the only standing structure in the United States that, one day a year, allows parachuting and bungee jumping.We have college basketball, and minor league baseball and hockey, and, just like all of America, Friday night high school football.We have white water rafting, and skiing, and hiking, and caves, and waterfalls, and camping in every direction. We have Sundays where a leisurely drive in the car can take eight hours, and only cover 100 miles.We have bed and breakfasts, and resorts, and golf courses, andmuseums, and the Greenbrier Hotel. West Virginia has more natural beauty and wonder than any person could ever imagine.We have all of this, and yet .... our greatest asset is our people.West Virginians are good people. We care about each other. We talk to our neighbors over the backyard fence.We grow tomatoes for the entire neighborhood. We turn around in each other's driveways, and yell "howdy" when we do.We sit on the porch on warm summer evenings, listening to crickets, and watching kids catch fireflies.We loan a hammer, or a cup of sugar. We don't take two-hour lunches, but we do spend a few minutes each day with a cup of coffee, and our feet upon our desk, shooting the breeze.We rarely get in a hurry. We have relatives just down the street. We don't just loan someone a socket wrench, we help them fix their car. Weshare recipes, and gardening tips, and our last cup of coffee. We baby-sit each other's kids, we housesit each other's dogs while we're on vacation, and we loan each other our cars if we have to get to the drugstore.We ask each other if we need anything as we're going to the market.We celebrate each others accomplishments, and we cry over eachother's disappointments.We are a friendly folk. We are West Virginians.Mountaineers are always free! Free to take the time to enjoy life,and hold each moment in our hearts, forever.


Anonymous Jason Bell said...

Just a clarification: There are numerous bridges and structures in the USA that permit BASE jumping each year, including the tallest bridge (Royal Gorge in Colorado). Many of them allow us to jump quite a bit more than the small 6 hours at New River. Plus, there has be no bungee jumping at Bridge Day since 1993.
-Jason Bell, Bridge Day BASE Coordinator

6:33 AM  
Blogger DebVA said...

Boy oh boy - you've made me miss home. I grew up in Clarksburg. Thanks for the memories......

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Lori DiBacco said...

Didn't catch this post until today but what a great description of WV! It's a wonderful place to call home!

9:08 PM  

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