“USA 🇺🇸 ~Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina”

We traveled through two more states on the East Coast, from Pennsylvania, before finally arriving in North Carolina. Our goal has been achieved!
I would be lying if I said we weren’t tired, but it’s all been so amazing and memorable.  Daryl said it best when he said “This has sure been a sweet trip.”
Driving over 13,000 miles and touring something like 30 states; and some twice; coming and going, does take some effort. We are proud of ourselves for sure, and grateful we are healthy and able to do what we do!
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Tomorrow, we will depart from West Virginia, go back through Virginia, again, where we will make the long drive to eventually make it to the southern shores of North Carolina; where we will be welcomed with open arms by our family! There, we will get to stop driving, rest up, play with the grandkiddos and finalize the organizing, including fixing some minor issues in Tiny, before we drive back westward.
We won’t be going home, home, but Daryl needs to be near, so he can complete the matters, involving the death of his mother; otherwise we would not go back all that way at all.
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In 1788, following the Revolutionary War, Virginia became the tenth U.S. state. But, in 1861 Virginia seceded, or withdrew from the Union, what was then, the United States.
The history of Virginia began in the 1500’s when visited by Spanish Explorers.
The occupants at that time were tribes of Algonquain, Iroquoian and Siouan peoples in the late 16th century.
Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth 1st named the area;  Virginia in honor of the Virgin Queen.
The first permanent English settlement, backed by the London Company, was founded in 1607, by John Smith and other colonists, including John Rolfe who later became the husband of Pocahontas. The main reason for establishing a colony so far from the English homeland was purely economic.
The colonists hoped to find gold and spices and land to grow crops. What they found was a hostile environment. The English gentlemen were ill suited to deal with the weather, swamps, poisonous snakes and soil that was not suited for crops. Most of the original colonists were gentlemen who had no real ability for farming. A friendly relationship with the local natives helped them survive. They finally found success with Spanish tobacco.
Since Virginia was the site of the first permanent English settlement, the state is known as “the birthplace of a nation,” as well as the “Mother of Presidents;” that is eight Virginia born gentlemen succeeded to the highest office in the land, including four of the first five presidents.


Other facts of note, are that battlefields in Virginia were the sites of surrenders that ended both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars: Yorktown for the Revolutionary War and Appomattox for the Civil War.
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While I’ve been to both states, it was a long time ago, and I’ve never been in Autumn. It is the most beautiful this time of year, IMHO. My heart sang as I looked around us, surrounded by the scenery of all the colors. Perfect timing, once again!
Though we are further South, we left Maryland at a comfortable 63 degree daytime temperature, and arrived in Gauley Bridge, WV to a cool daytime temperature of 43 degrees; all in a seven hour drive! This, of course is why the colors are popping in this state.
It’s cold!
I drove most of the eight hours, so didn’t get very many photos, but I sure drank in every minute of the color show!
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Driving into Virginia, and in to West Virginia ⬇️




During the Civil War, West Virginia was admitted into the Union as the 35th U.S. state, or the 24th state if the secession of the 11 Southern states were taken into account.
In April 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the admission of West Virginia into the Union effective June 20, 1863.
“Mountaineers Are Always Free” is the state motto of West Virginia. The phrase reflects the history and identity of the state and indicates how West Virginia became the 35th state in the Union on June 20, 1863. The land that formed West Virginia used to be part of Virginia, but the two areas differed in both surroundings and people.
Pioneering individuals, mountaineers, settled in the western portion, while a slave-holding aristocratic society developed in the eastern portion. Westerners wanted to separate from Virginia, and first tried to in 1769, but were unsuccessful.
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Gauley Bridge, West Virginia New River Campground ⬇️ Gorgeous!


Spooky Halloween 

😂😂😂

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With a lucky break in the weather, we jumped in Rusty and did some exploring. As we returned to Tiny, all cozy and warm, another storm hit. Daryl already loaded the outside items, before it rained, so departing in the morning, will be made just that much easier.
We are focused at this point on getting to our grandkiddos! Nothing else is on my mind, including stopping and exploring. It will be perfect to take the time, once again to do family!

Enjoy the photos in beautiful West Virginia! ⬇️

Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, (closed for the season) jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. Its 31-room lodge offers luxurious rooms, dining and spacious conference and meeting facilities.
Located just 10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge, Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National Park and Preserve below.


Long before Hawks Nest became a state park, the area was a nesting ground for numerous osprey and the site of a trail used by Native Americans.
In the late 1800s, the portion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway running through the gorge was completed, and scattered most of the birds inhabiting Hawks Nest’s cliffs. In 1934, the Hawks Nest Dam and lake were completed. At the time, they were used to generate hydroelectricity for the growing manufacturing industry and for flood control.
In 1935, the state of West Virginia purchased much of the property that is now Hawks Nest.
In 1963, the Department of Natural Resources took control of the property and built the park lodge and other facilities which now draw visitors from nearly every state, to enjoy the scenic views of the New River Gorge.


At time of construction, the New River Gorge Bridge’s arch made it the longest steel arch bridge in the world, a title it held until 2003 with the construction of China’s Shanghai’s Lupu Bridge.
It is still, currently, the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the United States and the third highest bridge in the country.
Though the bridge itself employs a fairly conventional design, its construction represents a number of construction achievements. The engineers and ironworkers overcame major obstacles, due to its enormous scale and the then-remote Appalachian location.

The New River Gorge Bridge is located in a once remote area of West Virginia, just north of Fayetteville in Fayette County, West Virginia. The bridge is situated in the northern section of the 53-mile long New River Gorge National Park and Preserve; a unit of the National Park Service, and is surrounded by lush Appalachian Mountain forest. It carries U.S. Route 19 across the deep gorge of the New River which runs 876 feet below.
A rail line runs along each side of the river at the bottom of the gorge, while Fayette Station Road (State Route 82) winds its way down the steep terrain and under the bridge on both the north and south sides.
The bridge is a continuous-span, open-spandrel, arch truss bridge, constructed of steel. The overall length of the bridge is 3,030 feet, 6 inches (measured from center-to-center of end bearings) and the arch, the longest steel arch in the United States, measures 1,700 feet. The width of the bridge is 73 feet 5 inches to the outside of the parapet walls. In total, the massive structure weighs in at 88 million pounds including 21,000 tons of structural steel, 1,700 tons of reinforcing steel, 17,000 cubic yards of substructure concrete, and 6,000 cubic yards of superstructure concrete.
The bridge includes four, 12-foot vehicular lanes, a 6-foot 10 inch median with barrier, and two 8-foot wide shoulders with safety parapets. All structural steel for the bridge is “COR-TEN B,” a weathering steel that rusts when exposed to the elements for several years and eliminates the need for painting. Its chemical makeup also increases its resistance to corrosion.
High-strength bolts, conforming to the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials, were used in connections. 

The bridge was not only an engineering feat, but also a great improvement for the economy and lives of local residents. The drive across the gorge at this location was reduced from a 45 minute drive on winding and often treacherous roads to less than a minute. Once it opened to regular traffic, the bridge completed the link to connect areas north and south of the gorge. Traffic along the route increased 140 percent with the opening of the bridge.

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Now, some photos as we left The Virginia states, for North Carolina ⬇️ We spent one night in North Carolina, after leaving West Virginia, and going back through Virginia. We got lucky with some good weather, to enjoy more fall colors.






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Fayetteville RV Campgrounds and Cabins ⬇️

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WEST VIRGINIA 

VIRGINIA 

NORTH CAROLINA 

The Northeast of the United States

STATES VISITED ON OUR USA ROAD TRIP

CALIFORNIA:

NEVADA:

OREGON:

KONA, HAWAII:

OREGON x2:

IDAHO:

UTAH:

WYOMING:

COLORADO:

NEBRASKA:

SOUTH DAKOTA:

NORTH DAKOTA:

MINNESOTA:

WISCONSIN:

ILLINOIS:

INDIANA:

MICHIGAN:

OHIO:

PENNSYLVANIA:

NEW YORK:

VERMONT:

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

MAINE:

MASSACHUSETTS:

RHODE ISLAND:

CONNECTICUT:

NEW YORK x2: 

NEW JERSEY:

PENNSYLVANIA x2 :

MARYLAND: 

WASHINGTON DC:

VIRGINIA:

WEST VIRGINIA:

VIRGINIA x2: ✅

NORTH CAROLINA: ✅

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