West Virginia… Mountain Mama…

Well, I’m not a mountain mama, but I did drive through West Virginia today. I think I’ve finally convinced myself that I do not have to go as fast as everybody else. Driving slower than the speed limit makes me feel safer and they can just GO AROUND! LOL

I stopped for lunch at this place

It’s called Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia. It’s a showplace for local artisans and craftsmen and everything on display is for sale. They even have little rooms where you can watch an artist in action. The items include everything you could imagine, glassware, paintings, wooden toys, clothing, metalware,  furniture, pottery, food. All items come from West Virginia businesses, mostly small individual entrepreneurs. What a great concept to showcase the local talent.

There’s a restaurant that serves downhome country cooking. I had two kinds of pie: a savory chicken pot pie and a slice of peanut butter pie. Yum! And I bought only one thing.

I’m headed to the east coast, somewhere in South Carolina. Searching for warmth and sunshine. The temperature hasn’t been cooperating, though. It’s cold, windy, and I saw snow flakes this morning. Arrgggh!

Mountains and More Mountains

Tuesday – I went to Shenandoah National Park – the first NP in my new life. I got the America the Beautiful Senior Pass which lets me in all National Parks for free for the rest of my life.  I also got the first stamp in my National Parks Passport Book. Thanks Deb!

I drove through about half the park. Saw a lot of hikers, but I didn’t feel like climbing up and down mountains. And it was cold and rainy. So, just the one picture.  And, once again, all the buildings were closed. I guess I thought all the park facilities were open year round, but no, the Visitor Centers and campgrounds don’t open for another few weeks. Even the Lodge was closed. So tonight I’m parked at a Walmart.

Beautiful park, disappointing day.

Wednesday – I’ve been driving through the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, up into Pennsylvania, and back down into West Virginia. And just when I was getting used to mountain driving, (which has not been something I enjoy) the winds picked up until they were 25 mph. Not fun while going up and down, dodging semi’s and trying to go the 70 mph speed limit. The gusts were so strong I was getting scared. So I stopped at a motel to wait it out. Should be better tomorrow.