Spring Break in Wonderful West Virginia

Definitely the theme of our trip. So sit back, relax, put your feet up on the nearest The Cheat, grab a Cold One and listen as I recant for you the story of the best spring break gone wrong EVER. 🙂

It all started pretty normal…

Erin John and I showed up at Ashleigh’s house around 7:00 on Saturday morning. We unpacked John’s Rubicon into Ashleigh’s living room, started dividing up the gear. We had to call Nick to get him to come over, so he got there at 8. When all was said and done, we ended up departing from Bloomington at 9:30am; two and a half hours after we had planned.

This should have been the first sign.

We stopped for lunch in Zanesville Ohio, same place that we stopped on the best spring break ever… the trip to New York City and Washington DC. After lunch we continued on our way.

When we got closer to the Dolly Sods Wilderness, we had to travel up a mountain using Forest Service roads. When we neared the Dolly Sods Picnic Area, we came upon this PICTURE COMING SOON. Who would have thought there would be snow on the top of a mountain in March?

So after discussing our options, we discovered that there were a couple people in the crew who did not want to hike or camp in snow. We also decided to head over to the nearest town, Petersburg WV, with the hopes of finding a 24-hour eating place. Well, Good Ol’ Petersburg WV didn’t have said 24-hour joint, so we had to travel an extra 20 minutes North to Morefield WV.

When we arrived in Morefield, we found a McDonald’s and had a snack and tried to discuss plans there, but they were closing. Our journey led us straight to the Wal-Mart. Amidst one of our party disapearing in the toy section, a bit of drama that came as a result, some tempers flaring and me purchasing a tripod, we ended up deciding that it was best that we stay in the Wal-Mart parking lot for the night.

We woke up the next morning, headed to a park on the Patomic River, and ate breakfast. This park had the BEST TASTING water that I have EVER had to drink.

After breakfast, we packed up and headed for the New River Gorge, about a four hour drive. We started a search for a campsite around the Cunard trailhead, but were unsucessful. It has been determined that said campsite had been demolished by some road construction.

Admiting defeat, we retreated to the New River Gorge Bridge for a while, took many pictures and surrendered to the fact that we were going to have to spend one night in a hotel to re-group. The lady at the front desk of the hotel, after hearing our story decided to give us a discount for being at a funeral for the night. The Funeral For Our Spring Break is what the night became known as. Luckily the hotel had a pool and a hot tub :).

That night, we discovered that Mom Byer had done some calling around and found us a very kind gentleman, Randy Robertson, who allowed us to camp on his property for $5 a night. He was the savior of our spring break.

We set up camp, played on the stick, made dinner and slept. It was a relief to sleep somewhere outside and not a car seat or a hotel bed. Tuesday rolls around and we wake up to a sick Nick and rain with the promise of sleet on Wednesday. The decision was made that because of the circumstances, we were going to pack up, admit total defeat by the Not-So-Great State of West Virginia, and head back to Bloomington.

That’s about it. Besides the bad circumstances, it was a really good trip. You all will be able to see in my Photoblog pictures of some of the most beautiful places that I have ever traveled through. Some of us also had an amazingly fun time regardless of what was happening around us.

anyway, I apologize for the long pinKUS-esque post. I hope you all read it.

I’m back, and ready to catch up on the blogging that I’ve missed, so I’ll be reading at a furious rate the next few days catching up.

The End-of-the-Blog Rundown

Song of the DayThe Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

Quote of the Day – “What part of ‘meet us at the stick’ did you not understand?” – Everyone on the trip… it seemed to be a re-occuring theme.

Hero of the Day – Randy Robertson for letting us stay on his property.

Darwin Award Recipient for the week of March 8, 2004
Whoever thought it was a good idea to add onto a trailer to make it look as if the trailer was being consumed by a house… You are the winner. I don’t know who you are, but I know that you ran a trading post in West Virginia out of your trailer/house.

Current Mood – Exhausted… It’s been a really long week.

If I feel like it, I’ll update the LJ sometime this week, I just discovered some new tricks with it, so I will be updating it more frequently. I will also let you into my new hobby, maybe even start a blog for it as well as update my Photoblog and Resolutionsblog.

Until the next post…
peace out yo!

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