Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2017 - 10
FROM THE EDITOR
Summer Trips: A Good One
In the spirit of this issue's summer getaways theme, here's a look back at a great
family trip to West Virginia.
by Kurt Rheinheimer
Joe Tennis' piece on great summer excursions in our sevenstate coverage area (see page 28) got me to thinking
And about how if you combine nine pretty-little kids,
10 30- and 20-somethings and one semi-geezer couple,
you've got a challenge for an all-enjoy vacation.
For our family the other summer, West Virginia had
the answer, in the form of Canaan Valley Resort State
Park as home base and that part of the state as playground.
Our four cabins were all within shouting-distance
proximity, and we were often thankful that people in
the other cabins nearby never seemed to notice the occasional vocal other-enthusiasm from certain people
not yet four feet tall, communicating with full excitement and volume from one cabin across the way to another. Over things like bacon, say. Whose turn it was
in the hammock. Or who wasn't throwing the Frisbee
enough to one particular person.
But aside from morning and evening, though, we
were largely away from the cabins, and instead out discovering some of the good fun nearby. As in several
Real Men and one Real Woman (age 7) taking off one
morning into Dolly Sods for an overnight backpacking trip, having left the slackers and the babies behind
after a lunch along Red Creek.
And a fine hike it was: A little more than six miles
up onto the plateau the first day, followed by a night
at a perfect camp spot and then just under eight miles
back down the next day. Dolly Sods lives up to its
piece-of-Canada reputation every time, with its bogs
and berries, vistas and evergreens galore. And the feeling of being alone and remote. Which, for the most
part, you are.
The best part of the week was different for each
For the tiniest among us: sitting on a lap and getting
to eat sweet and salty things like you've never tasted