Almost Heaven… West Virginia!
Both sides of my family were born and raised in West Virginia, and I always enjoy getting to spend time there whenever we can. Since we would be next door, so to speak, in Virginia for the Shenk Family Reunion, we decided to spend a week camping and relaxing in Charleston afterwards. It was a beautiful time of year to see the Mountain State and we were lucky enough to spend a lot of time with one of my favorite people, my cousin Jimi Lynn.
|Our peaceful lovely campsite at Kanawha State Forest|
|Visiting with Jimi Lynn and her animals.|
|Savannah the donkey thought I had more carrots. I did not.|
|But James did!|
|The boys hanging out on the farm.|
|I love her. I call her my Ba-donkey-donk. 😆|
|Silly boy. He spent most of his time playing in the creek.|
|West Virginia loves us back!|
|Ellie and Chris just hanging out and making funny faces at each other. Love them so much.|
|We drove into Sissonville and surprised my Aunt Ruth. She’s so sweet!|
|Shenanigans in downtown Charleston. We had very delicious pizza at Pies & Pints that I’m still thinking of fondly…|
|A handful of monsters and a face full of road rash from a mountain biking accident.
Still so cute!
|Enjoying delicious coffee and some adorable sibling fun.|
|Three feisty girls. Love this picture.|
|Definitely my favorite by far. Hilarious. Way to stay calm and hold the baby, Jimi.|
|With views like this by the campsite, we spent a lot of time just enjoying nature there.|
|James even captured a moment where Chris and I were both sitting at the same time!|
|James and I enjoyed one of our favorite outdoor activities–creek-walking.|
|Ellie got in on the fun, relaxing time as well.|
|Truly a beautiful place.|
|Feeling all the love from WV.|
|Finding happiness in a swing at a local playground.|
|Big brothers are the best.|
|James and Chris went off on a mountain biking adventure together.|
|Ellie and I explored the backroads and found charming old barns and gorgeous vistas.|
|Of course our Eleanor had to stop in and say hello to Eleanor, WV.|
|My two sweethearts getting ready for bed in our little trailer.|
|Ellie hit the 9-month mark in West Virginia. Getting so big!|
|Family hike through the state forest on our last day of vacation.|
|Disappearing into the lush green woods.|
|Ellie loved being in the backpack– just like James used to.|
|And she fell asleep in it– just like James used to.|
|She hit 9 months and thought she should take over driving us home.|
West Virginia is absolutely beautiful and the people are friendly and welcoming. We can’t wait to go back and spend more time amongst the wonderful Mountaineers.