Road To 50 Part 31: West Virginia

Largely mountains/forests, you never know what hidden treasures lie in West Virginia.

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Though situated in perfect proximity to major Eastern cities, West Virginia stands out from its bordering neighbors. Unlike many other states, this rugged state contains miles of dense forest and sharp, rock covered mountains. Nature is on full display here and the large presence/influence of the mining industry provides a different form of revenue for the Mountain State. I have driven through here many times, but that’s about all I have done. The superb scenery has been enough to keep me interested though, and the voyages through the mountains have always been an adventure.

Natural Vistas

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Nicknamed the Mountain State, it’s no surprise that mountains comprise a large part of West Virginia; yet, they also resemble my favorite aspect. The slopes here are wild, and driving alongside them has allowed me to analyze them piece by piece. The rocky terrain is seemingly endless and the zigging, zagging, climbing, and falling never fails to change their presence in front of me. It’s like every sharp curve leads into new layers of tall, sometimes profusely forested mountains. It’s just amazing how craggy they are in their natural state. Driving alongside them afforded me the ability to analyze with a thorough lens, allowing me to pinpoint the sharp, silver, disheveled rocks at the base of the foothills. It’s almost like these many ton rocks may fall out at any second and initiate a rock slide. Yet, it’s so mind-boggling how they are and have remained perfectly in place for presumably many years.

The peace and quiet of driving through West Virginia’s mountains has always made me think about becoming an ultimate road warrior. Due to the extremely sharp curves, steep climbs, and downhill plunges, the Mountain State has always piqued my interest when it comes to driving in it. It’s a stiff test to conquer, and any distraction by the natural luster could prove costly. Nonetheless, it injects an inspiration in me to get in a groove and be a successful mountain road conqueror. In fact, one of the first times I navigated wavy terrain was here, so that will always remain special to me because it was a learning experience. I felt nervous and excited at the same time during that drive in 2014, and I made sure not to get too caught up in the spectacular scenery. Looking back on it today, I will always have West Virginia to thank for “teaching” me how to propel through twisty roads. Recently, I drove through the state again, and seeing its string of untamed, undisturbed, picturesque mountains may have replenished my desire to live near them someday.

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Rishi Patel

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Rishi Patel's passion for writing is almost as great as his passion for traveling. Traveling remains the utmost favorite hobby and pastime for Rishi, which has led him to visit 47 of the 50 U.S. States and he cannot contain his excitement as he tries to reach the milestone of visiting all 50.

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