My daughter Jen graduated from the University of Virginia Law School on the 23rd and Nancy and I decided to make the most of our trip east and stay for a week. We are staying with our good friends Paul and Marsha in Harrisonburg, Virginia during our stay here. Last Thursday we left early and spent the whole day in West Virginia. Paul grew up in West Virginia and was a great guide thru a very special part of the country, especially if you love nature at it's best.
We are so very proud of Jen and what she has accomplished and the wonderful person that she has become. She is truly a delight, and it was great spending time with her and her friends and family Saturday and Sunday. She has a job with a large law firm starting in January of next year.
After spending the day visiting some really beautiful places in WVA we visited Wildernest Inn, which is a bed and breakfast tucked way back in the woods near Petersburg, WVA. They have been there for 9 years and have developed a relationship with about a dozen of the local black bear population. I call them Bear Whisperers. We had drinks and dinner with them and during the whole time that we were there 6 different black bears meandered about the property sometimes as close as 5 feet from us. They were beautiful gentle creatures that we were able to observe without fear up close and personal. They do not feed them, so they are truly wild bears, but have become very acclimated to having humans around. What a wonderful experience that was.
I'll be including pictures of our whole day, including a hike to the top of Seneca Rocks which was about a 1000 ft incline in about 1 1/2 miles. Outstanding hike! We also had a picnic lunch up on Spruce Knob which is the highest point in WVA.
I'm going to do separate posts for Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks and Windernest Inn and the bears.
West Virginia is truly a beautiful place and we plan to return here in the fall sometime soon to experience the outrageous colors on display.