New River Gorge, West Virginia

Cooters Cabins and Campin'

Cooters Cabins and Campin’

So in 2014 I said that this was going to be the year of doing.  In other words, there are many different things and adventures that I have wanted to go on and I promised myself that I would actually do them.  Part of that was to experience things with friends and family that are obviously close to me.  To spend time with them, make time for them with my busy busy schedule.  I have done a decent job of living up to this…however there is still need for improvement and more adventures to go on!

 

One of the first adventures was going to New River Gorge, West Virginia.  I think we went in March and this is an amazing place.  I was not able to see everything that I wanted and do all the things that I wanted but here are a few pics and views that were spectacular.  We started at Cooters Cabins & Campin’.  Honestly, it was a great place and we were only 1 of two groups that were there for the weekend.

 

Old Truck

Cooters campground was definitely a great place to spend our weekend. I love seeing things (this truck) like this from the past. It gives you a view of a different time. A time when things might have been slower or a time when life was a bit simpler. That is what I truly love about getting out there and having a good camping experience. It causes you to enjoy the simple things in life without all the noise of TV’s, Computers and Cell Phones. Its always good to disconnect!!

Camper

So this is my 2003 Dutchmen Sport 26′ TT (Travel Trailer) graduating from an old popup that we loved. I bought it this year from a friend and it is in really good shape. What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing. The kids are playing games, enjoying the outdoors and experiencing life outside the burbs. I’ll post some specs on the TT another time.

Dog

This particular picture was an amazing surprise! We were sitting around in the morning and out of nowhere comes this Golden Retriever. The amazing thing about dogs is each one has its own unique personality and every once in a while you encounter one with an exceptional personality. This particular dog was amazing and I truly wish I would have gotten this on video as it was an just one of those moments. This dog came out of absolutely nowhere and I’m assuming it was Cooters. He ran over to us unexpectedly, jumped on the blanket on his back and just started rolling all over the kids with this huge smile on his face. He had to have rolled around in the kids arms for at least 5 minutes. Immediately the kids started laughing, the dog just smiled away and we all just jumped into the moment. This was just one of those unforgettable times that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. Joy and Bliss can come from the little and most unexpected thing if only we Program our Mind to enjoy these little things. ~~~Unknown

ZipLine1

Nothing better than a rope bridge. At this point I’d say we were about 35 – 40 feet up in the air. The views were spectacular, the environment was pristine and generally untouched. I can say that the people guiding us through the forest were very knowledgeable about the surroundings, what this company was doing to preserve the environment and how to keep things fun, moving and safe.

Zipline2

For those of you who may be a little scared to do something like this it was incredibly relaxing, very controlled and safe. None of the ziplines were extremely fast and the guides properly instructed you on which ones were longer or faster than the other. All in all, I’d have to say for me it was incredibly relaxing. One of the most amazing things for me was the difference in the types of trees and plants in this area. This place had the most amazing Hemlock trees that were old and gigantic. Additionally, they had giant rhododendron’s everywhere. Not like the ones you plant in your garden but the wild variety. Apparently they bloom for a short period of time in this location but I can only imagine what it looks like when the bloom.

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel arch bridge that spans 3,034 feet over the New River Gorge. It is located near Fayetteville, WV in the eastern United States in the Appalachian Mountains. The arch is 1,700 feet long and for many years was the worlds longest steel-span arch bridge now only the fourth longest. The view is always amazing and it is truly an EPIC view!! I highly recommend a visit here as there is much to do and amazing views.

Bridge from below

Here is a view from below the bridge. The amazing thing about the New River is the water was so clear and it was green!! From where I was standing I could have simply sat here and relaxed all day long.

Waterfall

So after viewing the bridge from the National Park site I asked for a map of the area to get down below the bridge and view it from the river. There were amazing sites along the way and some of the water features were spectacular. To get to this particular waterfall was an adventure in itself. I had to climb down (which I loved) a hillside that was about 30 feet high and under a bunch of rhododendrons that were gigantic. I leveraged the rhododendron branches as ropes to guide myself down to the bottom so I could get this close up view of the waterfall.

 

There are so many more pictures I could have posted from this area that were absolutely amazing.  Huge rock formations, river views, waterfalls etc.  I highly recommend taking a trip to New River Gorge, West Virginia.  I plan to make it back there soon as we only saw a small sample of what it has to offer.  Here are some resources to help you along.

http://www.newrivergorgecanopytour.com/

http://cooters.itgo.com/

http://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm


Travel is the best teacher.  The only way to an open mind is by taking a plane out into the open world~~~~unknown

 

About Adventures in the Burbs (72 Articles)
I'm now considered a survivor. A survivor of what you may ask? For my entire life I have been a walking time bomb due to a visitor embedded in my brain called an AVM, or an Arteriovenous Malformation. I never actually knew I had it. My story of survival is so improbably and spectacular that it is worthy of an entire book in itself. I may have a post in here somewhere on my blog that covers it. In the end I’ve survived a brain hemorrhage, brain surgery and I’ve been left with Epilepsy and Left Side Neglect. Believe it or not, Left Side Neglect has been nothing less than a fascinating experience although I don’t recommend it for the feeble or weak minded. In the end that time bomb exploded yet I’m still here to put my adventures up on this blog and I will never let my survivor experience hold me back from life. Although I’m now considered a “Survivor”, throughout life I have been many things and it seems I have assumed many different identities along the way. For me life has been a zigzagging adventure woven with change and that change has always been good. I’m truly blessed as my life has been nothing short of amazing and my cup has always been overflowing even in the worst of times. I’ve had a good family, good friends, excellent mentors along the way and an amazing wife. Wonder if she will actually ever read this?? I’ve been a musician, a dishwasher, a pizza maker, a break-dancer, a skateboarder, a long haired metal head, a United States Marine, a husband, a father to many, a technologist, a college student, an adventure racer, a businessman, a manager, a leader, a crisis manager, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur, an amateur RV’er, an amateur blogger, an amateur writer, an amateur photographer, a thinker, a doer, a traveler, a wannabe digital nomad, an adventurer, and a remote worker. So as you can see I’ve maintained just a few identities….but what’s in an identity anyway. I know my identity as a “survivor” will not sum up my existence nor define me as a person. My name is Will and I am all of those identities listed above and then some. Hopefully you will join me on my journey. Do take Care, Will

4 Comments on New River Gorge, West Virginia

  1. This is awesome! I wish we can try this when we get back to the states. 🙂

    • Adventures in the Burbs // June 13, 2014 at 1:10 am // Reply

      Its truly a beautiful place. I only covered a small part of it. If you ever get a chance, this has some of the best white water rafting on the East Coast. I did the rafting a long time ago in my early 20’s and it was so much fun. I think I’m headed back in the fall when the leaves turn and hit the white water again.

  2. Thank you so much. For such a nice post about West Virginia. My home.

    • Adventures in the Burbs // June 17, 2014 at 10:12 am // Reply

      You’re very welcome Catherine. I absolutely love West Virginia and hope to see more this year!! Any recommended places I should visit?

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