At Home Out on the Road

I went to college intending to study environmental science.
I thought I wanted to study in this field because being outdoors is one of my favorite places to be. After taking a few environmental science courses I knew I was meant to be there.
Then after actually researching the field, I realized just how much science is involved. You would think that the word science in the name would tip me off, but I never claimed to be smart. After combing through the entire catalog of majors at my University, I found one that spoke to me, even more than environmental science did. It involves outdoor recreation and environmental education, things I value highly to my happiness. The best part? It involved almost no science what so ever!

After spending time staring at the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, all of the feels about being outdoors took over again. My current job, that I love, is mostly a desk job and doesn’t really fit with the field I have my degree in, in the sense that it is indoors. If I had the chance one day to work outdoors in the recreation field, I just may jump at it. NW Ohio isn’t a hot bed in this field though.

Last weekend I was in West Virginia on a mini vacation and visited New River Gorge National Park and visited one of the famous sights of the park: the New River Gorge Bridge. I read that two Statues of Liberty can be stacked on top of the Washington Monument and there will still be room to spare underneath the bridge. It is amazing to think of the size of this bridge that spans the gorge. 2016-10-28-08-55-15 The entire park was majestic with the changing of the leaves for the season. There were hints of color that glowed when the sun peeked through the clouds. The sweeping views throughout the park were too much to fully take in during one short trip. 2016-10-28-09-11-15My absolute favorite place in the park that we saw was Sandstone Falls. I could have sat and enjoyed the falls for hours. Hearing the water run over the rocks and breathing in the fresh air was simply intoxicating. This is one of the reasons I feel at home when I’m outdoors. The beauty of the world around us is something I don’t take for granted and that is one reason that I wanted a degree in a field that allowed me to take advantage of this. 2016-10-28-12-34-35It also helps that I had the best company while I enjoyed these fantastic sights in West Virginia. Having people you care with around you makes the places you feel at home feel even more comfortable.
Vacations have a great way of soothing the soul.


  1. Great write up on the beautiful state of West Virginia. Sandstone Falls and the New River Gorge are two great examples of the awesome beauty of the mountain state.

    Hinton, Princeton and many other areas are experiencing revitalization that can be seen in farming, restaurants, grant funded murals and an eclectic art scene.

    The Tug Valley Road Runners Club supports a thriving running community in Williamson and hosts the Hatfield and McCoy Marathon each year.

    As they say there is so much more to the story.

    For generations West Virginia has been hit hard as an extraction state. Just this past summer flooding in the Green brier County area claimed 26 lives.

    West Virginia can rebound as the wonder it is.

    Inside Appalachia is a great source for interesting cultural and arts podcasts.
    Mountain Stage #822 got me through the Detroit International Half Marathon.

  2. What a beautiful place! I have never been there, but it looks like a place I would enjoy. Glad you enjoyed your vacation!
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