RV Trip 2014

RV Trip Part 1: West Virginia

RV Trip 2014

The first day of our 5000 miles RV trip went much slower than we expected. Not the driving part but the prepping — although I did enjoy driving our RV to the local suburban grocery store to stock up.

Luckily, we had chosen a place only 3-4 hours away: New River Gorge, West Virginia.

Even so, I had to call the rangers to double-check we didn’t need to know anything about our RV spot along New River since the ranger station would be closed by the time we arrived. She was nice but seemed a little skeptical of our plans.

Perhaps it was the one lane bridge we had to cross.

One lane bridge
We had one of these in the larger of the two towns I went to high school with so I felt at home-ish.

Or the two police officers and national park ranger who stopped us for what they called a seatbelt check but looked more like a meth raid to me.

Or the dirt road we had to maneuver down to get to our site along the New River.

But finally we arrived in the drizzle and were greeted by a camping neighbor whose accent was so thick, I’m only 50% sure he said, “You backin’ up here?”
Me: “Yes!”
Him: “Good.”

And once that was settled, we headed to the river.

Beach of New River
The only rainy day of the trip didn’t stop us.
Appalachian Mountains
The Appalachian Mountains that surround New River
Contemplating New River Gorge
I’m contemplating West Virginia. Or contemplating when Scott will stop taking pictures.
New River trees
I loved these trees with the exposed roots. Nature is so amazing.
Trains by the New River
Everywhere we went, trains followed.

We were boondocking, which means no electricity, water or sewer , quite the kickoff to our trip! Our neighbor also introduced us to his dog and warned us about raccoons. Or maybe he was inviting us over for dinner.

After sunset, someone started yelling ANYONE IN THERE and finally knocked. Scott considered not answering, but I don’t think we’ve ever been quiet enough to pull that off. Plus, it turned out to just be the campsite host checking us in because we had arrived too late to check in with the rangers.

After all the excited, we settled in and slept great.

The next day went on a hike over to the New River Gorge Bridge (which took a 45 minute trip to get across the river and made it a 45 second trip!)

New River Gorge Bridge
The New River Gorge Bridge is phenomenal.
New River Gorge
You can see the old bridge they had to use to cross the gorge.
Family at West Virginia
My “at least someone is looking at the camera” look

And then we were off to Ohio with me behind the wheel!

Driving an RV
My first time driving the RV. Winding, mountainous, speedy West Virginia was probably not the best place to begin.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

12 thoughts to “RV Trip Part 1: West Virginia”

    1. It was one of mine too! So if I can do it, you can do it! Oh and the top photo: It’s a magnetic state collectors map that we bought at Mount Rushmore so E could collect the magnets for every state we visited!

      1. Aww, thanks! One day! 🙂

        My grandma collects those magnets but I have never seen the map to put them on. Makes one wonder why they didn’t design the shapes to fit together a little better… the Northeast is enormous!

  1. How awesome!!! I have always loved the outdoors too. I have always also wanted to travel cross country in an RV. I am so jealous but also can not wait to hear all about it. Family road trips have always been my favorite. They are still the richest and warmest memories I have of my childhood. Oh and the picture of only you looking up…oh I know that oh so well! We have so many of those with me and my sister my dad took of us on vacations!!

  2. Those photos brought back so many memories. My parents used to live in Wheeling. Once we were visiting in the summer and the windows were open. Our kids were acting like kids and Mother said, “What will the neighbors think!” I said “They’ll think ‘I’m glad our kids are grown’.”

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