West Virginia Day

It’s West Virginia Day! This special day is when West Virginia officially broke from Virginia and was admitted to the Union.

It’s funny, but it’s still weird for me not to be at 4-H camp when June 20th rolls around. I was fortunate enough to be home at Jackson’s Mill (the boyhood home of Stonewall Jackson) for the sesquicentennial. We had so many awesome events that year including a walk through history with famous West Virginians which ended at the pond where a huge lighted outline of our beloved state was reflected in the water at the close of our candle lighting ceremony.

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I’ll never forget that amazing state birthday.

I made so many friends from all over the state through 4-H, and I loved hearing about their counties. It’s part of what sparked our WV road trips.

We sing a song near the end of 4-H camp called “Come Home to West Virginia.” It never fails to make me tear up, now more than ever, as I find myself just shy of the right side of the West Virginia line.

“Come home to West Virginia; come hear the mountain song. You’ve been away too long.”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBf3MfZWGd8

On her birthday, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite places I’ve explored and the wonderful friends I’ve made. Several of whom are hiding their tears behind those sunglasses as they sing in that video.

Thank you all for sharing these awesome adventures with me. I can’t see to where my next adventure will take me.

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