Monday, December 6, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 - West Virginia Edition

Ye Stewart Clan spent Thanksgiving hiding away in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.  It was almost heaven.  A huge thanks to our friend McArthur for tipping us off to this delightful spot (and it's only a 3-hour drive from DC!).

Canaan Valley

Importantly (as we found out the hard way), Canaan is pronounced "Cunane" (which, as the locals will tell you, rhymes with "insane").  And it was insanely cold.  Oh, and the wind!  The wind!

Blown Downstream

Mostly it was just nice to be together as a family in a place where Blackberries grow but don't get reception.

 Tennyson loved it!

Can you tell how much he loved it?

He really did love it.  But you know how teenage boys think it's cool to not smile in pictures?  Well, Tennyson is advanced for his age.

We kicked off the perfect Christmas season in the mountains, and we even got our first snowstorm (well, a dusting, but it was so pretty).

Country Roads, Take Me Home

 Winter Wonderland

West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

One of the highlights of the trip was dinner at The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV.  This is a super fun, family-friendly restaurant that hosts local blue grass (and other) bands every night.  We saw Furnace Mountain play, and they were spectacular.

Tennyson even sat still for over an hour.  Tait, not so much.

We had so much fun that we put West Virginia back on our to-do list.  There's so much exploring to be done there (particularly when it warms back up).

Blackwater Falls

So this Thanksgiving we are especially grateful for the beauty of the earth, for time together as a family, and for the chance to put those two things together again.


Michelle said...

I'm glad you guys had a great getaway together and found a haven in West Virginia. Your pictures continue to amaze me. Keep posting your beautiful work.

Dad said...

There are so many beautiful places to see!

Anonymous said...

Jer you are funny. Really funny. We went to Beaver, UT. It was fun too.