Virginia is for Lovers

“Tourists don’t know

where they’ve been…

Travelers don’t know

where they’re going.”

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I like to try and live my life as a traveler.

Most of the time, I don’t really have a choice.

At best, I have very loose scheduling skills.

My road trip to Richmond, Virginia was no different.

I had a starting point and a destination, but the middle was up to wherever the road took me.

In 2 days, I drove through Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia.

It is a beautiful country.

It was a beautiful ride.

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The world’s largest catsup bottle–everything I’d dreamed it would be.

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I had to stop in Indiana for a photograph the beautiful, starry sky.IMG_5148 copy

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I stopped for a cheeseburger at this tiny diner in Frankfort, KY.

They presented it to me saying, “And for the photographer, the most boring order we’ve ever received.”IMG_5190copy IMG_5168 copy IMG_5170copy IMG_5173copy IMG_5180copy IMG_5182copy IMG_5185 copy IMG_5189copy IMG_5204copy

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I fell in love with West Virginia and it’s countless old iron bridges.IMG_5212copy IMG_5214copy IMG_5219copy IMG_5221copy

Naked trees
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Capitol at Charleston, West VirginiaIMG_5231 copy

These are my great self-timer photos by the awesome river front properties.
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I made a last minute decision to take the highway for part of the trip to see more sights. I came across the most amazing waterfalls, old buildings, and gorgeous river views. Also, I inadvertently ended up on top of a mountain, which FYI, was not something that shows up on google maps.

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A couple HDR photos of the New River Gorge Bridge.

It is so big that it made a 40 minute trip around the gorge become a 60 second trip across the gorge.HDRBridge

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Micah in beautiful Richmond, Virginia. We were able to explore after our retreat got finished on Sunday.IMG_5347copy

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Looking towards Benedictine Prepatory school where we had our retreat–we were right in the beautiful museum district!IMG_5314copy IMG_5322copy IMG_5324copy IMG_5328copy

I’m in love with these allergy producing trees.IMG_5330 copy

An old Confederate chapel in the background.IMG_5397 copy IMG_5398copy IMG_5428copy

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Lots of Confederate historyIMG_5431copy

“Stunned squirrel”
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The reason this post has taken me so long to put up is because I had no idea how to explain it.

The things I saw and the experience that I had were too big for words.

To say it was beautiful would be the best that I could do–and that really isn’t doing anything justice.

I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes for a safe drive and an inspirational Engaged Encounter weekend.

Micah and I had an enlightening experience as we prepared for our life as a married couple.

I couldn’t have dreamed of a better outcome.

xoxo,

Monica

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