Speaking of long drives to West Virginia, I have photos to share of one of my favorite places to visit: my brother's farm on top of a mountain in the middle of the forest. The farm consists of several hay fields, lots of steep slopes, woods and forests and woods, cool rocks, a walnut grove, a couple ponds, some cows and a miniature horse. So, after dining on a fine Thanksgiving meal [and then enjoying days of leftovers] I spent my weekend hiking, and hiking some more.
above: a view from the highest point on the farm, one of my favorite spots, and provides good cell phone reception.
above: the peak of the very small, but cozy cottage and sampling of various farm sheds. below: another view from the highest point on the farm, showing the top of the walnut grove, another favorite.
above: a view from the lower hayfield, a magic place. below: descending forest on the back trail. simon the dog once had a skunk encounter here. he then offended a deer which chased him back to us, charging and snorting at terrifying speeds. glad we lived.
above: a view from the bowl of the lower hayfield, did I mention this place is magic? below: pinecones in the sky. simon the dog in the hayfield.