A Good Book and Beautiful Country

Have you read the book Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor? If you haven’t, pick it up. I remember when my Grandma Dee got us copies of Shiloh with a doggy paw print inside the book from Shiloh, WV. It’s a heartbreakingly wonderful story about a boy and a dog in rural West Virginia. Last weekend, Drew and I went home to Sistersville to see family and “get out of the city” for a bit. It amazes me how things just slow down for us when we are there. We ate non-stop, visited with our families, laid by the pool and rode four-wheelers. We also celebrated Drew’s parents’ anniversary. (32 years right?!?!) On Monday we went out to the country where Drew and his father built their cabin. We hopped on a couple four-wheelers and took off into the woods. It was beautiful!! The day was hot and muggy…you’ll see from a few of my photographs (except this first one!) that the sky wasn’t a brilliant blue, but a hazy gray. Still, the air on the bike wasn’t bad at all. Most of the ride was through Shiloh down to Friendly, WV. We were out for almost four hours and we had a blast. You can’t go wrong with a summer day, a cooler of beer, and scenery most people don’t get to see in their lifetime.

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The bottom middle photograph is of Drew’s parents eating a bit of dust. 🙂 We were all caked by the time the ride was over. The back roads that we were on changed constantly. Some spots were really nice, easy and in good condition like the photos above. Others were muddy, bumpy and full of rocks.

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We went by this abandoned and falling down church. It was a nice spot for a break and some photographs. It was a little eerie, especially when we found a BONE in the front yard.

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AHHH!! Blair Witch anyone? It wasn’t really scary when we were all there together in the middle of the day. But now I’m processing these at night and Drew is playing music at a friend’s house…I’ve locked the doors and made Beau lay down next to me.

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That bridge is as old as it looks!!! I asked Drew to stop in the middle so I could get a few photographs of the creek. We didn’t stay on it for long…

A big thanks to my Grandma, Drew’s parents and all the family and friends we got to see during our brief trip home. I can’t wait for the Mounties first game and Labor Day celebrations. See y’all soon!

Let’s GOOOOOOO Mountaineers!!!

August 20, 2009 - 11:51 pm

Mary Ann - Meg,
What beautiful pictures of pure West Virginia country side. Both of my tutor boys read Shiloh this past school year… They will enjoy seeing the “real thing!” These pictures make me homesick!
Glad you got the chance to celebrate with Drew’s mom and dad. I know they loved it too!

August 20, 2009 - 11:51 pm

Mary Ann - Meg,
What beautiful pictures of pure West Virginia country side. Both of my tutor boys read Shiloh this past school year… They will enjoy seeing the “real thing!” These pictures make me homesick!
Glad you got the chance to celebrate with Drew’s mom and dad. I know they loved it too!

August 21, 2009 - 10:35 am

Aunt Lori - Oh Meg, I’m with your mum…it makes me miss home. You’ve done an awesome job capturing WV and her wonderful Country Roads. We love you. Big hugs to Drew and your babies. Aunt Lori

August 21, 2009 - 10:35 am

Aunt Lori - Oh Meg, I’m with your mum…it makes me miss home. You’ve done an awesome job capturing WV and her wonderful Country Roads. We love you. Big hugs to Drew and your babies. Aunt Lori

August 21, 2009 - 4:12 pm

Melissa Pauquette - OMG I wish we could do the maternity shoot at that church. It is so spectacular!

August 21, 2009 - 4:12 pm

Melissa Pauquette - OMG I wish we could do the maternity shoot at that church. It is so spectacular!

August 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

Kerry - Megan! These are so beautiful – especially that first one. Sounds like such a great weekend away!… if I was processing the church pictures at night and Brett wasn’t home, I also would’ve made the dog come lay down next to me haha

August 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

Kerry - Megan! These are so beautiful – especially that first one. Sounds like such a great weekend away!… if I was processing the church pictures at night and Brett wasn’t home, I also would’ve made the dog come lay down next to me haha

August 24, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Jo Lynn - Meg, these pictures are wonderful. You get better with every click(I didn’t think that was possible) Dad and I enjoyed looking at them. We are the ones that want to thank you and Drew for making our weekend extra special..You will never know how much it means to have our kids come home. We can’t wait to see your mom and dad and go EEERS!!!!!!

August 24, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Jo Lynn - Meg, these pictures are wonderful. You get better with every click(I didn’t think that was possible) Dad and I enjoyed looking at them. We are the ones that want to thank you and Drew for making our weekend extra special..You will never know how much it means to have our kids come home. We can’t wait to see your mom and dad and go EEERS!!!!!!

September 1, 2009 - 8:58 pm

Olivia - Take me home Country Roads… these pictures are amazing, Meg!!!!

September 1, 2009 - 8:58 pm

Olivia - Take me home Country Roads… these pictures are amazing, Meg!!!!