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Today, I begin another journey. This time, it will not be far from home. With the increase of travel costs, my trip can only be as far as my wallet will allow. With the price of gasoline reaching beyond an arm and a leg to both ears, an eye and several teeth--not to mention a sickened stomach after paying, my journey will reach only to the bordering counties of Calhoun.

That’s right. Over the next several weeks, I will be taking an adventure into what tour books call “America’s Outdoor Playground,” and what we affectionately call “Wild and Wonderful.” Remember, I am a new resident of the “Almost Heaven” state, and I truly can’t wait to become a pioneer into its wilderness.

As Anne of Green Gables would say, “I prefer the sound of the wind in the firs across the brook more than the tinkling of crystal.” Thus, my journey will not take me to places of elegance or society. I will not be heading toward shopping malls, fancy boutiques, or skyscrapers. My travels will be into the world of West Virginia’s wilderness. I hope to discover outdoor treasures, wonders of the wild kingdom, and mysteries of Mother Nature.

Friends, get ready to take yet another wonderful journey into your very own backyard. On one tank of gas, $20 and a West Virginia Almanac, I will find places of interest, parks, camping, fishing, golfing and adventure. Summer is here and, as any teacher knows, it is time to begin singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year . . .”. Pack a picnic lunch, grab the sunscreen, and get ready for a trip around Calhoun County.

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