Nature
Art By Nature: West Virginia
April 21, 2016
1
,
Art by Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo

“Almost heaven, West Virginia” John Denver begins, setting our expectations high for a weekend in the Appalachian Mountains. Admittedly until now all I knew about West Virginia was that song I’d learn’t in 3rd grade, and the ginseng hunters of Appalachian Outlaws. The former talking it up as a paradise and the later not doing much for its reputation at all. Being just across the border from my new home state it was worth a long weekend to check it out.

Hiking the Dolly Sods Wildness in Monongahela National Forest during early Autumn gives little clue to the heavenly spectacle of red-green colours this region is known for. However its bareness reveals many interesting textures from windswept boulders to carpet-like mosses. Sometimes you have to work that bit harder to find the “pretty” – put aside preconceptions and look at something for what it is, and not what you had dreamed up in your head beforehand.

The Dolly Sods derives its name from the Dahles, a German homesteading family, and “sods”the local term for a mountaintop field. The bog and heath ecosystems of the uplands are more characteristic of Canadian landscapes than those of the U.S. While barren, twiggy grey hardwoods and laurel thickets fill the valleys, evergreens colour the ridges and peaks. The trails are rough, and often lost under the gold and plum hued leaf litter or washed out by Red Creek. Snow remains in patches at the highest altitudes and ankle rolling paths of rock wind onward. Fortunately our problems remained wind, rain and cardiovascular fitness related, rather than the possible outcome of running into live artillery and mortar shells remaining from WWII training in the area. We even made it to the local’s secret, Lion’s Head Rock, a rocky outcrop with stunning views of the mountainous surrounds.

Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Lion's Head, Dolly Sods | Art by Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Lion's Head, Dolly Sods

For more Art by Nature, mostly from places hot, humid and lush – check out the series page here.

Peace, love and country roads,

Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

Inside a postcard-perfect Maldives experience #asiatravel #maldivestravel

Inside a Postcard Perfect Maldives Experience

“Almost heaven, West Virginia” John De...

Read more
Snorkelling in Aitutaki lagoon

8 Things to do in the Cook Islands – Art by Nature

“Almost heaven, West Virginia” John De...

Read more
MosaïCanada150 - A display of garden sculptures celebrating Canada

Experience These Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada

“Almost heaven, West Virginia” John De...

Read more

There is 1 comment

  • […] Our first April getaway was cold and grey. We drove across the border to tick another State off our map and hiked through the West Virginian Appalachians. […]

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Pin
    Share
    Tweet