Over Spring Break we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains. In order to break up our 12 hour drive, we stayed a night in Fayetteville West Virginia and spent the next day exploring the area. Fayetteville is a quirky little town that is home to the New River Gorge Bridge which is the longest arch bridge in the US and, at 876 feet above the New River, the 3rd tallest.
I’ll admit it, I’m slightly obsessed with caves. It’s the adventure of it. Traveling deep into the earth, not knowing what you will find. Often these caves are hidden in plain sight. Exploring them is like being let in on a secret not known by many. So, when a friend of ours offered to take us to one of these hidden caves we jumped at the chance.
My family met up with our friend and his son, jumped in a car together, and drove the short distance to a pull off along the road. It’s a busy road, connecting two major roads in our county. I drive on the road quite often, zipping past homes, lakes, restaurants, and a school never realizing there is a large cave just out of sight. The trees are dense here, but this time of year, with the leaves all long gone you can peer back into the woods and spot tall cliffs. In front of the cliffs the ground heaves up creating small berms and rocky rolling hills. These berms hide the secret of what lays beyond the road and forest. Continue reading “hidden places”