CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As the weather becomes warmer, thoughts turn to sunny days and long weekend jaunts.
When considering a little trip, why not look in our own backyard?
Last summer, my friend Debbie, and her 9-year-old grandson, Tre, traveled from Texas to West Virginia for a visit. We used some of our time together to introduce Tre to some West Virginia sites.
First stop was a Theatre West Virginia outdoor production of "Hatfields and McCoys" at Grandview State Park. Since 1990 this park has been incorporated into the New River Gorge National River, a unit of the U.S. Park Service. The show was fabulous with the mountainous setting adding to the ambience.
We continued to cram in other places throughout a long weekend.
We took the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine tour, where I pondered the dangers and bravery involved in mining.
We saw Beartown State Park, a natural area of 107 acres located southwest of Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, whose main feature is cool rock formations.
We drove by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, an historic home in Hillsboro. Buck (1892-1973) was author of many books, including "The Good Earth," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932.
We stopped at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg. It is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle.