Wednesday, February 18, 2009

When Memories Aren't Enough


I'm working on a story right now set in West Virginia, a place I have visited many times throughout my life. My mother was born in WV and most of her family still resides there.

It's been a couple years, but there are so many things that make this setting colorful and unique, including how many of the towns are situated in valleys, long and narrow and prone to flooding. The highways in the areas we went can be extremely steep and hairpin once you get off the interstates. Of course, not all of West Virginia is like that, but it is the most mountainous state in the union.

The above photo, located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richwood,_West_Virginia, is from a town called Richwood, the current location of the campground where my mom's family hosts an annual reunion/camping trip. I don't recognize the angle, but the photo definitely evokes sensory memories. The Wiki page has a few more images, as does the official town website at: http://www.richwoodwv.com/gallery.asp.

That's one of the great things about the internet. Somewhere, somebody has probably posted a photo of it, if not more than one. I found all these and more when I let my fingers do the typing.

Jody W.
http://www.jodywallace.com/

1 comment:

  1. That's really cool and yet another reason to put off the scrapbooking I should get done. Now that I can find pictures on the web. Thanks for sharing.

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