A visit to Beartown State Park

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Henry David Thoreau

It always feels amazing to be home. Back in the woods where I grew up.

For the past two years, my family has taken a weekend in May to retreat from the pre-summer buzz of life, and set up camp in a field in the West Virginia woods.

We seem to find plenty of relaxation there, but also some adventure. This year, my cousin and my parents took us newlyweds on a local tour of the county where I’ve spent most of my life, and it hit me all over again how rare and beautiful a place this is to grow up in.

One of our stops was Beartown State Park, a cool and quiet walk through the woods that led us over deep crevasses and under towering slabs of weather-worn rock. It somehow fills you with the wonderous feeling of knowing that something happened here, but the imagination can hardly grasp the geological scale. The place lives up to its imaginative name–I sure did feel like I was walking through a ghost town where there may have once been a lively community of bears. Although that’s likely fiction, it feels believable enough……

I love places like this, places where signboards can explain the science, but the mind can’t explain the feeling.

And with a rekindled awe, I’ll be searching out other gems like Beartown!

-Linzi Loo

Our Honeymoon in Maine!

May 2021

The first day of May was sunshiney and bright–we couldn’t have asked for a better day for a small, outdoor wedding. It was a sweet day filled with flowers, photos, family and friends, and late that evening Adam and I crash-landed at home, exhausted and married!

The next morning we loaded up the car and ventured up the coast to Maine, where we found the rest & recovery (and fun!) we needed.

We spent our week with no agenda, no activities booked ahead, and no schedules. Every morning we slept in as late as we wanted, found coffee at cute shops that we stumbled upon, and ate lobster breakfasts that were locally-sourced, freshly made, and unbelievably delicious.

Our afternoons and evenings were filled with drives up and down the coast, sightseeing around the cute harbor villages, hiking, fishing, more coffee, lobster dinners…… Whatever was restful and fun, we did those things.

The trip was pretty perfect. And this being my second visit to Maine, I can still say this is one of my favorite states.

We’re home now and settling back into the valley, where I’m pretty sure we’ll find plenty more adventure this summer! 😉

~ Linzi Loo