I recently headed back to Wild & Wonderful (Did you know, I moved to NoVa for a hot second?), and thought I’d spend my first Saturday celebrating an old standard: our bigass bridge and the people who like jumping off it.
Bridge Day is an annual event during which adrenaline junkies from all over the world can release some of those endorphins by BASE jumping or repelling from the New River Gorge Bridge. It was once the highest arch bridge in the world (Thanks, China and AZ/NV). It’s more than 850 ft tall and makes me feel like puking when I look over the edge.
The festival, held in Fayette County, allows thousands to walk across and hang out on the bridge for something like 8 hours every October.
Despite having spent much of my childhood in Raleigh and Kanawha counties, I have never been to Bridge Day or, really, many of the other annual fun days West Virginia has to offer.
I was amazed by a number of things on our trip:
The drive was beautiful. With a stop and Kanawha Falls and frequent photo stops, I thought we might never make it to the event.
Access is outstanding. Spectators aren’t limited to one holding area. People are free to move up and down the bridge as they please, though you can’t hang where the jumpers chill post-fall. If you want to talk to a crazy (I use this term with the utmost respect and envy), they’re all around. Just look for someone wearing a helmet and a backpack.
Kettlecorn. Seriously. How have I only now awakened to the glory that is this sweet and salty snack? Is this real life?
Fellow photog and dear friend, Pang, and I photographed a wedding in Emmitsburg, Md., last month. Judy and Kevin are a fantastic couple, and their wedding day went off without a hitch. Well, other than the marriage one. (View some images here) Working with Pang was awesome–we decided we’re a great team–and taking a short roadtrip with her was even better.
Here are some (film!) images from our Sunday drive through Maryland.
I had the honor of documenting a good friend’s wedding Friday night. McKenzie and I went to college together, and seeing her tie the knot with Jesse was phenomenal.
The two haven’t been engaged for very long. I think they planned their intimate ceremony in about six weeks! Kudos to those two and their families. Everything was gorgeous. Here’s two preview images I’m excited to share.
Today marks West Virginia's 150th birthday. A state that was "born out of rebellion" in the middle of The Civil War, and we're all still here doing our thing.
While the big celebrations are happening this weekend in Wheeling (the first capital city) and Charleston (the current capital city), the Eastern Panhandle had its share of activities.
I stopped by the cake fest in downtown Martinsburg as part of my morning break. Check out Batman eyeballing that sheet cake.
(read this) Why you should travel young
You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.
- Geoff Heith
This article would be just as necessary a read if it were called “Why you should travel. Period.”
I’ve been living in the same town in the same house for nearly a year now, and I’m starting to feel the need to ramble again. There are no current plans to uproot and move on, but articles like this make it easy for me to remember why I like to keep moving.
Is travel calling you, reader? What are your plans?
I tell you, I can’t wait for payday. First of all, I love paying bills.
(Lie. It’s April Fools Day, ha!)
In all seriousness, I am so excited to make my first music purchase in a long time.
This band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, is straight out of New Orleans–a place I desperately want to visit–and has a great country/cajun feel to all their songs. My new favorite*, their style gives me a nostalgic feel and a huge urge to start rambling again.
Check out their website and album, “Look Out Mama” here.
Thanks to my friend Natalie for posting this vid to Facebook a few weeks ago.
*No, still not out of my Ke$ha phase.