Last week I was lucky enough to participate in my 7th Appalachia trip with my church. Several groups consisting of youth and adults travel for one week during the summer to Preston County, West Virginia to help renovate dilapidated homes for those living with the unfortunate situation of rural poverty.
This trip originated in 1986 as a flood relief effort, when Preston County was wiped out due to massive flooding. The trip has continued to grow every year since.
Although the water damage effects of the flood have since vanished, Preston County is still a very poor area and most living there cannot afford to mend their homes on their own. My week in Appalachia is what I look forward to most during the year. Going on Appalachia trips in high school and going to college in WV I have grown to love this state. I love it's beauty and I love the people who live there.
We stay in a little town, Rowlesburg. This little town is in a valley surrounded on every side by a mountain. I really think it is the only town like this. To get to Rowlesburg you have to drive along a 20 or so mile road along the Cheat River. This is my favorite road in the entire world. It is curvy, it is beautiful. Rowlesburg in the morning is, like John Denver put it, almost heaven....the clouds sitting on top of the mountain tops is unbelievable.
Every year I have gone on this trip I have learned something new about myself, and others. There are a million reasons why I continue to go back to Rowlesburg every year and learning how to hammer and build roofs is only one of them. It is about the people you meet, the things that happen there that can ONLY happen in WV (like when you're driving on a dirt road on a cliff and have to stop for a cow. How does a cow get on a road surrounded by cliffs??? Or when you meet someone who has a deer as a pet.)
I think everyone should try and volunteer in some way in a community that they love. It really does make you feel good and helping others is always a good feeling!
A few months back I obsessed over my new bike beach cruiser bike. Well, I am STILL obsessing. I named her Sally and she has been getting around this summer! She looks great and I make 6 year old girls jealous every time I use her!
My boyfriend also has an awesome beach cruiser!
We have had so much fun riding these guys all along the Jersey coast this summer!
Let me begin by telling you last Christmas my mom got me the coolest calender EVER! It's the kind with a different picture for each day and this particular calendar had pictures of my and Jay-Z's favorite city and the one in which I just happen to reside in....New York....concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Sorry, I digress. I knew where the fate of these pictures lay the second I saw them. Collage! Collage! Collage! I told myself I was going to wait till the end of the year to actually make these collages but I could not wait. A few nights of painting and modge podging later....
I really like how they turned out. Just gotta get 'em framed! I even hung one up already!
I just happen to have a friend who just moved and can't wait to surprise her with one of these!
Let's take a moment right now to honor several important things in life: mustaches and John Oates. Not all mustaches are created equal and it certainly takes a certain kind of gentleman with charisma and style to pull one off. My favorite mustachioed gent' would be John Oates, the superior half of the great rock duo Hall and Oates. John's upper lip is decorated perfectly. The fame of his mustache almost precedes his fame as a musical genius. Yes there are other notable musicians who wear their mustaches quite well; Freddie Mercury, the Beatles circa Sargent Pepper, but John is by far the best. John has recently shaved his mustache, but it will always be there to me, even when it's not if that makes any sense.
On to my next point. Hall and Oates are the greatest rock duo in the world. Tonight Hall and Oates play in Atlantic City at the Borgata and I can not afford to go. If you love Hall and Oates, live near by, and can shell out $300 pesos (probably more because it's actually $300 American dollars but it's Cincode Mayo!) then I suggest you go. These guys are dynamite!
I took advantage of the beautiful weekend and headed South to the Jersey Shore with some of my best buddies and my favorite guy! We went to Six Flags Great Adventure and got to hang out with some dolphins! It was so hot I wanted to jump in the pool with them!
With school out for the Summer I finally had the chance to make some headway on my scrapbook for mine and Chris' cruise to Cozumel and Key West. We had so much fun on our cruise and I really think these pages show how much fun in the sun we really had!