Here I am on April 22, the next day, and now 39. I don't look any different and I sure don't feel any different. I wonder, how will I look and feel next year at the big 40?
Don't get me wrong, I don't think of 39 as old by any means, especially when my Great Aunt Curt is 99 years old! Wow, that's 60 years older than 39! Every trip to Virginia includes a visit to see this spunky lady. She still lives in her own home by herself, she is quite independent and a little bit stubborn (sorry Granny if the "little bit stubborn" is written too lightly). Actually, she was planting flowers yesterday and pruning shrubs in her yard. I am always in awe of her (and my 80 something year old grandparents as well). Age really fascinates me; Curt and my grandparents are true examples of the saying, "You are only as old as you feel."
That's enough age pondering for me. I had a wonderful birthday! We spent 10 hours on the road from NW Virginia through beautiful West Virginia then on-ward to Ohio. The weather was weird...we experienced snow, rain and sun. While on the road, we stopped to antique and admire the beauty of West Virginia. How can you not have a wonderful birthday with such lovely travel companions, Robin (little sis), Fauna and Araina?
We stopped at The New River Gorge Visitor Center where the dogwood trees were in full bloom.
And these gorgeous ferns were everywhere!
Inside the visitor center they have a watershed exhibit. One wall is covered from ceiling to floor with gallon water jugs. We learned that an individual person uses, on average, 100-120 gallons of water on a daily basis. Wow, that is A LOT of water and was the perfect thing to learn on Earth Day!
My lovely family did not forget the cupcakes on this road trip. Robin had them stashed under the passenger car seat. I had no idea and was quite surprised!
I hope everyone had as wonderful of an Earth Day as I had!