Travels With Bowie & D.O.G.: West Virginia

In the past six years, my dogs and I have seen a lot of this country. I take a lot of photos when I travel and my favorites are usually the shots with my border collie mixes Bowie and Dio (short for D.O.G.). Without the dogs, it’s just a pretty picture, but with them  it’s a place I’ve been, a place I know and love. From time to time I’ll post some of my favorite photos on here from my travels with Bowie and D.O.G. Today: West Virginia!

Both my parents grew up in West Virginia and I still think of the Mountain State as Home. I spent most of my childhood summers at my grandmother’s place near Beckley and have taken many hikes and backpacking trips in the Dolly Sods Wilderness, Cranberry Wilderness and the Monongahela National Forest as well as some epic rock climbing at Seneca Rocks and the New River Gorge and caving at the Sinks of Gandy and Seneca Caverns.

West Virginia often gets a bad rap. Culturally, the Mountain State is lacking, and environmentally, mountaintop removal mining is nothing less than criminal. But get away from the big cities and coal mining towns and you’ll see that the outdoor adventures are what give the state its deserving slogan: Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!

Spruce Knob Dogs- Highest Point in WV!

Snowy Rhododendron Bowie

Lewisburg Dogs

Seneca Rocks D.O.G.

Harper's Ferry Dogs

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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