If you weren’t born in West Virginia, you may not know all of the intricacies of life in the Wild and Wonderful state. With trial and error, however, you’ll quickly learn what it takes to survive and thrive in West Virginia. Here are some things you’ll want to know.
1. Your friends back home will all tell you about the relatives they have in Richmond.
You'll find yourself explaining West Virginia's history and geography. We're a separate state from Virginia!
2. It will take more time to get places than you expect.
Between steep hills, winding curves, narrow lanes, and wandering deer, you can't really speed down many of West Virginia's roads. Budget some extra time into every trip.
3. You'll want a 4-wheel drive in the winter.
Otherwise, consider yourself snowed in and stay home. It can take some time before all the little country roads are plowed.
4. Make blue and gold part of your wardrobe.
Everywhere you go, you'll see pride for the Mountaineers. It won't be long before you're ready to cheer for your new team, too!
5. Your internet options might be limited.
If you don't live in one of the relatively larger cities, you might have to choose between dial-up, satellites, or hotspots.
6. Potholes are a fact of life in the springtime.
Take it easy and be watchful when it gets warm after a big freeze.
7. You'll probably spend more than you expected on car maintenance.
Because of those potholes, or falling rocks, or deer, you'll want to get regular alignments, and you're certain to have to make some surprise repairs.
8. You'll fall in love with the farmers' market.
Here you'll find some of the freshest produce you've ever tasted. You can often hear some live music, see cooking demonstrations, and get a gourmet meal for a great price!
9. You might also fall in love with gardening.
The only thing fresher than a tomato from the farmers' market is one from your own backyard. We have great conditions for gardening, and it can save a long trip to the store.
10. You'll want to get to know your neighbors.
Being part of a community makes everything better, and you'll know who to turn to if you have a surprise encounter with one of those potholes.
11. We take hot dogs very seriously.
It's not a West Virginia dog without sauce and (probably) slaw. Don't make the mistake of ordering the wrong toppings, or you'll be marked as an outsider.
12. You'll learn to love pepperoni rolls.
You might not have heard of this snack before, but it's hard to miss seeing them everywhere in West Virginia. One day you'll try one out of curiosity, and before you know it, you're hooked.
13. Make the most of living in the Wild and Wonderful state!
There are so many natural wonders in West Virginia, you could spend the rest of your life exploring. Don't miss all your chances to enjoy the great beauty here!
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