Virginia is my birth state and the place where I lived the first eighteen years of my life. I can’t say I took it all for granted; I was hiking the Appalachian Trail just fifteen minutes from my house by the time I was 15.

I return to Virginia frequently to explore Southwest Virginia for the Blue Ridge Parkway, gorgeous state parks, and cute small towns; Shenandoah Valley for the rich history and endless landscapes; Northern Virginia for the hustle and bustle of city life, art, and culture; and the coastal area around the Eastern Shore and Virginia Beach.