I’m not talking about the drive away from Alleghany.
I’m talking about the drive to Alleghany after a long winter away.
It feels like going home.
I hear her voice
In the mornin’ hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
I can remember the anticipation as a camper when the Alexandria bus finally crossed over the
Is that why I still love that part of the drive?
And drivin’ down the road I get a feelin’
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday
Turn right and onto Stonehouse Road. (I’m minutes away!!)
Drive straight along the river then up that little hill (Reba’s Bronco was always the best at that
hill – catch a little air and your stomach elevates.)
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads
Curve right and you can see the sign.
I’m almost home.
Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
Turn right onto the narrow road and hope no one is coming the other way.
Immediate left curve.
Down the steep slope and then you see the green house.
Into the parking lot.
That feels pretty good.
Life is old there
Older than the trees
Unload with the help of the Green Team. (Do I recognize any of them?)
Park the car and head down to the river.
Younger than the mountains
Growin’ like a breeze
Onto the barge. (In the old days we would plant ourselves and wait for the truck – only place in
the world I have placed my children in front of a moving vehicle on purpose!)
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Then the sound of the chains being pulled off the concrete and onto the metal barge.
The screech of the barge leaving the landing…and we are off.
All my memories gathered ‘round her
Then it happens.
I am completely still.
All I can do is look around…soak it in…and appreciate how good it feels.
The stress goes away.
My shoulders slump.
A smile goes wide.
Eyes tear up.
My spirit is once again at peace.
Misty taste of moonshine
Teardrops in my eye
Is that one moment why I still go back every summer?
I don’t know how to give up that feeling.
Take me home, now country roads…
–Sandy Tippett Patterson, Parent, Staffer, Alum, Camp Alleghany