Where We've Been: West Virginia


Over the holidays, our Narrative Photographer Isa S. spent time with loved ones on her family’s farm in Augusta, West Virginia. The farm has been in her family for the last 40 years and is transformed into a winter wonderland whenever it snows. “While I was there, it snowed about a foot and half,” says Isa. “My sister and her children were visiting from California and the kids had never seen snow before. We did a ton of sledding and went on hikes all day long – the kids didn’t want to come inside!”

For dinner, Isa and her family made a turkey on their homemade grill. “In the summer," she adds, "we always roast a pig in the oil drum grill that my dad built – it’s called lechonada, the Latin term for pig roast.” Once the turkey was ready, the family gathered around the dining table that was handmade by Isa’s brother; he used 200 year old wood from a barn that once stood on the property. Isa is one of 5 children, and the table comfortably seats all of her siblings as well as their kids. “This is where I grew up," Isa says. "I love the open space and the quietness and the stars. There’s nothing quite like being home.”

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