Traveling WV: Best of 2017

Cross country skiing, and Canaan Valley icon Chip Chase glides on the fresh powder at White Grass cross country ski resort in Tucker County. (WCHS/WVAH)

The year started with detailed glass engraving in Logan County, and ended playing glow in the dark disc golf in Marion County! Talk about variety! That's just one of the aspects of West Virginia that I love, the variety and large spectrum of interests of its people. 2017 was a year filled with great story subjects and several thousand miles logged across The Mountain State. This year also brought a lot of change, professionally and personally with our talented daughter moving across the country to Colorado to chase her career as a photographer. I couldn't be more proud of her, but boy do I miss her! Technology allows us to keep in touch on some level, but there's no replacement for being with her. Free with your kids ALL you can, while you can. We did, and it gets us through. Friends drift in and out of our lives, but family just does. OK, enough philosophy.

Thank you to everyone who allowed me into your homes, workshops, places of business, farms, and lives for a few hours to share your stories with our viewers, Traveling West Virginia simply couldn't exist without you, and I'm extremely grateful. I hope you've enjoyed what I was able to bring to your televisions, computers, and cell phones in 2017, and I'm looking forward to what 2018 has in store. Enjoy this look back to the year that was, email me your story ideas ( and feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Happy New Year everyone!

I'll see you down the road,

Brad Rice, Photojournalist.

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