Founded by Swiss immigrants in the mid-1800s, Helvetia is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. To get there, our GPS took us on a route that involved driving on a gravel road for half an hour. Due to the area’s isolation, Helvetia has largely maintained its Swiss traditions. Despite a population of only 59 people, the town boasts a number of businesses including a cheese shop, a bed and breakfast, and Swiss restaurant called the Hütte.
Daniel and I awoke bright and early on Thursday morning ready for adventure. My in-laws, Mary and Greg, had a big day planned for us. West Virginia is a beautiful state and each time we visit Daniel’s family introduces me to someplace new. This time we piled in the car and headed east towards the Monongahela National Forest.