With Autumn officially starting this month, there isn’t a lot of color left in the year with regards to flowers. The trees will make their big show in the coming weeks with the fall foliage but flowers, for the most part, are finishing things up. The bees are frantically making their final rounds collecting as much pollen as they can before the pollen tap runs dry and another cold winter sets in. There are, however, a few spots in the Carolina’s where flowers are making an encore appearance before the last curtain call of the calendar year.
Today, Friday, August 3rd 2018, marks 50 days until the start of the Autumn season for 2018 which officially starts on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. There is always something exciting about a countdown and when you get to the 50 day countdown from any season as it is usually right about the time you are getting tired of the existing season. This is particularly true during the cold Winter months or the hot Summer months and this year is no different. While the heat this Summer hasn’t been too bad, it has been a rather wet Summer with a lot more rain than we typically receive. Most areas of Western North Carolina are reporting that they have already exceeded their typical yearly rainfall amounts and there are still five months to go until the end of the year! We are also not oblivious to some of the warmer periods that we did experience this Summer although we do recall enjoying a hike one day in July where it was only 63 degrees outside. So other than all of the rain, it hasn’t been too bad of a Summer this year. That being said, we are ready for it to be over and want this:
It is probably very obvious that we really like waterfalls as the majority of our episodes are on great waterfall destinations (over 100!). There are so many great waterfalls in the Carolinas and we just love discovering new ones and sharing them with everyone. While many of them require a hike or walk to reach the waterfall, there are a lot of them that you can see just driving by as they are completely roadside accessible. While we have already featured many of these roadside waterfalls on episodes and in previous blog posts (see Seven Waterfalls You Can View Without Hiking) we just keep finding new ones that need to be mentioned. These particular waterfalls are probably not episode worthy since they are so easy to reach and are somewhat small in size but if you are in the area, these are definitely worth checking out.
Outdoor activities are year-round in the Carolinas but there is no doubt that this region kicks it into high gear as the weather warms and Spring spreads its green blanket of color across the land. That being the case, we thought we would share some of favorite family friendly destinations that would be great outings for families with small children. There are a lot of good spots to choose from but we managed to prune the list down to the top 15 based on the following criteria: (more…)
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