With 2017 “in the books” and 2018 well underway, we thought it would be fun to look back at the videos we published in 2017 and pick our top five based on the overall experience we had at each location. This list is not to discount or minimize any of the other locations, but merely to highlight some of our favorites. Choosing what would make the cut was almost as impossible as picking your favorite child; however, when you visit a location there are many factors that can either enhance or degrade the experience, which made our task slightly easier. It could be the weather, how crowded it is, or even just how we feel on a particular day that turns an adventure into a memory. Regardless of the reason, there are things that just made the experience better on that day, everything lined up and we enjoyed the perfect hike. That being said, here is our top five in no particular order.
As winter sets in on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it may seem like there is nothing to see except road closures and dormant vegetation, but don’t let that steer you away. As always, visitors should check the National Park Service’s website for the most updated information regarding road conditions. If the road is closed due to construction it will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians; however, if the road is closed due to weather it is usually still open to foot traffic. What better way to see America’s Favorite Drive than by hiking on the parkway to easily reached destinations. Many people enjoy this time of year on the parkway as it lends to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in colder weather. Check out a few of our favorite easily reached destinations below.
We recently released our 125th episode and couldn’t be happier. It has been a great experience wandering around North and South Carolina visiting wonderful destinations and then turning those experiences into short high definition videos that share these spots with the world. As any filmmaker will tell you, you always overshoot a location so that you have plenty to work with in post production. While revisiting the majority of the locations wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, when you are trying to produce videos you really want to get everything done in one visit and not have to return for additional footage. That being said, we really shoot a lot of video when we visit an area. We film everything and, when possible, use drone technology to get the unique perspective that only aerial video can provide. (more…)
Since Monday, October 23rd, Chimney Rock State Park has been closed due to the collapse of a major retaining wall at the park. The region experienced significant rainfall during this period and it proved to be too much for the steep mountainside at the upper parking lot area. Since then state officials have been accessing the damage and developing plans to repair the wall but no timeline has been published yet. Park officials have determined that the park can be partially reopened as several of the lower sections were unaffected by the storm and can be safely visited. So on Friday, November 10th, Chimney Rock State Park will reopen the lower sections that include the Four Seasons Trail, portions of the Hickory Nut Trail, the Great Woodland Adventure Trail, and the Animal Discovery Den. The upper sections which include the Chimney, the gift shop, the Outcroppings Trail, the Sky Lounge, Exclamation Point, and the Skyline Trail, will remain closed. During the partial reopening admission rates will be reduced to $6 per adult and $3 per youth (aged 5-15). The park will also have several guided hikes and programs running during this time.
Fall! Leaves, apples, cider, cool temperatures, hayrides, corn mazes, glorious fall! Perhaps one of my favorite fall traditions is picking a pumpkin; the color, the shape, the texture and the creativity that is sparked by merely looking at all the varieties to choose from is one of the most exciting things about visiting a pumpkin patch, or at least it used to be; that was until I learned that one of my favorite traditions could also DO GOOD! These days the most exciting part about picking a pumpkin is knowing that I’m helping to send a child to summer camp. All the pumpkins at the patch at South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic North Carolina have been donated which means visitors are free to choose their pumpkins and their price. 100% of the amount donated to pick out a pumpkin goes straight to camp scholarships. (more…)