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…)
Federally designated wilderness areas are defined as “an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain” and “an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions.” The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area of Western North Carolina certainly lives up to this definition. It is a rugged area of over 11,000 acres that, for the most part, remains raw wilderness unspoiled by any development of the land. The only real developed use of actual wilderness area land are the numerous trails that weave through the gorge and possibly an overlook or two. All of the roads, parking areas, and primitive restroom facilities that are typically associated with the area are technically just outside the boundary. It truly lives up to its designation and this is a wonderful thing!
Unfortunately, 2017 is looking like it might become a record year for the number of deaths and accidents that have occurred at the various waterfalls in North and South Carolina. While it is difficult to get an exact number, quick research shows that there have been at least six deaths this year along with several other accidents. This is six deaths too many and we don’t want to hear about any further accidents. In lieu of the statistics, we thought it would be a good idea to post some safety tips in an effort to help keep people safe: