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The Flowers Have Their Final Encore!

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.
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50 Days to the Start of Autumn 2018!

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:
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Our Favorite Locations from 2017

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.
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From the Cutting Room Floor…

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…)

The 2017 Harvest is Upon Us…

North Carolina Apples are in Harvest!As the summer wraps up, the kids return to school, and the Labor Day weekend approaches, the harvest season of this year continues the century’s old tradition of bringing food and goods from the farm to the table. Both North and South Carolina produce a number of crops that ripen throughout the year but all of this peaks during the fall; specifically for two of the more popular crops – Apples and Grapes. Numerous festivals and events for the apple and wine industries occur over the Labor Day weekend making it the start of an exciting, beloved, and much anticipated season that people look forward to year after year. Both apples and grapes start their harvest earlier, apples typically in August and grapes as early as July, but there is no doubt that the output and interest of these industries significantly increase as Fall approaches. The cooler temperatures and beautiful Autumn scenery have a lot to do with the increased interest.
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