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You can’t drive through the green, pastoral country roads of Western North Carolina without seeing barns. It’s always fun to see a barn. Barns of all types and styles.  Barns mostly in a state of disrepair. Barns that aren’t going to be in existence for the next generation to enjoy. I can’t imagine these mountain landscapes without barns. The Appalachian Barn Alliance was created to preserve the memories of these barns and… Read More

Big Draft horses make the Horse Pull look easy.

Wherever you find yourself it’s always interesting to tap into the events going on in the local community.  Some of the most rewarding experiences are because you find out what is going on when you are in an area.  Case in point – I recently attended my first Horse Pull, in the mountains of North Carolina. We watched six beautifully groomed and well-cared for two-horse teams pull a cart filled with cement… Read More

We returned to Lake Toxaway this year, at the invitation of good friends (thanks!) and once again had some wonderful new adventures. Who doesn’t love a mountain lake? And we enjoyed the hospitality of another Florida friend when he gave us a first-rate boat tour. It was interesting to learn about the history of some of the beautiful lake-front estates and even more interesting to hear current neighborhood tidbits. We even saw… Read More

For years I’d heard mention of a nearby spot where kids loved to swim and dive – this is it.  Locally known as Trash Can Falls, it’s officially Laurel Creek Falls. The falls aren’t the star of the show here, it’s the hidden setting and opportunity to jump and play.  We just enjoyed watching. Students from nearby Appalachian State University mingle with local kids to scramble around the boulders and test the… Read More

 

A short, but rigorous hike will reward you with views of the lovely Crab Orchard Falls. Even in this very dry summer, the sound of the water rushing over the rocks is powerful. The falls are extensive and have many levels, but from what I have read, have never been officially measured. Visitors park at the Valle Crucis Episcopal Church, in the upper parking lot.  It is well-marked where you should and… Read More

48 degrees. Glittering golden leaves. Carolina Blue sky and a mountain view that doesn’t stop.  We took an afternoon break from packing-up to head south, and enjoyed our last hike of the season, to The Cascades. A short 30-minute walk along a well-maintained trail leads to the beautiful falls located in E.B. Jeffress Park at mile marker 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Deep Gap.  You hear the it before you see it…. Read More

Rain or shine our friend’s Pig Pick’n annual event goes on; this was the 9th year for this local party held deep in the woods on a historic homestead on Grandmother Mountain. Amazing smoked pig, chicken, brisket and goose.  Not to be overlooked, were the incredible accompaniments  everyone brought to share, fresh backed bread, tomato pie, sides made with fresh veggies, homemade cakes and pies.  The event is for family and friends who come… Read More

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