Archive for the ‘Paddling’ category

Give a listen: Brains and a rowboat

How many times today did you walk into a room and forget why you were there, pick up the phone only to forget who you wanted to call, take a half hour to find where you put your car keys? If you’re of a certain age — that being the middle one — more than once, no doubt. And no doubt when one of the above happened you took it…

It’s Easter weekend — must we egg you on?

Things I might be doing this Easter weekend if my nose wasn’t running like a Delta Tau Chi keg from spring allergies. 1. Paddle at Merchant’s Millpond Merchant’s Millpond may be man made, but after 190 years the millpond has shed most signs of its civilized past. Today, the 760-acre millpond is much more coastal swamp than center of commerce. The pond’s dark, acidic waters meander through a forest of…

There’s a little of everything at Cedarock Park

Last weekend, I discovered a new park. This weekend, I rediscovered a park that, somehow, had flown off the radar. Every couple of weeks, usually on a Saturday, Marcy and I pick a direction and drive. Whatever we discover along the way is what we do for the day. Yesterday, our compass pointed west. “There’s a park out here I scouted for the book,” I said as we headed out…

Banff comes to North Carolina

I’ve long wanted to go to the Banff Mountain Film Festival but I’ve never gotten my act together to make it happen. Now, the next best thing is happening: The Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to me. More significantly to you, it’s coming to us. This month, the film fest featuring the best in outdoor adventure will show, in scaled-down form, in Boone, Brevard, High Point and Charlotte. If…

Seeking your passion? Grab some popcorn

You never know where you’ll find inspiration. You could, for instance, think you’re passing some idle time at work by surfing the web and — viola! — you stumble across a video that makes you think, “Wow! I’d like to do that!” Or, in the case of some of the following videos, “Wow! I’d like to do something like that but without risk of loss of limb or life!” Here…

Carolina dreamin’ on a winter’s day …

Things I dream of doing if the temperature ever gets above 60 again … Run in shorts. I having nothing against running tights and I’m not an exhibitionist. But you can’t truly appreciate the freedom running offers unless you’re in shorts and a sweaty t-shirt. (And, to a growing number of runners, no shoes.) Paddle Brice Creek. I’ve yet to paddle Brice Creek. Yet every year around this time, about…

Four carrots to get you to spring

I love carrots, crave them. Couldn’t press on without ‘em. If I can’t envision a carrot in the distance, I’m hard pressed to roll out of bed and go for an early morning run or ride, let alone in 20-degree weather. So today, a few carrots to motivate you through the cold challenge of winter. Tame the Tyger River Race and Festival 7.75-mile race/recreational float on Class II water April…

Seeking direction in 2010

I was hiking Thursday afternoon on the Rim Trail at Fires Creek when I was struck by a twinge of melancholy. Odd, because I was in my element: hiking in the Southern Appalachians on a crisp winterlike day, the sun just active enough to cast faint shadows across the forest floor. Perfect hiking conditions, in my book. So what was wrong? What was wrong, I soon realized, was that this…

Paradise: If you have to ask …

I needed a water bottle. I wound up contemplating the price of paradise. Packing for a week of backpacking last night, I could only put my hands on one Nalgene bottle. My MSR water filter screws into Nalgene water bottles, making an otherwise annoying task – pumping water from a stream – slightly less annoying. Since I was leaving town early this morning, I’d have to pick one up on…