This weekend: Water, water (and some wind) everywhere

Too wet to be a dirtbag this weekend? Then live the life virtually.
Too wet to be a dirtbag this weekend? Then live the life virtually.

We may skirt a full-fledged hurricane this weekend, but it will be wet and blustery. What does that mean for your weekend adventuring?
It means you should try it vicariously, at least if you live at the coast or in the central Piedmont. With wind and rain now forecast, at least periodically, through mid-day Sunday, what could be better than encamping on the couch with a good adventure, either in video or book form?

On the ubiquitous Netflix, you will find:

  • Jaws (1975) Plan this one early in the day — and after you take a bath.
  • Into the Wild (2007) If you’ve missed out on the Chris McCandless cult, here’s your chance to catch up.
  • The Road (2009) Not the type of adventure most of us envision.
  • Deliverance (1972) See above.
  • Pee Wee experiences the freedom of a two-wheeler.
    Pee Wee experiences the freedom of a two-wheeler.

    The Way (2010) If you’re contemplating the El Camino de Santiago.

  • Touching the Void (2013) Based on Joe Simpson’s classic tale of survival.
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) Hey, we’ve got a thing for 1950s cruisers.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) You kids need to meet Pat Boone.
  • Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) An internet reviewer thought it focused too much on winter. Hmm.
  • Valley Uprising (2014) The well-told story of Yosemite’s first dirtbag community; move it to the top of your list

More of a reader, are you?

Since we first stumbled across it, we’ve been slowly pecking away at Outside magazine’s canon of epic adventure tales. It’s divided into 18 categories; following, is our favorite selection from a few:

cover225x225The World’s Great Places  | Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, by Tim Cahill. An Outside editor and long-time columnist, this is a collection of some of the Livingston, Montana, writer’s more … eclectic observations. From the jungles of Peru, where he searches for the ruins of a lost civilization; to the cloud forests of Rwanda, where he follows gorillas; to the icy waters of Alaska, where he kayaks among orcas, Cahill is remarkable for his powers of observation, even more so for his ability to explain, often with great humor, those observations. Vintage Books.

Journeys to HellA Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, by Eric Newby. Says Outside: “Near the end of this epic mountaineering misadventure in Afghanistan, Newby passes a group of lepers. “That’s about all we’ve got left to catch,” comments his ever-wry sidekick, Hugh. Written in 1958, Newby’s story of dysentery, ill-fitting boots, and failed climbing is a comic masterpiece.”

a-short-walk-in-the-hindu-kush-eric-newby-001Discoveries of America | Great Plains, by Ian Frazier. Frazier, a writer for The New Yorker, is “a rare satirist who understands the difference between real humor and hip smugness,” Outside accurately notes. “He drives 25,000 miles up and down and across the often overlooked region between Montana and Texas. His account, which take us from the spot where Sitting Bull’s cabin stood to a house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde to an abandoned Cold War command center, is equal parts absurdity and profundity.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Natural History | Coming into the Country, by John McPhee. Ever wonder who moves to the back country of Alaska? McPhee answers that question brilliantly in this 1977 look at Alaska environmentalism in the mid 1970s. A sample: ”I’d kill the last pregnant wolf on earth right in front of the president at high noon,” declares one of the many unforgettable characters in this even-handed look at environmental issues. Noonday Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Manifestos | Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America’s First National Park, by Alston Chase. Says Outside: “Chase, a leading ‘optimist,’ infuriated everyone from environmentalists to Reaganites with this hand grenade of a book. An attack not only on National Park Service policies but on the popular ecological beliefs that inspired them, Playing God in Yellowstone may make you mad, but it will also make you think.” Harcourt Brace,

61giwibq6kl-_sl500_sy344_bo1204203200_Nature and Culture | Wilderness and the American Mind, by Roderick Nash. Even if the concept of wilderness doesn’t engage you outright, this look at the country’s ever-evolving feelings toward untamed nature is a comprehensive and fascinating insight into man and his relationship with the natural world. Yale University Press, $18.

And if there’s a break in the cloud, you can use the following resources to help find an adventure near you.

Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of coastal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Calendar includes three weekly events for each of its seven markets: Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. Search by market.

Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

U.S. National Wildlife Refuges
Rundown, by month, of regular activities at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges in North Carolina.
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