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Hanging Out The magical lure of Summersville Lake — - Story and photos by Anne Johnson From that first smooth cut of my paddle through the indigo waters of Summersville Lake, I feel euphoric. As my kayak swashes an invisible pathway across one of the lake’s welcoming inlets, the week’s stressors are submerged and diluted. It is this type of magical lure which draws one […]
Jonesborough etc 211 Waterfalls: Blue Hole Falls, Tennessee — - Blue Hole Falls is an easy hike to a series of 4 waterfalls, trails, cliff overlooks, a small grotto, boulders to climb and a deep swimming hole if you want to swim. The left trail from the parking lot will take you to a Y. Take the upper one to view the top waterfall. It’s […]
Craik-Patton 2.1 Landmarks: Craik-Patton House — -   I‘ve often said West Virginia’s rurality renders its architecture all the more stunning. In midtown Manhattan every building is a masterpiece, the architectural noise can be deafening, and buildings easily lose their character in the tumult. The Mountain State is filled with such architectural wonders — a circumstance of booms and busts. As the […]
clifftop3 On Safari: ~ Appalachian String Band Music Festival — - Story by Alaina Hower Photos by Helen Yurchenco Last Summer I had the opportunity to go to The Appalachian String Band Music Festival, more commonly called Clifftop, at Camp Washington Carver in Fayette County, West Virginia. While I don’t play a stringed instrument myself, I have many friends that do and I have become a […]
Another Ray Merrily, Merrily, Merrily… FloydFest — - Story and photos by Jonny Walker Music, heat, dirty feet, and the occasional beer are staples of a good festival. FloydFest, a summer music festival held annually in the Blue Ridge town of Floyd, VA is no different. Begun in 2002 with a mission to “…be the best music festival experience of our time… [and] […]
Princeton Speedway, WV ~ Dirt track racing in the mountains — - Story and photos by Kathy Hunter After years of attending NASCAR races, I decided to check out a dirt track race. A friend is involved in this sport, and kept telling me how much fun it was. I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. Until I went to my first race at  […]
Gray 3 Mile High Views ~ Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia — - Story and photos by Drema J. Morgan Grayson Highlands State Park is not really close to anything. If you want to see it, you have to go there on purpose. Covering 4502 acres, the elevation within the park varies from 3698 ft. to 5089 ft., the highest at Little Pinnacle. As with all high elevations, […]
Jonesborough street scene Let me woo you a little bit ~ Jonesborough, Tennessee — - Story by Lisa Stansell Photos by Chris Galitz Mountain towns are my favorite places to visit. Ones that celebrate their culture and heritage in fun ways are even better. Throw in some rockin’ good food and a waterfall nearby, and I’m in heaven. Jonesborough, Tennessee, in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, is one of […]