2015

Beach by the Redwoods

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Redwoods Beach

I’ve never seen the sea so intimidating as at Redwoods beach. Not violent, but angry and threatening any who dared to enter its domain. Waves churning near offshore. Even the beach sand seemed a caution to those who would dare enter the water. This is not the soft sand of Southern California, but a harsh, dark rock that resisted breaking down to smaller pieces. The lone surfer here walked up and down the coastline, as […]

2014

French Broad River

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French Broad River

The French Broad River finds it’s headwaters near the village of Rosman, North Carolina in Transylvania County. It meanders 213 through the Appalachians, past Asheville and Hot Springs until it ultimately merges with the Holston River near Knoxville to form the Tennessee River. One of two broad rivers in North Carolina, it served as an important passage for settlers in country to bring their livestock to coastal towns and ports. Hot Springs itself began as […]

2014

Biltmore Bass Pond

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The great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens of the Biltmore Estate between 1889 and 1895, prior to earning acclaim for his work on New York City’s Central Park. The Bass Pond was the continuation of the English garden which began closer to the mansion and near the formal French gardens. The Bass pond did not occur naturally. In fact, it took careful engineering by Olmstead to ensure the pond remained clear of silt […]

2014

Smoky Mountain Rapids

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad line runs next to the Tuckasegee River in North Carolina, in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains. Around 15 miles up the line the train stops to allow riders an opportunity to explore. The area features a class 5 rapids with a kayak course and launching pads for kayaks and whitewater rafting.

2014

Blue Rock Island in Door County

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Rock Island after Dusk

Dusk at Rock Island is spectacular. An hour before sunset, the water is magnificently filled with hues of gold, pink and blue. Just as the sun recedes over the western water, the color seems to drain from the water leaving it a glacial blue and turning the sky vibrant. It’s unlike any location I’ve ever visited. Rock Island itself is a magical. Dense forest, sheer rock faces falling into a deep blue lake, millions of rocks […]

2014

Chicago Lakefront from Milton Olive Medal of Honor Park

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Chicago by Lake

One of my favorite walks with Gus is down to the Chicago lakefront, ducking under Lake Shore Drive at Ohio Street, and going to Milton Olive Medal of Honor Park. PFC Olive sacrificed his life in 1965 at the age of 18 by smothering a grenade, saving the lives of other soldiers. The park on Lake Michigan was dedicated in Milton Olive’s honor in 1979. Just to the North of the touristy Navy Pier, this park […]

2013

Sunrise on Maine’s Bold Coast

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Traveled to Maine’s Bold Coast, bordered by the Atlantic on the East and Canada to the North. This area of Maine is remote and features the most rugged landscape of any stretch along the Atlantic Ocean in the United States. It is also approximately 800 miles east of Miami, making this the first place to see sunrise each morning. We backpacked in to Cutler Coast Reserve to Fairy Head, a point on the Southeast corner […]