Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fire Tower
















The High Peaks Trail Association hosted an open house at the old Green Knob fire tower a couple of weekends ago. It was a beautiful day, and a steady stream of people made the short hike up from the Parkway.















The tower is a cool, Erector Set kind of structure with a wooden platform and a small building on top.















The building has been completely restored.















And the views are hard to beat. Because it was thoroughly vandalized when it was open all the time, it's generally closed now (unless you have good ninja skills). When the opportunity presents itself, it's worth taking the time for the visit.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jacks of the Lantern















This is the amazing 2017 carved-pumpkin trilogy. Scott has learned ninja ways with a dremel tool and other tools to make these narrative sequences. This one grew out of his research into the origin of the name Celo, which has something to do with corn, but, unfortunately, I didn't get the whole story.














































Here's small sample of the 100 or so carved pumpkins that were set up on the bridge. Thanks as always to Phillip and Beca Mitchell for creating and perpetuating this amazing annual event.







































































Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Celo Halloween Costume Winner























This is a screenshot from Sarah House's Facebook page.

Celo Halloween Hayride Timelapse

Thanks to Eric Witherspoon for this view of the Halloween fun!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Masked Crusader Stymied by Ice Cream Selection at Area Grocery Store






















Evan Raskin took this picture at an Ingles in Asheville (and wrote the headline to go with it). He didn't set this up, he just happened upon it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tourist Binoculars















I love these tourist binoculars -- still 25 cents. This one is at the top of Grandfather Mountain, which is a fun place despite being a major tourist attraction. We were there during one of the busiest weekends of the year. It's a pretty controlled experience, but it's a spectacular place and there were a hell of a lot of people there -- outside.
















It also gives you the best possible view of one of North Carolina's greatest atrocities: Sugar Top, which spawned the North Carolina Mountain Ridge Protection Act that keeps anyone else from doing this.























And then there's the mile-high swinging bridge, which is really pretty cool.

Also worth noting that Grandfather Mountain is now run by a nonprofit and is part of a 4,000 acre preserve that's managed in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy and North Carolina State Parks.