Graffiti at the River

My first assignment for this semester’s environmental humanities class at Wofford College may seem a little odd to the non-academic: inventory graffiti on the Glendale bridge and shoals. Why graffiti? First, there’s plenty of it at Glendale Shoals, and I’d once heard writer Alex Haley of ROOTS fame tell about how he moved his family around the South in the 1960s and always...

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS)

“Recreation is the new wilderness.” That’s what environmental historian Hal Rothman says about the shift in priorities in the last 20 years in much of the environmental community nationwide. What Rothman means by this is that in the heyday of the environmental movement wilderness was the number one issue worth fighting for, and instead today it is often, “How can we have...

The Long Haul

On Saturday I paddled my canoe above the dam at Glendale. It was a warm late summer day, and yellow-bellied and painted turtles were basking on debris along the old mill pond’s far shore. It couldn’t have been more beautiful, and I couldn’t have been more happy. As I paddled along I thought about how things were going to change a little in these turtles’ world. I knew,...

Walking the Old Trolley Line

There’s been so much talk lately about master planning, connectivity of communities, trail building, and traffic that I decided to walk from Glendale to Clifton this week along the route of the old trolley. The old trolley line was Spartanburg’s original “light rail,” and if you’ve traveled much you know it’s a concept that’s coming back in many...

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