Thrill of the Craft

I’d never heard the term “thrillcraft” until I saw it in the title of an e-mail the other morning. It arrived in a posting from an environmental listserve reviewing an anthology of essays by that name expounding upon the dangers to nature of off-road vehicles. By thrillcraft the authors mean snowmobiles, personal watercraft, dune and swamp buggies, 4-wheelers, and dirt bikes,...

Consider the Rocky-Shoals Spider Lilies

On Memorial Day weekend we bypassed the motor boats and the barbeque and packed a picnic river lunch. We drove an hour and a half to Landsford Canal State Park on the Catawba River near Chester to finally see the famous Rocky-Shoals Spider Lilies in full bloom. I say finally because seeing the spider lilies blooming is something that’s been on our outdoor “to do” list for...

The $35 Million River

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said you can’t step in the same river twice. It’s taken 2500 years, but the folks up at Charlotte’s U.S. Whitewater Training Center are trying to prove him wrong. This non-profit outdoor adventure park with a mile-long 12-million gallon recirculating river at its center is only an hour up I-85, and I’ve heard the hype. I’ve wanted to...

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