North Carolina

    The Opossum Capital of the World: Clay's Corner, North Carolina (1)

    6/26/18 •

    …in far western North Carolina, a few miles south of where U.S. Highway 64 meets State Highway 141 and roughly 10 miles north of the Georgia state line. To learn about Brasstown’s John C. Campbell Folk School, visit Brasstown’s John C. Campbell Folk School Clay’s Corner (11005 Old Hwy. 64 W; 1-828-837-3797) is open daily….

    Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina

    5/07/22 •

    During a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina, my husband and I found a fascinating attraction: Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. What we experienced here you just can’t get from a history book! At this authentic replica of a 1750 Cherokee community, guides in traditional garb explain tribal history and customs….

    Fontana Village Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

    3/11/16 •

    Tucked amid the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, the remote Fontana Village Resort offers not just relaxation and recreation, but also an up-close look at an unusual “company town”. First known as Welch Cove and now privately owned, the village was created in the early 1940s to house 5,000 workers and their families…

    Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    2/11/21 •

    I found this charming log cabin on the lushly landscaped grounds of the Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Among the state’s oldest resorts, the town dates back to the 1800s and is full of small galleries, specialty shops and quaint restaurants. Most are within easy walking distance of the inn, which includes…

    Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

    1/29/20 •

    We first saw delightful Looking Glass Falls, located in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, at midday with an overflow crowd of tourists. But early the next morning, we visited again and had the waterfall — one of 250 in Transylvania County — all to ourselves. The soft light was perfect for photographs, and for…

    Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

    3/06/20 •

    When it comes to spectacular cascades, it’s tough to top Upper Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, near the South Carolina state line. At 411 feet high, it’s the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. A paved walkway from a parking lot leads to a great view from an…

    A Taste of Appalachian Culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina

    5/02/17 •

    A trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, taught me a lot about Appalachian culture — even without enrolling! Since 1925, this unique school has helped preserve traditional mountain crafts, music and dance. Its History Center describes the school’s fascinating origins. Don’t miss the…

    Motorcycle Enthusiasts Should Stay At the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Western North Carolina

    11/01/21 •

    Motorcycle enthusiasts should check out the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Stecoah in scenic western North Carolina. You won’t meet nicer people than owners John and Charlene Powell, who are riders themselves. Their pretty 39-acre resort includes lodge rooms, cabins and a campground, plus covered storage for bikes. Charlene’s home-cooked dinners taste great after a…

    Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, North Carolina: A Glimpse Into the South's Rural Past

    12/06/21 •

    My family and I enjoyed a unique glimpse of the South’s rural past at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm near Pinnacle in northwestern North Carolina. A century ago, farmer Thomas Hauser, his wife and 12 children worked this prosperous 450-acre farm. Today, costumed interpreters (at right) still use horses and mules for muscle and transportation……

    High Point, North Carolina: The Home Furnishings Capital of the World

    2/09/19 •

    If you’re looking for new furniture, visit High Point, North Carolina, the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World”. There are more than 70 retail furniture stores here — we couldn’t believe the quantity and variety of furniture. And because retailers can place special orders with nearby manufacturers, large discounts are available — plus no sales…

    The Highland Lake Inn in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

    4/16/21 •

    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina is a relaxing retreat: the Highland Lake Inn, near Flat Rock. This gorgeous 180-acre oasis offers a luxurious 16-room inn, the Woodward House… a historic 20-room mountain lodge… and rustic cabins and cozy cottages. We stayed in a 100-year-old cabin, equipped with modern amenities. If…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    10/19/20 •

    …What To Do When If it’s sunny or the sky is mostly clear: When the weather is good, head towards New Found Gap via 441. This road cuts through the middle of the park and about the half way mark you will cross over the state line into North Carolina. For the photobugs there is…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    5/23/20 •

    For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can’t beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it has carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a…

    A Detailed Guide to Pet Iguanas (Iguanidae)

    7/15/20 •

    …you install a direct water line and drainage system. Note: The following spiny lizards have no distinguishing English names. Spiny lizards Sceloporus poinsetti (Baird and Girard, 1852) Total length: 10 inches (26 cm). Head-torso length: 5 inches (12 cm). Distribution and Description: From southwestern North America (Texas and New Mexico) southward to central Mexico. Habitat:…

    Old Sheldon Church Ruins Near Beaufort in South Carolina

    7/19/14 •

    …ruins. I was particularly impressed by the distinctive Tuscan pillars and the 3-1/2-foot-thick brick walls. Old Sheldon Church is northwest of Beaufort. From town, take U.S. Highway 21 north until it meets U.S. Highway 17. Turn west on Highway 17, and in about 500 yards, turn north onto Sheldon Church Road and follow the signs….

    Chinchilla Colors (45)

    4/13/22 •

    …is that instead of having grey tipped fur, they have actual patches of grey fur. They have dark ears and dark eyes. The first white chinchilla was born in 1955 in North Carolina. Pink White These chinchillas, also known as beige mosaics have pink ears and pink eyes. Sometimes they have beige patches. Black Velvet…

    Chinchilla Breeders (33)

    12/12/20 •

    …competition with you. Thanks! US-Based Chinchilla Breeders Arizona AZ Chins Delaware Angel’s Chins Florida Chinchilla Rampage Winmar Farms Illinois ABC Chinchillas Chocolate Chins Indiana NWI Chinchillas Louisiana Sunset Chinchillas New York Paul Kubasiewicz North Carolina Tiffany’s Chinchillas Pennsylvania Susan J. Lamb Texas Heavenly Stars ChinZ Lone Star Chinchilla Non-US-Based Chinchilla Breeders Ontario, Canada Burgess Chinchillas…

    Horse Pictures

    10/19/21 •

    In North Carolina there are some areas where wild horses roam freely. However, because they are free, they’re also hard to spot and even harder to take a picture of. During my trip, I saw only one true wild horse and that was while I was riding a domestic horse along the beach. I had…

    Harbor Bird Pictures (2)

    5/29/17 •

    I was recently on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. This island marks the southern most end of what is called the Outer Banks. The busiest part of the island happens to be around a fairly good sized harbor. And where there’s a harbor there are harbor birds. While enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of the island,…

    Boone Hall Plantation Near Charleston, South Carolina: Oldest Working Plantations

    9/27/18 •

    I thoroughly enjoyed a recent visit to stately Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Established in the 1680s by Major John Boone (no relation to Daniel!), it’s one of America’s oldest working plantations. My cousins and I were impressed by the long driveway lined with Spanish moss-draped live oaks. The plantation’s centerpiece is a…