Jack O'Lantern Mushroom

Omphalotus illudens

No, it is not time for Halloween, but it IS time for bright orange mushrooms to start popping out of the ground to do a little pre-holiday scaring. 371 more words

Virginia Wildflowers

Hickory Nut Gorge from Buzzard's Lane Overlook

Above the eastern shore of picturesque Lake Lure is an unpaved road called Buzzard’s Lane. It’s the highest vantage point accessible by car anywhere around the lake, and overlooks ancient Hickory Nut Gorge to the west. 95 more words

Lake Lure

Into the Woods: Rocky Top

Plenty of folks will tolerate walking a few miles over rough terrain for exercise, camping, to see a view, or to enjoy a particularly nice day, but not many of us enjoy the walking itself. 857 more words

Creation

Back From My Eastern Trip

I got back  2 weeks ago after spending almost 3 weeks in the Catoctin Mountains. My plein air work was done on Arches 150lb paper for oil.  109 more words

On The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina, was conceived in the 1930s as a scenic highway that would connect Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. 818 more words

Nature

Introduction and maybe a purpose?

Hello from the Recreational Appalachian!

So, I have attempted a blog a couple of times on sites such as Blogger and LiveJournal, under different names, but never could fully commit to it. 487 more words

Recipes

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Relaxing Experience Packages - Cary / Raleigh, North Carolina

The Umstead Hotel Resort And Spa Cary/Raleigh NC

Spa Experiences Packages

The Umstead 100 minutes $225
The Umstead is a gratifying experience that begins with a Body Glow to nourish and revitalize the health of your skin, followed by a relaxing Swedish Massage. 271 more words

Health Wellness