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A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

Beyond the Walls of Biltmore, an Outdoor Playground Beckons

More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities.

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Seed Saving

Chris Smith photo

There are whole books devoted to the art and practice of seed saving, but this will give you a brief summary for tomato seeds, which happens to be one of the easiest places to start. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Dairy Legacy

Jon Ostendorff photo

Behind the tractor and gumboots and Tennessee accent, John Harrison has the restless curiosity of a cutting-edge innovator. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting a makeover, with work now underway to restore some buildings and demolish others. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Smokies are known for their spring ephemerals. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, like bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, trilliums and more impatiently claw their way through the brown leaf litter under the sparse spring canopy. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

A few weeks earlier, learning to fly fish seemed like a great idea on the eve of turning 40. Something new and adventurous, something novel and romantic. But now I’m doubtful. My vision of whipping S-curves through the air suddenly seems far-fetched. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

We humans love knowing, even more so controlling. Our fate, our lives, other people, circumstances, etc. So, few things cause more anxiety in life than a horizon line, be that mental, physical, emotional or spiritual. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Tomatoes

Sow True Seed photo

What is wrong with my tomatoes? Tomatoes are the beautiful, delicious, iconic garden crop, but with so many things that could be wrong with your tomatoes, it’s a wonderfully, and worryingly, huge question. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Berries

Photo courtesy of ASAP

Wandering through rows of blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry bushes is not only a delightful experience, it also creates direct connections between farmers and families. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer