Buenos Aires: The Paris of South America

Posted by - March 19, 2018

Words & Photos by Hayley Swinson     A man wearing a white shirt, neckerchief, and loose blue pants gallops on horseback at breakneck speed, standing in his stirrups, arm outstretched, reaching with his pen-like stick to catch a ring suspended from a crossbar between two posts. The man’s colleagues watch with amusement and anticipation.

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Chill in Finland

Posted by - January 22, 2018

Written by:  Doug Franks My wife and I have seven nieces and seven nephews, and years ago we decided to do something special for each one’s eighteenth birthday: we would take them anywhere in the world they chose. To see a bit of the world was the best present we could ever give them and

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Adventure, Surfing, Survival

Posted by - December 14, 2017

Written By:  Jason Frye    Photography By: DJ Struntz   D.J. Struntz does not fidget. He sits calmly, hands still, except when illustrating a point or raising his coffee for a sip. His hands are not busy, but there’s an energy to him. It’s coiled there beneath the surface, secreted beneath a wash of calm.

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A Homegrown Christmas Starts With The Tree

Posted by - December 6, 2017

Written by: Diana Matthews | Photography by: NC Christmas Tree Association   If you grew up in eastern North Carolina two generations ago, your choices for Christmas trees depended on what was growing on your family’s acreage. Or if you didn’t have your own woods, you got a cedar or pine from someone who did.

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Wilmington’s Walk of Fame: 20 years later

Posted by - September 15, 2017

Written by: Monte Coughlin | Photography by: Monte Coughlin and used with permission from Nancy Bullock for this article What do a 19th century architect, two former NFL quarterbacks, a world famous opera singer, and Grammy award winning country music legend all have in common?  Each of them spent a part of, or most of their life, in

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Bald Head Island Conservancy

Posted by - August 17, 2017

The Bald Head Island Conservancy has served as the environmental and education beacon of BHI since its founding in 1983 by Dr. Thad Wester.  The Wester family had moved to BHI in the early 1970s as part of the ‘Generator Society’, and it was Dr. Wester’s passion for the island’s magnificent habitats and species that

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A Splendid Jaunt on the Appalachian Trail: Carver’s Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

Posted by - July 10, 2017

Written by: Doug Franks | Photography provided by: Appalachian Trail Conservancy The world’s longest hiking-only footpath, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a 2190 mile stretch, traversing fourteen states, from Mt. Springer, GA., to Mt. Katahdin, ME. Along the way it takes in the southeastern portion of the country’s highest peaks and arguably its most stunningly brilliant

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