Kayaking in Western North Carolina

One of the many benefits of Asheville and Western North Carolina is enjoying the good ol’ outdoors. There are activities that appeal to all enthusiasts: climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, or even casual hikers. This post is dedicated to kayakers, so I dove in to my photo archives and found a few kayak photos to blog. Not knowing a lot about the sport (except that “kayak” is a palindrome and it’s a thrill to photograph) I am going to refrain from giving advice on the subject. Instead, I provided you with a few useful links after my photos.

Kayaking on a lake in Asheville, NC

Enjoying a sunset on Lake Tomahawk, just north of downtown Asheville

Kayakers in Bryson City, NC

Kayakers in Bryson City, NC

Kayaker going off Hooker Falls in WNC

Kayaker going over Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest

Here are a few resources if you are looking for WNC kayaking info:

Nantahala Outdoor Center

WNC Kayaking

Asheville Now

Asheville Street Musicians and Performers

A look at a few street musicians and performers in downtown Asheville last night.

Downtown Asheville street musicians

Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks

Fiddle player in Asheville, NC

Street musician playing a fiddle

Asheville street music

Blind Boy Chocolate

WNC Street Musician

He was playing for "college fund"

Street music in Asheville, NC

They start so young...

Young street musician

Young street musician in Asheville

Silver Drummer Girl

Silver Drummer Girl waiting for money to beat her drum

Silver Drummer Girl getting money

Supporting street performer Silver Drummer Girl

Asheville street musician

Guitarist in front of Malaprops bookstore in Asheville

Shindig on the Green in Downtown Asheville, NC

You can’t go wrong with downtown Asheville on a Saturday night. Tonight I took some photos of Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park. It was packed with people for this folk festival, which is celebrating it’s 44th season. Live bluegrass music, dancing, food and fun: everything you need for a great festival! This was the second shindig of 2010, with six more to go.

Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park

A good turnout to Shindig on the Green

Folks playing some bluegrass

Folks playing some bluegrass

Hula Hooping in Asheville

Hula hooping at Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green - 44th Season

Backstage at Shindig

Practicing bluegrass in Asheville

Practicing beneath Asheville's City Hall

Okie Dokies Smokehouse at Shindig

Okie Dokies Smokehouse

Ice Cream shop The Hop

The Hop serving yummy ice cream

Musician having a good time

Harmonica player having a good time

Bluegrass musicians playing

A bluegrass group plays a tune

Stand up bass player in bluegrass band

Providing the low notes for the band

Music festival in western North Carolina

Behind the stage at Shindig

Playing the fiddle

Fiddle player stares into the sun

Dancing at Shindig in Asheville

The Dixie Darlings

WNC folk festival in Asheville

Banjo player pickin' away

Guitarist

Guitar player having a good time

Folks playing bluegrass

Folks playing a bluegrass tune

Glen - MC at Shindig on the Green in Asheville

Glenn, the MC

WNC folk festival

Pack Square Park filled up

Dancing at Shindig on the Green

Dancing at Shindig

Toy tractor

A child's toy tractor ... left behind

Bluegrass music at WNC folk festival

On stage at Shindig on the Green

Backstage at Shindig

Musicians wait in line to perform

Dancing on a board

On stage dancing

Shindig on the Green truck

Booth at Shindig / Courthouse and City Hall in background

Parrot

A parrot ... there was a parrot there

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