Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) began their run in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday.They stepped onto the field in France as defending World Cup champions after their 2015 win in Canada, but are joined by many of their international competitors in a crusade for gender equity.On the fieldThe U.S.’s first game came on the fifth day of the tournament, after many other nations have already begun competition in the Group Phase of the tournament — where teams are split into six groups to play round-robin style.The U.S. is in Group F, which also includes Thailand, Chile and Sweden. The teams with the best records in the Group Phase go on to the Knockout Phase, starting June 22, which is a single-elimination round to find the champion.After Tuesday’s win over Thailand, the USWNT’s second match will be at 12 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 16, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris against Chile, who they beat twice in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, securing themselves a place at this World Cup.Off the fieldOff the field, the USWNT made headlines in March when players sued the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) — the sport’s governing body — for gender discrimination, including unequal pay and resources.The suit named the 28 members of the 2015 World Cup team as plaintiffs, including stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, who are all back to compete in this year’s World Cup.“We feel a responsibility not only to stand up for what we know we deserve as athletes, but also for what we know is right – on behalf of our teammates, future teammates, fellow women athletes, and women all around the world,” Rapinoe said in a statement at the time.Last month, USSF hit back at the lawsuit, denying the allegations in a response. The group said “U.S. Soccer’s challenged pay practices are not based on sex” and that pay differences were based on “differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams” as well as other factors, according to their response.“We look forward to a trial next year after the World Cup,” the players said in a statement after the USSF’s response was filed.Household namesIn their lawsuit, the players cited that the U.S. Men’s National Team players get paid more, even though they are less successful. While the U.S. women are entering this World Cup as defending champions, the U.S. men did not qualify for last year’s FIFA World Cup.The women’s team is more successful on the field, and their profile is also growing. The 2015 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan became the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, per US Soccer.In a more cultural show of their growing profile, Morgan scored a cover on this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, while Rapinoe, Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn were also photographed in the issue. In doing so, Rapinoe became the first openly gay woman to pose for the Swimsuit issue.Meanwhile, as the tournament was about to start, several players launched a new company, re-inc, and dropped a T-shirt with it, as reported by The New York Times. USWNT forward Christen Press is the chief executive, former USWNT defender Meghan Klingenberg is president, USWNT forward Tobin Heath is chief innovation officer and Rapinoe is the chief branding officer.“We are four World Cup champions whose time on the USWNT has taught us how to fight,” the re-inc website reads. “For greatness. For our identities. For our own value.”On the field, the players are wearing new kits made by Nike. Nike, in keeping with its ad campaigns around breaking boundaries and pushing for equality, has debuted new ads featuring players like Morgan and Mallory Pugh.After Sunday’s match against Chile, the USWNT compete against Sweden on June 20 at 3 p.m. EST. Each match will be airing on Fox and Telemundo.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. June 11, 2019 /Sports News – National US Women’s National Team routs Thailand in opening World Cup game Written by
Brad James Tags: Weber State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Late Wednesday, Weber State football announced kickoff times for their games this season.Virtually all of the Wildcats’ games will be broadcast by some means or other as they will either be streamed online or broadcast on television.The season opener, August 31 at San Diego State, will be aired on Facebook and kickoff at 7:00 pm MDT.Their KJZZ Channel 14 broadcasts are September 7 against Cal Poly (6:00 pm), September 28 against Northern Iowa (6:00 pm) and October 12 against Southern Utah (6:00 pm).Pluto TV will also simulcast the Cal Poly and Northern Iowa games while exclusively broadcasting the October 5 game at Idaho (3:00 pm), the October 19 home game against Northern Arizona (2:00 pm), the November 2 game at Sacramento State (7:00 pm) and the November 9 game against North Dakota (2:00 pm).Eleven TV and Pluto TV will collaborate on the October 26 broadcast at UC Davis (5:00 pm) and the Senior Day game, November 23 against Idaho State (2:00 pm).The September 14 game at Nevada will be broadcast on ESPN-3 (5:00 pm) and the November 16 game at Montana will be broadcast on ROOT Sports (1:00 pm). August 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Reveals Kickoff Times Written by
UE recognized nationally in both pollsFollowing last Tuesday’s 67-64 win at top-ranked Kentucky, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team and head coach Walter McCarty received several accolades on Monday.The Purple Aces are on the verge of being ranked for the first time in their Division I history. In Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Evansville received 43 votes, ranking 30th on the list. UE also garnered 8 votes in the Coaches Poll, which put them at 39th.Evansville’s day got started on a high note with the squad being named the “Team of the Week” by March Madness digital reporter, analyst and host Andy Katz. Following UE’s win over the Wildcats, Coach McCarty joined Katz for an interview that recapped the game.Speaking of Coach McCarty – he was named the HoopDirt.com Division I Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions. With the honor, McCarty is now eligible to receive the HoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the season. The 2019-20 season marks the fifth year that HoopDirt.com has given out weekly and yearly awards.Coach McCarty has been making headlines in the early season, as his Evansville squad pulled off what could be the upset of the year on the road against top-ranked Kentucky. The Aces opened the season with a home victory over Ball State before heading to Lexington on Tuesday to take on McCarty’s alma mater, who had moved into the #1 spot in the country just a day prior.When all was said and done, the Purple Aces had shocked the college basketball world, coming away with a 67-64 win. The upset marked the first time in program history that Evansville had beaten the top-ranked team in the country, and snapped Kentucky’s 52 game home winning streak over unranked non-conference opponents. After an 89-71 win over IU-Kokomo on Thursday, Coach McCarty and the Aces are sitting at 3-0 on the season as they await a home matchup with SMU tonight.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
× HOBOKEN- At a roughly five-hour meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Hoboken City council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the city to use eminent domain “if necessary” to acquire land for a proposed and long awaited Southwest Park.The city would like to use one acre of land that currently sits empty, but is owned by Academy bus. The company has valued the property at $13 million in the past.The city has used eminent domain in the past to acquire its first acre of land for the 4th Ward park for $4.5 million which the city broke ground on last summer.Before casting his yes vote to approve of eminent domain as a negotiation tool, Councilman Michael Russo urged the mayor to “take that tool and use it wisely.”
Scratch baking will play a more important role at Tesco’s in-store bakeries as the supermarket rolls out a souped-up training programme across its entire estate.A new training regime is being put in place in Tesco’s 500 scratch-bake and 200 part-bake bakeries to address admitted failures in its bakery training programmes, category manager Neil Franklin told the autumn BSB conference last week.Training of coaches is under way and the programme will be implemented over the next year.”We didn’t feel we had the right level of capability in our training programmes,” he said. “One of the core things you’d expect of a training programme in an in-store bakery is how to make a loaf of bread from scratch. Rather embarrassingly, ours didn’t. So we’ve revisited the whole programme, putting in four levels from bronze to masterclass and it’s a bit of a Jedi programme. It’s vitally important that we seek to move to more scratch solutions, but, where we can, also have the right level of bake-off.”Some 83 people attended the conference, where speakers inc-luded Gary Gibbs, product develop-ment manager at British Bakels, who warned that the EU-approved health claims list, set for publication in 2008, is set to shake up new pro-duct development. He said: “People will move towards developing products around those approved health claims.” Addressing satiation – keeping you fuller for longer – will play a big role in developing bakery products, he added.l Full report next week.
As cocoa prices go through the roof, bakers are urged to source sustainablyThe high cost of cocoa looks set to continue as its commodity market price globally reaches near-record highs. Chocolate makers have been stocking up amid fears of supply shortages from the Ivory Coast, a leading supplier.A small rise to $3,385 would be a 29-year high (since February 1980) at New York, with London LIFFE seeing a 24-year high on 5 October.Amid this backdrop, bakers are being urged to find more sustainable ways of securing cocoa supplies to safeguard against continued rises, such as building Fairtrade cocoa supply avenues.”Because the potential income for farmers growing cocoa is so low, we’ve seen a lot of cocoa producing regions especially west Africa see farmers leaving cocoa to look for alternative work in the cities,” said Samantha Dormer, business development manager at The Fairtrade Foundation.”At the same time, old cocoa trees are producing very low yields. Every year there is less and less cocoa yield. This clearly demonstrates the importance of investing in a sustainable supply chain of cocoa.”l See page 28 for more on Fairtrade cocoa
The Queen has been pleased to approve that David Rutley MP and Nigel Adams MP be appointed Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government respectively.Both roles are unpaid and are in addition to their current roles as Government Whips.Nigel Adams MP has been appointed temporarily to provide support so Heather Wheeler MP can spend more time with her husband who has health issues.David Rutley MP has been appointed temporarily whilst Thérèse Coffey MP recovers from a period of illness.
A blend of fun and education, the Mitchell County 4-H20 day camp is designed to introduce students to the importance of water conservation and irrigation. The three-day camp is held every year, and will include a visit to the University of Georgia C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia, on June 22. “We can really educate any student, from the experienced to the inexperienced,” said Calvin Perry, Stripling research park superintendent and co-organizer of the event. The camp will be held Tuesday, June 21, to Thursday, June 23, and is open to all county 4-H clubs throughout Georgia. 4-H’ers from north Florida and southeast Alabama are also welcome to the water camp. Perry, Mitchell County UGA Cooperative Extension Coordinator Jennifer Grogan and Mitchell County 4-H Associate Debra Cox are working together to ensure that campers learn while having a wonderful time. Activities and speakers at the camp will cover topics including the amount of water it takes to make clothing and food, the best ways to conserve water and the importance of water irrigation to farmers. “We have different activities and speakers dealing with water every year, and they are always fun and educational,” said Grogan.“On the first day of the camp, the 4-H’ers will go to the Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, Georgia, where the educational manager, Melissa Martin, and her volunteers will teach classes about aquatic animals and their habitats. On the second day, 4-H’ers will travel to the Stripling research park, followed by a visit to Water World in Dothan, Alabama, on June 23,” Cox said.“Last year we had a record number of campers attend, and each year you never know which counties will come,” said Grogan. Around 160 campers attended last year. A similar turnout is expected again this year. Perry wants to assure parents that their children will have fun and be in great hands at the 4-H20 day camp this summer. “The youth and adults are going to have a great time in a safe environment while learning about water and other natural resources,” said Perry. For more information on the 4-H20 day camp, contact the Mitchell County Extension office at (229) 336-2066.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)
Governor Howard Dean — a nationally recognized political figure, presidential candidate and six term Governor — has agreed to serve as an independent consultant exclusive to the government affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Governor Dean will provide guidance to clients, particularly in the areas of healthcare and alternative energy resources.Governor Dean joins MLA following his tenure as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he created and implemented the “50 State Strategy.” In his new role as Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant, he will use his experience running national campaigns to the benefit of states and municipalities. Governor Dean will leverage his position as a thought-leader on policy issues to the benefit of his clients in the health and energy sectors.Respected for his fiscally moderate policies as Governor, he understands first-hand the severe budget constraints that are challenging state and municipal governments. His network of relationships across the U.S. complement the firm’s strong presence nationally. He is uniquely positioned to develop partnerships between industry stakeholders and local governments.Ambassador Gordon Giffin, who leads the firm’s public policy department was enthusiastic about the addition of Governor Dean. “Our firm is honored that a man of Governor Dean’s accomplishments and stature in the public policy arena has chosen to affiliate with us. His years of experience and thoughtful approach to public policy challenges will provide our clients with a remarkable resource as all businesses adjust to this era of government engagement with the private sector.””After a long career in public office, I look forward to the opportunity to turn some attention to working with the private sector, particularly in the areas of health care and alternative energy — while supporting an agenda of fiscal responsibility. McKenna has an excellent platform of policy advisors who are already working in a bi-partisan way with government and industry to advance projects for the common good,” said Dean. “I’m very much at home here with this strong team, which includes a number of former elected officials.”Dean began his life in politics in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean raised his profile in the state, culminating in 12 years of service as Vermont’s governor — the second longest serving in the state. Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was a chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the internet.Dean joins the national team of MLA’s Government affairs practice which includes a number of widely respected attorneys and professionals including Gordon Giffin, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada; Eric Tanenblatt, longtime advisor to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense at DOD and Congressman Paul McHale; former Congressman Buddy Darden; former Mayor of Indianapolis Steve Goldsmith; former senior Clinton White House officials Marcia Hale and Keith Mason; Joe Dowley, former chief counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee; and Cindy Gillespie, senior counselor to Governor Mitt Romney.MLA is an international law firm of attorneys and public policy advisors. The firm provides business solutions in the areas of environmental regulation, international law, public policy and regulatory affairs, corporate law, government contracts, intellectual property and technology, complex litigation, real estate, energy and finance. To learn more about the firm and its services, log on to http://www.mckennalong.com(link is external).WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ –SOURCE McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP
Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and hit the road. We have scoured the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for the most affordable adventures. Explore UndergroundMammoth Cave, KentuckyIt’s hard to believe that Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world, started 10 million years ago as nothing more than a seeping, soggy limestone-laden field. To date, more than 400 miles of the cave’s passages have been explored since the first tour of Mammoth in 1816. The cave has seen an interesting array of curious characters in its time—natives and trappers, soldiers and doctors, miners and priests—yet even now, the cave and its true extent are hardly understood. Mammoth is, as early guide Stephen Bishop once put it, “a grand, gloomy, and peculiar place.”Above ground, though, the land surrounding Mammoth Cave is fertile and green. Some 84 miles of backcountry trails for hikers, equestrians, and bikers showcase the park’s 52,000+ acres, which include the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin Rivers. Mammoth received its national park designation in 1941, and because of its rich ecosystem above and below ground, became a World Heritage Site in 1981 and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990. Take a tour down Gothic Avenue ($12), where you can see some graffiti left by visitors who visited Mammoth Cave in the 1800s. It sounds bizarre, and it is, but so goes the history of Mammoth. After your tour, pitch a tent along the banks of the Green or stake your claim on one of the Nolin’s islands with a free Backcountry Use Permit. Permits are available at the Visitor Center and give visitors free range to settle most anywhere throughout the park. Anglers especially will enjoy the riverside location, as muskellunge, bluegill, catfish, bass, perch, and crappie abound.For $26, you can take an Introduction to Caving Tour to discover if spelunking is really for you. Over the course of three hours, you’ll learn the basics of caving and experience the cave as early explorers might have seen it. If you enjoy camping but prefer to have a few amenities during your stay, the Houchin Ferry Campground just 15 miles away offers 12 sites at $12 per night. Go beyond the typical tourist experience and sign up for the Wild Cave Tour ($55). You’ll only travel a total of five miles, but you’ll be underground for six hours climbing, army-crawling, and squeezing into all of those hard-to-reach chambers and labyrinths the other tours merely talk about. To get the full Mammoth Cave experience, reserve a room at the Mammoth Cave Hotel (rates from $89 per night). In its heyday, the hotel hosted a grand ballroom and covered porticos that would impress even the haughtiest of visiting aristocrats.Scale a SumitSeneca Rocks, West VirginiaAlong the eastern edge of West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest lies 100,000 acres of rugged mountain ridgelines that rise like fins above the North Fork Valley. Collectively, these ridges form the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Established in 1965, this area was the first National Recreation Area designation under the Forest Service. Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point and the Allegheny Mountains’ tallest peak, looms 4,863 feet above the valley floor. Its erosion-resistant Pottsville sandstone features are pockmarked with stripes and circles, indicative of its more than 300-million-year lifespan. The climate here is harsh and unlike anywhere else in Appalachia. Arctic-like plants and wildlife like the dwarf cornel, red fox, snowshoe hare, and ruffed grouse thrive here, yet are more commonly found in Canada’s coniferous forests.Just 15 miles north of Spruce Knob stands Seneca Rocks, which has long been recognized as a Mid-Atlantic climbing hotbed. The iconic flake of Tuscarora quartzite rises 900 feet above the North Fork River and is revered for its exposed ridgelines and caprock. Purchased by the federal government in 1969, Seneca Rocks was once the site of the only low altitude assault climbing school for the U.S. Army in the early 1940s. Chosen for its terrain, which was similar to that found in northern Italy, World War II soldiers learned tactical rope and alpine assault techniques on Seneca and nearby Champe Rocks. Today, climbers can still find World War II-age pitons jammed into the rock face, which explains how one section of cliff was donned “The Face of a Thousand Pitons.”With roughly 400 established climbing routes ranging in difficulty from 5.0 to 5.13, climbers can easily spend a season at Seneca and never climb the same route twice. There are only a few bolts along these routes, so climbers should be well versed in traditional climbing. Not a climber? Hop on the West Side Trail behind the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. A three-mile hike out-and-back, this trail leads to the very summit that climbers access. To see Seneca from afar, hop on the Spruce Knob trail and summit the state’s highest point. There’s an observation tower at the summit, and the easy walk from the car can be done in a 0.5-mile loop. Set up camp at Seneca Shadows Campground (sites from $17 per night) for stunning views of Seneca’s rocky face.Not far from Spruce Knob and just outside the National Recreation Area is NROCKS (“N” for Nelson), a privately owned climbing area that features one of only three via ferratas on the East Coast. Built in 2002, the via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) takes visitors up 1,085 feet in elevation, across a suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long, and at exposed heights of 280 feet. NROCKS offers guided via ferrata tours starting at $80 per person, and you can even stay onsite after your day on the rock. Stake your tent for $7.50 per person, per night, or reserve a cabin for $20 per person, per night. NROCK also has a number of guest rooms that can accommodate four people and are $81.25 per night.Rally a few friends with an equal sense of adventure and hire a guide out of Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides. For a group of three at minimum, visitors with little climbing experience can scale the summit of Seneca under professional supervision and assistance for $90 per person. Later, post up shop at the Seneca House just five miles from Seneca Rocks. Rooms start at $45 per night, but there is also a sweet renovated barn available for just $75 a night. Whatever adventures you decide to embark on, a stop at Harper’s Olde General Store and Front Porch Restaurant is a must.Raft the CanyonAlbright, West VirginiaNot everyone has the time or skills to tackle the Grand Canyon, but that’s no excuse to forgo paddling through a river canyon altogether. The Cheat River Canyon in northern West Virginia is one of the longest commercially rafted rivers in the Mid-Atlantic. A classic example of West Virginia whitewater, the Cheat Canyon is one of the few naturally running rivers in the state that remains, with high-volume, big-wave action around every bend.The Cheat River Canyon in northern West VirginiaOf the river’s 162-mile journey north along the Allegheny Mountains, the 10-mile class III-IV stretch from Albright, W.Va., to its confluence with the Big Sandy is the most popular section. Here, the steep gorge walls plummet to the river’s edge like heavy green curtains, housing a wide array of delicate and diverse species of flora and fauna. More than ten endangered, threatened, or globally rare species occur in the canyon, including the flat-spired three-toothed land snail, which exists nowhere else in the world.Once listed on American Rivers’ 10 most-endangered rivers in the nation due to acid mine drainage blowouts in the mid-‘90s, the Cheat River is now both protected and restored. In 2014, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund designated more than 3,800 acres along the banks of the Cheat as official Wildlife Management Area, securing in perpetuity a wild and wonderful canyon for generations of paddlers to come.Bring your own boat, run your own shuttle, and be home in time for supper! Though the Cheat has a remote and wild feel, the river is just a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., making a day trip easily doable. In the event that you need an affordable and convenient spot to crash, the Cheat Canyon Campground offers flat, grassy, riverside camping for $5 per person, per night. Cap off the day with a $4 burger and a Preston County draft from the newly established Brew Ha Ha Caffeine and Cuisine in downtown Kingwood.Never been on whitewater before? Lacking proficient river-reading skills? Hop in a raft and let a hired guide do the work. Wilderness Voyageurs offers guided rafting trips down the Cheat Canyon for $75 during the weekday, $95 on Saturday, and $85 on Sunday. If it’s your first time on whitewater, or you have younger kids along, consider a float down the five-mile class II-III Cheat River Narrows first. Blackwater Outdoor Adventures offers trips down the Narrows for $52.95, which includes lunch. Be sure to come during the spring when river levels are high. After your float, head an hour north past the Pennsylvania border to the quaint town of Ohiopyle where Wilderness Voyageurs is headquartered. You can camp at Benner’s Meadow Run Camping & Cabins for $9 per person, per night, and prime yourself for another day of adventure. Hundreds of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails like the Great Allegheny Passage, Laurel Highlands Trail, and Sugarloaf Trail System are right out your tent flap, so grab some boots or rent a bike for $6 per hour and get exploring!If your wild and wonderful whitewater adventure maxed out your ruggedness for the day, there are a number of cabins and B&Bs in the area. Some unique options are the Riverside Hotel (rates from $69 per night) in Friendsville, Md., and Blue Moon Rising (cabins starting at $175 per night) in McHenry, Md. The Riverside Hotel is literally riverside, located on the banks of the Upper Yough (another great class IV-V stretch of whitewater, which you can raft with Wilderness Voyageurs for $120). For $12, the Riverside also serves vegetarian “all you care to eat” meals made from local, organic ingredients and vegetables grown in their backyard. Blue Moon Rising prides itself on sustainability and earth-friendly construction practices, so you can feel good about your lodging for the evening. Choose from any of their 13 unique cabins, all of which are built from reclaimed materials. Be sure to make time to enjoy a meal at Blue Moon’s partner business, MoonShadow Café, in nearby Accident, Md., for farm fresh food, craft brews, and live entertainment.Paddle With DolphinsCumberland Island, GeorgiaRunning for 18 miles along the coast of Georgia, and ranging anywhere from one-half to three miles wide, Cumberland Island is the state’s largest and southernmost barrier island. An enchanted destination, Cumberland’s 36,545 acres are only accessible by ferry. The island features 50 miles of hiking trails that wind through old growth maritime forests, interior wetlands, marshes, and pristine beaches.Endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest on Cumberland Island. Though nearly 10,000 acres of the northern half of the island are a designated Wilderness Area, young turtles are still at risk from feral hogs, raccoons, boats trawling offshore and vehicles driving along the beach. It is estimated that only one of every 10,000 sea turtle hatchlings is likely to reach maturity.While some of the 50,000 annual visitors to the island hire a guided vehicle tour run by the National Park Service, the most authentic way to experience Cumberland is to walk beneath its towering 400-year-old live oak trees and feel its pearly white sand beneath your feet. You could catch the ferry from St. Marys ($15 roundtrip, 45 minutes one way), but why not take your own boat and paddle the seven miles yourself? Up the Creek Xpeditions in St. Marys offers sea kayak rentals for $40 per day if you don’t have your own. Launch from Crooked River State Park’s boat ramp (one-time $5 parking fee) and wind through tidal creeks toward Sea Camp. It will take a couple of hours of solid paddling to cross, but the resident dolphins here may reward you with a sighting, if you’re lucky. Once you strike land, stake your tent at Sea Camp ($4 per person, per night) or hike to one of the backcountry sites like Brickhill Bluff. The park’s entrance fee is $4 for adults 16 and older, and private boaters can pay at Sea Camp upon arrival.Join Up the Creek Xpeditions on a full-day guided sea kayaking tour to the southern end of the island for $100 per person. Keep in tune with your earthly adventures after the paddle by booking a stay at The Hostel in the Forest. Just 10 miles west of Brunswick, Ga., this alternative, eco-friendly hostel has tree houses, an organic vegetable garden, a sweat lodge, and hiking trails that braid across the property’s 133-acre forest. Initial membership to the hostel is $10, after which members can stay for $25 per night.Land a LunkerShenandoah National Park, VirginiaJust 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park provides an easily accessible recreational haven for urban residents throughout the Mid-Atlantic. There are 500 miles of trails throughout the park’s 200,000 acres, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. For 105 miles, Skyline Drive runs the length of Shenandoah like a backbone, providing visitors roadside access to trailheads, overlooks, and camping. The rolling ridgelines, rocky terrain, and bucolic meadows characteristic of Shenandoah attract hikers, anglers, and historians alike. More than 70 mountain streams and tributaries host a healthy and diverse fish population, including the native brook trout. Despite heavy visitation numbers to the park (1.2 million in 2015 alone), there is plenty of solitude and adventure to be found in Shenandoah’s peaks and valleys.While you might not necessarily land a lunker, Big Run is the largest watershed area in Shenandoah and also one of the best places to drift a fly for native brookies. Nonresidents can get a freshwater fishing license for Virginia at $8 per day, or $21 for five consecutive days, and entrance into Shenandoah is typically $20 per vehicle for a seven-day pass. Once in the park, you can hike to Big Run from the Doyles River trailhead. In general, the harder you’re willing to work, and the more you hike in, the higher your chances of catching the elusive brookie! Grab a free backcountry camping permit at any one of the self-registration kiosks to pitch a tent along Big Run, or head up to Loft Mountain Campground where you can stay for $15 a night.Freshen up your casting skills before you head to the woods with a two-hour class courtesy of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing out of Harrisonburg, Va. For $85, you’ll receive rods, reels, flies, and tackle free of charge, not to mention top-of-the-line advice from Mossy Creek’s expert guides. Shack up at Old Rag Cottage just a few miles from Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon. The cottage can be rented at $85 per night and puts you practically streamside for a full day of fishing.The park’s namesake river is revered for its smallmouth bass, which live in greater densities on the Shenandoah than any other river in Virginia. If high catch rates are what you’re after, look no further than the South Fork of the Shenandoah. Mossy Creek offers eight-hour float trips down the Shenandoah for $325 per day, including food and beverages. Afterwards, you can settle into a luxury yurt at Rose River Farm (rates from $250 per night for a four-person maximum occupancy), which is just a few minutes’ drive from other native trout waters like the Rapidan, the Upper Rose, and the Robinson.Sleep with GatorsFargo, GeorgiaDon’t let the presence of gators deter you from taking a visit to Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (after all, there are only 15,000-some alligators living in the Okefenokee Swamp). And don’t let the fact that Okefenokee is a swamp alter your decision, either. Swamps can be sweltering hot, dark, muddy, and buggy, yes, but they can also be magical, teeming with life and wonder. Distinguished by Seminole Indians as the “Land of Trembling Earth,” which alludes to its unstable peat deposits, Okefenokee is the largest blackwater swamp in the country. For nearly 700 miles from southeastern Georgia to a small part of northern Florida, the Okefenokee provides sanctuary to more than 200 species of migratory birds as well as black bears, gopher tortoises, and of course, the American alligator. The swamp also protects the headwaters of the St. Marys and Suwannee Rivers. In 1971, Okefenokee was recognized as a Wetland of International Importance because of its size—within the 400,000-acre refuge itself, over 350,000 acres are designated wilderness, making the swamp one of the largest intact freshwater ecosystems in the world.Also located in the refuge is the Stephen C. Foster State Park, an 80-acre facility located on the banks of the Suwannee. It serves as the western entrance to the Okefenokee and an educational hub for the park. The best time to visit Okefenokee is March through April, when wildflowers are in bloom, the water is high, and temperatures are bearable. November through February is also ideal, as mosquito populations are typically down while migratory bird numbers are up. Planning ahead and preparing is key if you want to experience Okefenokee by boat. The refuge allows a limited number of canoe permits per season, and permits are often reserved months in advance ($6 non-refundable reservation fee + $15 per person, per night). There are 120 miles of Wilderness trails within the refuge, so the possibilities are endless. The six color-marked canoe trails can easily be worked into multiday canoe excursions ranging from day trips to four-night outings. Bring your own boat and launch at any one of the park’s boat ramps, or rent a kayak or canoe from Okefenokee Adventures (rates from $25 per day). You can arrange a shuttle with the outfitter if you plan to be out for more than a day. There are seven overnight shelters built and three islands available for camping in the swamp. Explore the tangled forest of longleaf pine, cypress, bay, and shrubs via the comfort of a 24-foot Carolina Skiff. The guides at Okefenokee Adventures are extremely knowledgeable about the swamp’s cultural and natural history, as well as its resident plant and wildlife populations. A 90-minute tour costs $19.50 for adults, but we recommend taking advantage of the sunset tour for a truly magical glimpse at Okefenokee ($28.50). Book a campsite at Stephen C. Foster State Park (sites from $28 per night) for everything you love and cherish about the swamp without the logistical hassle of backcountry camping.If delicately cruising along in a motor-powered boat doesn’t match your ethics, you can still get a guided Okefenokee excursion that’s longer, more in-depth, and human-powered. Okefenokee Adventures offers four-hour tours by canoe and kayak and only costs $95 for two people. Just 18 miles up the road from the state park is the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge. There are 10 cottages available for rent starting at $85 per night.Dive Below WaterfallsBrevard, North CarolinaTransylvania County in western North Carolina has long been touted as the “Land of Waterfalls,” and rightfully so—over 250 waterfalls in varying heights and flows pockmark the county’s mountainous terrain. Between Gorges State Park, DuPont State Forest, and Pisgah National Forest, visitors to Transylvania have 100,000 acres of public lands, 400 miles of singletrack, and more than 1,000 miles of gravel forest service roads at their fingertips. At the heart of Transylvania, cradled between Pisgah and DuPont, is the quaint town of Brevard. With close proximity to recreational gems like Looking Glass Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s no wonder Brevard has attracted a core community of active outdoor enthusiasts. Be it climbing, paddling, cycling, fishing, trail running, and more, Transylvania County is more than the Land of Waterfalls—it’s the Land of Adventure.Looking Glass Falls is likely the most iconic waterfall in the area, and also one of the most heavily visited. With roadside access, this 60-foot waterfall is normally crowded on any given weekend, so try to check it out early in the day to avoid the masses. Take a quick dip in the falls before heading up Forest Service Road 475B. Be on the lookout here for roadside camping, which is free and available on a first come, first serve basis. Once you’ve staked your claim on a site, veer off 475B and explore Slick Rock Falls and Sliding Rock. Sliding Rock especially can get busy during the summer, but it’s a classic water destination and plus, it’s just plain fun.To see more waterfalls in less time, go for a run or hop on a bike and weave your way through DuPont State Forest’s 90-mile trail system. You can run or ride to a waterfall, take a dip, wash, rinse, repeat. Bridal Veil Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls are some of the best in DuPont. Bring your own bike or rent one from The Hub in Pisgah Forest, N.C., (rates from $35 per day). You can also hire a guide and set up basecamp at The Bike Farm, where two people can get a half-day guided tour and a campsite for $85 per person. Upgrades to the lodging here include platform camping ($35 per night) and tent glamping ($100 per night).If your idea of adventure in the Land of Waterfalls involves more than splashing off in the pools, Pura Vida Adventures’ canyoneering trips are for you. Participants must have some prior rappelling or climbing experience, because this trip is full on for six to nine hours. Beginner canyoneering courses start at $150 per person while intermediate trips come in at $225 per person. When you’re ready to retire, nearby Davidson River Campground offers primitive sites starting at $18 per night, or, for the luxuries of home, check out the dog-friendly cabins at DogWoods Retreat (cabins starting at $275 per night).Ride Like the ProsGreenville, South CarolinaThe city of Greenville hardly gets the biking notoriety that other two-wheeled meccas like Boulder and Portland receive, but for decades, this southern city has been turning out some of the world’s best riders. Take George Hincapie, for example, a 17-time Tour de France rider and three-time U.S. National Road Race Champion. After retiring from his career as a professional road rider, Hincapie returned to his hometown. Not far from Greenville is the up-and-coming community of Travelers Rest, affectionately referred to as “TR.” Travelers Rest sits at the northern terminus of the Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 21-mile greenway connecting TR to Greenville. On any given day, riders and pedestrians along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail can catch glimpses of the Hincapie Racing Team gearing up for a training ride out to Paris Mountain State Park, Caesar’s Head State Park, or Table Rock State Park.Cycle along the Reedy River via the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, the famed Rails-to-Trails pathway of Greenville and Travelers Rest. The going is relatively flat and paved, which makes it great for families and novice riders alike. Don’t have a bike of your own? Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest offers rental rides starting at $20 per half day. Camp out nearby at Paris Mountain State Park, where you’ll have 15 miles of hiking and biking trails just a short walk from your campsite. Basic sites here start at $18 per night, but you can also camp along the North Lake Trail Loop for $11 per night.Bike and brunch with Reedy Rides in downtown Greenville. This guide and rental service offers two-wheeled tours of Greenville as well as informational tours of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. For $45 you can get a four-hour tour and brunch with Reedy Rides, but you can also customize your trip, so ride longer, explore more, and get the most out of your Greenville cruise. Post up for the evening at the Swamp Rabbit Inn just two blocks off Main Street in downtown Greenville. Rooms here start at $105 per night, and the Inn even has its own bike rental program through The Bike Shed, which offers rides at $25 per eight hours.For more beta on Greenville’s bike-friendly scene, pick up a copy of Cycling Greenville ($14.95), which details 20 of the best rides in and around Greenville. You can venture on your own or learn from the pros by enlisting the services of George Hincapie’s guides at Hotel Domestique. Rates here start at $100 for a one- to three-hour tour, but these guides aren’t necessarily into the tourist thing. They’ll push you harder on climbs and unveil local routes, give you pointers and pace the downhills. Were it not for the upscale accommodations at Hotel Domestique, which include a three-course European style breakfast and saltwater lap pool starting at $295 per night, you might think you were at training camp.Search for the StarsLinville Gorge, North CarolinaThe Linville Gorge Wilderness is the crown jewel of Pisgah National Forest. The 12,000-acre wilderness is largely regarded as one of the few remaining places in the Eastern seaboard where one can find solitude on a weekend, cliff-edge views, and truly wild terrain to boot. The Linville River bisects the wilderness, and though the upper and lower reaches of the Linville are calm and flat, there are nearly seven miles of continuous class IV-V+ rapids in the heart of the gorge. The towering 2,000-foot cliffs that rise from the river are littered with hidden caves you won’t find on any map, yet are well known among climbers and off-trail hikers. Though the gorge is stunning any time of year, come in the spring when cliffsides are covered in the pink of rhododendron-in-bloom.On weekends and holidays during peak season (May through October), you’ll need to reserve a camping permit ahead of time. Though the permit is free, users can only receive one permit per month for three consecutive days and two nights. The view from Shortoff Mountain is truly spectacular, and if you can snag one of the campsites along the way, you’re in for a real celestial treat.As with any wilderness area, the trails in Linville aren’t marked and some areas in particular are hard to navigate or overgrown. Let a guide show you the way. HikeMore Adventures offers a stargazing excursion ($75 per person) to the Linville Gorge with Bob Hampton, President and Founder of the Blue Ridge Astronomy Group and Future Director of the Blue Ridge Public Observatory. Spend four hours under the stars with the knowledge and guidance of an expert. Accompanying the trip will be a 13.1″ diameter Dobsonian Reflecting Telescope to help you see the planets, moons, and satellites that speckle our nightsky.To know and feel the grandeur and ruggedness of the gorge, consider tackling the 22-mile Linville Gorge Loop Trail. HikeMore can lead the way. Starting at $225 per person, this trip can easily cater to individual preferences and physical abilities. Consider packing a Tenkara rod so you can take advantage of the 13 miles of pristine fishing on the Linville River. By the time you finish this loop, your body will likely need a little TLC. Recharge and get a hot shower at the newly opened Harmony Hostel ($45 per person per night) just an hour north in Banner Elk, N.C.Go Thru, All the WayChattanooga, TennesseeThough Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee, its proximity to the outdoors has revitalized the reputation of this southern metropolis. Once considered the dirtiest city in America, Chattanooga is now thriving on its recreational assets like the Tennessee River, which flows through the middle of town, and adjacent public lands like Prentice Cooper State Forest and North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy. Situated against the towering Cumberland Plateau, Chattanooga is widely recognized for its sandstone bluffs and boulders. From climbing to IRONMANs and everything in between, Chattanooga has it all.Signal Point hike in Chattanooga, TNThru-hike or run the Cumberland Trail. Officially designated in 1998 as the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, the trail is Tennessee’s first linear state park and is a significant section of the newly developed Great Eastern Trail. At 190 miles, this scenic trail is still being developed, but the southern terminus of the trail ends just outside Chattanooga at Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park on Signal Mountain. When completed, the Cumberland Trail will connect two national parks and passes through a National Wild and Scenic River area. Hikers and trail runners alike will be surprised at the ruggedness of this trail, which follows high ridgelines and deep gorges. There are few developed campsites along the trail, so most of the land is fair game so long as Leave No Trace principles are practiced and respected.The Tennessee River Blueway, designated a National Scenic River Trail in 2002, highlights all that is unique about Chattanooga. From Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam, the Blueway runs for 48 miles past downtown, through the Tennessee River Gorge, and into the Nickajack’s headwaters. Paddlers can opt for a day trip and still get a taste of the gorge by putting in at Suck Creek and taking out six miles downstream at Pot Point. L2 Outside offers boat and SUP rentals starting at $25 per day, though if you come on a Tuesday, you’ll only pay half. The Blueway runs through both private and public land, but there are plenty of campsites along the way that are free and open to the public. Outdoor Chattanooga offers a comprehensive list of every campsite, cabin, and hotel along the Blueway for ease of logistics.The adventurous soul will attempt the Blueway in its entirety, which can easily be completed in three days. For a different glimpse of the Tennessee River, L2 Outside leads sunset paddles ($35) every Friday and Saturday night from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Your board will come equipped with LED lights to brighten your way as you paddle downstream. In the evening, retreat to your perch, literally, above Lookout Creek, a seasonal wetland in the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Known as Paddler’s Perch, this treetop cabin is mainly reserved for paddlers of the Tennessee River Blueway who can rent the space for $35 per night for two people.Hang TenOuter Banks, North CarolinaThe Outer Banks is a series of barrier islands that runs for 200-some miles along the Atlantic Coast from southeastern Virginia through North Carolina. Known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the coast and waves along the Outer Banks have long warranted respect from both sailors and surfers. Its past is peppered with shipwrecks and pirates, settler mishaps and aviation exploits. Before tourism trickled into the Outer Banks in the early 1930s and 1940s, the islands here were quiet and wild, with more barren sand dunes and dense maritime forest than boardwalks and development. You can still get a taste of the Outer Banks’ origins at the many national wildlife refuges that dot the seaboard like Currituck and Pea Island.Take the free ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island, a 16-mile long barrier island that is partially protected under the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The beaches here are undeveloped with a small clustering of restaurants and shops 13 miles from the ferry landing. Rent a surfboard from Ride the Wind Surf Shop for $22 a day or $75 for the week. Camp among the open sand dunes at Ocracoke Campground for $28 per night. Separated by barrier dunes, your site is oceanside so you can conveniently access the waves when the gettin’s good.The Outer Banks are great for surfing, sure, but if getting thrashed in the waves all day starts to get old, the vast amounts of protected lands and wetlands host some of the best flatwater paddling on the East Coast. Learn about the barrier island ecosystem and wildlife population on a two-hour kayak tour through the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest. Duck Village Outfitters offers guided tours for $39 for single kayaks, $69 for double. The Adventure Bound Campground in Kitty Hawk not far away has a campground for roughing it (rates at $28 per tent for max two people, per night) but you may want a bed and a kitchen. Check out their hostel and reserve a private room for $60 per night.Learning a sport as an adult takes a lot of humility, patience, and humor. Farmdog Surf School in Nags Head makes the sometimes-painful process of learning to surf more fun than ego-busting. Sign up for the shop’s three-day adult surf camp for $249. Farmdog also offers an all-women’s yoga, surf, and SUP camp for the same price. After your day on the water, check out Farmdog’s espresso bar, which also sells organic smoothies and sandwiches, all the ingredients you need for an awesome day. Find a little bit of “seaclusion” from the Nags Head scene at Pelican Cottages, where you can rent a seaside cabin starting at $135 per night.