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Monday, April 7, 2014

Lake James NC Kayaking and Camping, Houseboat Weekend Living in NC to Kayak on Lake James and Explore the beautiful lake area and hiking trails

Lake James is one of the state's nicest and purist bodies of water in the state of North Carolina. 

I have been kayaking here for years and hiking nearby trails around Table Rock NC, Grandfather Mountain, Linville, Gorge NC and Snake Mountain NC. This western part of the state provides some unbelievable mountain views and great places to paddle a canoe or kayak. A weekend adventure or even a full day will reveal some of the hidden secrets which have cast a many a spells on visitors and locals alike. This area at times seems almost untouched. Even today there are trails and areas, which are unmarked and provide a quiet, relaxing place to gather your thoughts before returning to the overloaded world of plugged-in technologies.

Lake James NC offers nice camping sites, lots of kayaking opportunities and places to take some really cool photographs of your solo or family trips. The local eateries also provide some incredible 5-Star meals, everything from homemade country cooking to the European influenced tastes of Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England. One of my favorites and a must-visit for all coming to the area is Downtown Delights in Valdese NC. It's perfectly situating on main street in downtown Valdese NC and easy to reach by way of I-40 west. Make sure you either stop in on your way to Lake James NC or on your way back, you won't be disappointed, everything is homemade and reflects tastes as far away as Ireland and the ivory coast.

Kayak rentals and guided tours of Lake James, NC. Call or visit us and let us help you set-up a Lake James NC kayaking adventure you'll love.

Good luck and remember, " Discover the state you live in." Especially North Carolina!

North Carolina Mountains and the Arts - LEAF Music Festival, Schools and Street International - One Incredible Event Connecting Cultures Through Art and Music

This is one of North Carolina's most incredible events promoting varied cultures and connecting communities through the arts, education and music. 

Its Leaf'sAnnual Music Festival held at Lake Eden & Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 

It’s a weekend filled with imagination, love, music, art and a blending of world cultures. The festival is a super senses-filled 4-day event exposing everyone to all kinds of cool music; incredible food, engaging art and on-site camping near the lake and beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  View the web site link below for all the bands performing, including my favorite from my Mother Ship days of the seventies (Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band) formerly of Parliament Funkadelic. The impact on the local art community and the efforts to enlighten kids through music, culture and education are at the forefront of the Leaf movement. Below are links to more information on Leaf and their great efforts in uniting our worlds while stimulating our minds through growth.

Schools and Streets - Empowering our kids through music and the arts.

The Power of Art Education. How the Arts IMPACT lives