If you are looking for nature, music, and beauty consider visiting the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center is a community of highly talented musicians who have devoted their life to music that brings joy to so many people.
There is a combination of excitement as the musicians begin their performance, soothing everyone into serene calmness. At the Brevard Music Center, you will find a music mix of opera, banjo, and classical music. There is a little bit of everything for everyone!
As of now, the summer outdoor concerts have begun. When you arrive at the Brevard Music Center, you will be greeted with a whimsical portrait of Beethoven wearing a pair of cool sunglasses. Also, many talented high students are back and are eager to perform. Outdoor summer concerts are held at Whittington Pfohl-Auditorium. Winter concerts are held in Parker Concert Hall, overlooking Lake Milner.
Consider visiting this lovely place, I promise you…it will not disappoint.
Get ready to awaken your senses. At the North Carolina Arboretum, you will be filled with a sense of peace and relaxation as you walk through the beautiful landscape and trails. The arboretum contains one of the Southeast’s most impressive Azalea collections and is recognized for its Bonsai collection.
The North Carolina Arboretum is located in the Pisgah National Forest.
Here are 5 Reasons to Visit The North Carolina Arboretum
There are excellent trails for hiking and biking. They have some benches where you can sit and relax. Also, leashed pets are welcome on the trails and in the gardens. List of trails can be found here.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Rose Show hosted by the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society. It was a wonderful treat to admire the many varieties of roses and learn about them.
The East Asian Collection was established in 2005, and is a popular exhibition of the North Carolina Arboretum. There are 40 specimens on display. This exhibition is opened seasonally; ( May – October, 9 am – 5pm daily.) During the winter months, the exhibit can be found at the Baker Visitor Center’s Greenhouse (November-April, 9 am – 5 pm daily.)
The Connections Gallery gift shop is filled with merchandise where you can purchase plants, art books, home decor, jewelry, soaps, toys, and garden accessories.
The Bent Creek Bistro restaurant offers many gourmet sandwiches, salads, pizza, and beverages. Also, you have the option to sit indoor or outside and enjoy the scenery.
Hope you decide to visit this joyous, peaceful, and relaxing place.
In the afternoon, I heard a loud clunk in the log cabin. I went downstairs to investigate and caught this little one stealing a bag of potato chips. Usually, I leave snacks out for the mailman and delivery folks. During the heist, I saw the raccoon with a bag of chips in her mouth. Also, she had ripped open a bag of Fritos. So, now I learned that Lays, Fritos, and Cheetos are the raccoons’ favorite snacks. Duly noted. 🥰 👍
I just recently learned that deer are nocturnal, which means that they can see at night. It’s the primary reason they are more active after dark. They have more light-detecting cells in their eyes than humans. Also, deer are highly active during the hours just before dark. When they wake up between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, their first priority is food. Enjoy these nighttime trail camera videos!
Thirsty for some adventure? Then take the higher ground! Get your thrills quenched at Caesars Head State Park. Caesars Head is a mountain within Caesars Head State Park in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. The Summit has an elevation of 3,215 feet. The trail is well maintained and about 14 miles from Greenville S.C.
Caesars Head got its name because there are a series of steep steps that lead down a narrow passageway between two massive rocks.
Many have said that it is called Caesar’s head because the rocks resemble the profile of Julius Caesar. I agree…lol. 😅
Here are 3 Reasons to Visit Caesars Head at Caesars Head State Park
This is the perfect place for beginners and families. You can stop by the overlook to get fantastic views. Then if you are up for the challenge, there are moderate to strenuous hikes. The mountain bridge wilderness links to Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks.
From September through November thousands of migrating raptors soar upwards and hang around the rocky outcrop to conserve their energy as they migrate to their winter ranges.
Gifts, Gifts, Gifts!
Due to the large volume of visitors arriving daily, the Visitors’ Center makes sure they have a very large stock of items for sale. So, before or after your hike, visit their lovely gift shop. They have jewelry, coffee mugs, books, hiking equipment, and T-shirts. They sell fun items for dogs too.
So, consider adding this exciting destination to the top of your list when visiting South Carolina.
The black bears are back in town! Well, not exactly…Ummm…they are back visiting us at our cabin. The cute mother bear and her 2 yearlings are back from last year. She is scanning the area looking for food as she is teaching her babies how to be independent and showing them survival skills. To read more about their visit from the previous post click here.
Black Bears Visiting the Cabin May 2022
Here are 3 Fun Facts about Bears
Extremely High Intelligence Bears have been known to be one of the most intelligent land animals in North America. They have the largest and most complex brains compared to other land mammals. They rely on their memory for survival from where they last saw food 2 years ago. So, they will keep returning to the same place year after year. Some bears have surprised scientists during observation, they found that bears can use tools, count, and solve problems.
Strong Sense of Smell Black bears’ sense of smell is about seven times greater than bloodhounds. According to experts, bears have been thought to have the keenest sense of smell in the animal kingdom. A black bear’s sense of smell is up to 18 and 20 miles away. Read more about it here .
Fast Runners Bears can move fast and run to an incredible speed up to 40 mph. Their average speed is about 30-35 mph. They may look fat but they are all muscle. Read more here.
Rock, paper, scissors? Of course, I always choose rocks! There is a beauty within every single rock that can be found during a long walk in the woods. And for all the rock hounds in the house… here are the 8 precious rocks that can be found in the woods of SC. Plus, many other gemstones are waiting to be discovered.
Clear Crystal Quartz
Clear Crystal Quartz is known for brining the body back to balance. It is a crystal that amplify energy and is very restorative. Crystal quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It is silicon dioxide (SiO2). It is the most abundant crystal found at Earth’s surface, and its unique properties make it one of the most useful natural substances.
Citrine is associated with positivity and positive optimism. Citrine is a transparent variety of quartz, a member of the silicates family. Citrine comes in variety of colors from yellow, yellowish brown, and smoky gray-brown.
Smoky quartz are minerals that frequently contain inclusions of gas (carbon dioxide), liquid (often both water and carbon dioxide), or solids (rutile). In the 12th century in China, smoky quartz flat panes were used as sunglasses. Smoky quartz is used as an amplifier of positive energy, and a talisman for energy protection.
Milky quartz is any crystal quartz or cluster that is white in color, and translucent to opaque. This crystal is commonly known as the “phantom quartz” because inside the crystal has a ghostly appearance…it is a crystal within a crystal. Milky quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen…it is silicon dioxide (SiO2). Many have considered this stone to be known as a symbol of purity, along with the age of innocence.
Mica has industrial uses such as electrical engineering, glass working, lamp shades, and cosmetics like highlighters. Mica is an aluminum mineral called phyllosilicate. Mica has been used as an amulet for protection and bringing positive energy back into your life.
Amethyst is a semiprecious quartz variant with a distinctive purple color. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are hotspots for amethyst due to the soil’s high content of crystal and iron. When amethysts is heated treated, it becomes yellow like its cousin citrine. In ancient Greece, amethysts was used as drinking vessels. Amethyst is known to be a healing crystal to help alleviate stress.
Aquamarine aids in calming the mind and helps with self-expression. Aquamarine is the mineral Beryl, a Beryllium Aluminum Silicate with the chemical formula Be3Al2(Si16O18). In ancient times, sailors carried aquamarine with them to the sea, believing it would prevent them from drowning. Aquamarine is a popular stone for engagement rings. Overall, aquamarine is associated with tranquility and universal harmony. It’s connected to life in all its vitality and hope.
I fondly call this rock, the ‘zebra rock’ because the striation looks like a zebra. 🦓 🙂 Genesis is a metamorphic rock that can easily be identified by its alternating layers of minerals known as gneissic banding. It is formed by high temperature and high-pressure metamorphic processes acting on formations composed of igneous or sedimentary rocks. Some genesis contains larger crystals such as, quartz, feldspar, mica, chlorite, and other clay minerals. Genesis has been used for beautiful floor tiles, facing stone, stair treads, window sills, countertops, and cemetery monuments.
“These gems have life in them: their color speak, say what words fail of.” -George Eliot
What makes rocks so mystical?
Throughout history, many have used rocks and crystals for healing purposes.
It has helped restore comfort during stress and calmness during times of grief. I have found much comfort in my rock collection.
Here is an article from Healthline on Healing Crystals 101
Looking for a fun place to explore? Family-friendly…check! Easy hiking…check! Fun and relaxing events…check! Then Hagood Mill Historic Site is the place for you.
Hagood Mill is a water-powered gristmill from 1845 built by James Hagood. The mill is still functioning to this day! Just simply watching the beautiful waterwheel rotating gently can be calming, washing the stress away.
Hagood Water Wheel
At Hagood Mill there are adorable chickens and roosters that walk around freely greeting everyone.
Rooster from the Banjo Extravaganza Last Summer
On Saturday once a month grits, corn meal, and flour products are made. I purchased the grits and have to admit that it’s extremely delicious. So be sure to purchase a bag of corn grits at the Hagood Mill Mercantile when you stop on by. 😀👍
Last month, I was at the ECSIT first Pow Wow event. It is a lovely celebration of American Indian culture in which people from diverse indigenous nations gather for the purpose of dancing, singing, and honoring their ancestors.
And last but not least refrigerator man. Yes, you read that right…refrigerator man. He is one of the many petroglyph images discovered in 2003 at the Hagood Creek by Michael Bramlett. He was named refrigerator man because of his large blocky body. There is a museum within the area where you can enjoy a narrated light show and see the actual large boulder. The museum also has a section of Native American artifacts as well. A must visit!
Hope you stop on by and visit this wonderful historical site.
Hi Friends, Here are trail camera flashbacks. I love how all the wildlife in South Carolina co-exist and have fun! Warm Regards, Debra Roinestad 🍃