61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Outdoors

Pensacola man vies for oldest AT thru-hiker record

Mike Caetano admits he’s always been competitive. Growing up in Rhode Island, he competed in cross-country and was eventually part of a cross-country team at Rhode Island University which won the national championship.

Many years later, he has found himself feeling that old competitive urge once again, this time to become the oldest to have ever completely hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) from end-to-end in one season. In hiker parlance, such a feat is called a “thru-hike,” a worthy accomplishment even for a young person. Caetano is 88.

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Mention the Chattooga River to any southern paddler and you’ll probably get a knowing smile, along with some tales of harrowing whitewater runs through features with ominous names like “Eye-of- Needle” and “Deadman’s Pool.”

But the Chattooga is not just about hairy whitewater and Class V drops. The river has a milder side, one perfect for canoeing and camping. This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to this kinder, gentler side of the Chattooga.

On April 13, Headwaters will launch up to 12 canoes at the Warwoman Bridge in Section I of the Chattooga and float roughly 11 miles over two days, camping in a forested site roughly halfway through Section II.

 

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The Macon Soil and Water Conservation District recently announced the winners of its annual poster contest. This year’s theme was "Water ...The Cycle of Life."

Pictured are the winners for Cartoogechaye School: Preston Rogers, Honorable Mention; Ezri Villiard, 2nd Place; Emily Black, 3rd Place; Brittany Ortega, Honorable Mention; Miguel Alvarez Chavez, Honorable Mention and Heather Swanson, Honorable Mention.

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“The Wanderlust has got me ... by the bellyaching fire!”

In an extraordinary and inspiring talk at a small meeting of the Nantahala Hiking Club last Friday, hiker-poet Nimblewill Nomad proclaimed his own “wanderlust” by quoting the above lines from a poem of the same name by the late naturalist poet, Robert Service.

Having backpacked over 40,000 miles of the nation's scenic trails, Nomad, a.k.a Ed Eberhart (Nimblewill Nomad is his “trail name”), is somewhat the authority on wanderlust. Passing through Franklin while on yet another section hike of the Appalachian Trail, Nomad's talk at the Macon County Library was a wild journey in itself – from the downright practical (hiking shoes and camp stoves) to the philosophical and metaphysical (the meaning of life!).

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