Jimmy

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
Rusty old GMC bucket truck

‘Merica! A rusted old GMC bucket truck up on the farm in Hartsville, SC. Good as she ever was…

They’re just good ol’ boys…

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

Nope, this isn’t the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. That was a ’69 Dodge Challenger. This is bigger and better – a ’67 Plymouth Road Runner. As muscle cars go, it’s the real king of the hill (err… cornfield!). And this one is real, sitting on a farm up in South Carolina. What a beauty!

A 1967 red and black Plymouth Road Runner

Willy Wonka’s Cane Sugar Syrup Factory in Middendorf, SC

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

The Blizzard Branch Syrup company in Middendorf, South Carolina makes pure cane sugar syrup using fresh cut sugar cane and a hand press. Sugar cane goes in. Sweet stuff comes out. Then it’s off to be strained boiled and strained again. Willy Wonka has nothing on these guys! I’m pretty sure this is where they recorded the sound effects for that movie, anyway. This is a great example of sustainable farming and agritourism. Interesting stuff! We had a good time romping around up there while visiting family in Hartsville, SC over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Windmill

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
windmill-south carolina

A windmill sitting high above the land in farm country in Middendorf, SC

Gimme Some Sugar

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
fresh cut sugar cane

Fresh cut sugar cane just before it is fed into a press on its way to becoming syrup.

Pure

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
Blizzard Branch Syrup Company SC

The Blizzard Branch Syrup Company in Middendorf, SC makes pure cane sugar syrup by hand.

One of a few shots from our family’s annual trek up to Hartsville, South Carolina at Thanksgiving. This is from the nearby Blizzard Branch farm where they make pure cane sugar syrup, yellow corn grits and blueberry wine by traditional methods. Fascinating, beautiful and delicious.!

Hurricane Maria, Guana River State Park

25 Dec
December 25, 2017

A few interesting GoPro shots from the Hurricane Maria swell earlier this year. I’m not sure if you would call this “stuffing in” or “getting stuffed”. At the very least, you can’t call it barrel-dodging!

The capability of the GoPros (in this case, a 4 Black), never cease to amaze me. In the first shot, you can clearly see seaweed flying past my face inside the wave.

Between Irma and Maria, our beaches were packed with all kinds of debris, making surfing sketchy at times. Even after larger debris like pylons, branches, 2×4’s, etc. had cleared, there was still quite a bit of vegetation in the line-ups for weeks following each storm.

These shots were two days after the peak swell size for Maria, but were the peak for overall size + quality.

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Navua River Rafting, Fiji

05 Feb
February 5, 2017
Navua River gorges

The gorges of the upper Navua River in the interior of Viti Levu, Fiji. This place was like the land that time forgot. I kept waiting for a T. Rex to pop up around every corner!

Tall Cold One

22 Jan
January 22, 2017
Guana-Surf

A few good-sized waves last weekend, this one from inside Guana State Park. 

Fijian Lullaby

22 Jan
January 22, 2017
Fiji-at-night

A frame grab from a Go-Pro time-lapse of nightfall in Fiji that I made last year.

Livin’ in the City by the Dead 27’s

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

 

Here’s one more unplugged acoustic cover from the Dead 27’s. This one is Stevie Wonder’s ’74 classic, “Livin’ in the City”. Again, you can’t really even try to tackle a song like this one on unless you’ve got a lot of soul in you. These guys do.

Little Red Corvette by Dead 27s

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

 

Here’s a couple of more great tunes for you! If you want to catch a fantastic up-and-coming band, check out the Dead 27s (named for all of the famous musicians who died at age 27 including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, among others). They’re based out of Charleston, SC where they recently won Rock Band of the Year and Best Rock Song for the area. Their sound is a mix of rock, funk and soul. They’ve put out a couple of albums, the most recent being Ghosts Are Calling, which represents their first major record deal. They’ll be touring to support that album this year.

Will Evans, their lead guitarist, keyboardist and harmony vocalist is a great guy who is marrying my wife’s cousin, Amanda. We get to see both of them up on the Chapman family farm in Hartsville, SC each year, which I’ve written about here before. I’m excited for both of them. I’m sure 2017 is going to be an epic year for Will and Amanda in many ways!

The Dead 27s have an active Facebook page where they regularly post unplugged acoustic music videos. I’m going to post a couple of their fantastic covers. Here’s Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” which they performed as a tribute shortly after the Purple One’s passing. This is Will and lead singer, Trey Francis. I don’t know too many people who could pull this song off. You’ve just got to have a lot of soul to be able to do it. These guys have got it! I’ll post one more after this showcasing the entire band tackling Stevie Wonder. It’s also pretty amamzing! Enjoy, and make sure to check ’em out!

I Need Never Get Old

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

So, I haven’t posted any new music in a very long time… Here’s one: “I Need Never Get Old” by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I think I may need to make it my theme song for this year… : ) I was excited to get tickets to catch Nate and the Night Sweats at the St. Augustine Amphitheater this Spring (April 24th, I believe). I stumbled upon these guys watching “Later with Jools Holland”. These guys are fantastic! They rock hard, have some really interesting, different tunes and a lot of soul. They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously (they seem amazingly humble), even though they are very serious musicians, indeed. This song makes me want to either pick up my guitar or dance! Infectious stuff! I dig the horns. They bring to mind a lot of old ska bands from back in the day!

Fun with Fire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Fun with Fire

Thanksgiving Bonfire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
bonfire

Nothing’s better than a good bonfire! Just ask these kids!

A peek at the fun from our recent annual trip up to farm country in Hartsville, SC at Thanksgiving! Roasting hot dogs on a stick and making s’mores is always on the agenda here. Good times!

Coming in Fast

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Zipline Judo Kick

Smoky Mountain Range

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Range

The Appalachians, starting to show their colors in Fall.

The Zoo Crew

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
zipliners

Good times with this daring crew of ladies, who are always up for some new form of adventure (in this case, ziplining through the Appalachians near Lake Lure, NC)!

Rushing Water

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Appalacian-mountain-stream

One more nice one of an Appalachian stream along the North Carolina / Tennessee border

Smoky Mountain Stream

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Stream

Gotta love the serene beauty of a Smoky Mountain stream…

Resting Place

03 Dec
December 3, 2016
smokey-mountains-rob

This beautiful stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain.

I recently took a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my brother Rob’s wife and daughters, her parents, and my own, to release some of my brother’s ashes into the Appalachians, up there. His 18-year-old daughter, Madison, found this perfect spot. This stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain. Fortunately, we made it up there just a few weeks before the deadly wildfires of this past week.

Rob, myself and our family used to travel up here every Christmas, to romp around around in the snow, hike the trails and go skiing. Like all of us, Rob loved it, and while his soul is with the Lord, I know he’d sure be happy with the returning of the ashes of his body to the earth, right here in this beautiful, peaceful setting that held so many great memories for our family. Rest in Peace, Rob. We love you, and will never forget you.

 

 

Trekkin’

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

PCH MOVIE

Whitewater Aftermath!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater Rafting Fun

The aftermath of our whitewater fun- frozen fits and giggles! Biggest waves I caught all summer, in a river in Cali!

Going… Going… Gone!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater Rafting, American River, Coloma , CA

“The brochure said Class III, I swear!!! Sorry girls!” : )

American River Fun

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
American River whitewater rafting

Kaelyn almost got tossed!

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