Summer’s Not Over: Add These Swimming Holes to Your List

first_imgSliding Rock- Pisgah NationalForest, North Carolina (60-foot slide) Kinlock Falls– Grayson, Alabama (.3 miles) Easiest Hikes: KinlockFalls in William B. Bankhead National Forest may be fairly heavily traffickedby swimmers, but don’t let that deter you. This beautiful natural waterslideleads into a deep pool that has low ledges for jumping and a rope swing. Ifyou continue down the trail another .8 miles to the bottom of the falls, theview is incredible. Two separate waterfalls plunge to the pool at the bottom,which is a perfect place to take a break and swim. All Day Affairs: Emerald Pond- Massanutten, Virginia(8-Mile Hike) Photo by MaryGrace Morrow-Johnson South River Falls– Stanardsville, Virginia (83 feet tall, 4.4-mile loop hike) Howard’s Creek at John Holder Trail, Ky. Photo by Ravi Shah Photography, @_shahravi TheJohn Holder Trail has it all: a waterfall, a swimming hole, and the remains ofa historic plantation home and cabins. This popular day hike is perfect forfamilies as it isn’t too difficult but has enough interesting scenery to keepkids engaged. To access the falls, follow the John Holder trail until you crossHoward’s Creek. When you come to the split in the trail, head right to accessthe swimming hole. Go a little further past the hole and you will reach thefalls, which also have a large swimming hole at their base. This natural water slide has become sopopular that you can even find it on Google Maps. The actual slide is a mere .5mile from Wilderness Voyageurs, a family-run outdoor adventure guide inOhiopyle State Park. Amap of the trail or written directions, which are both available online athikingupward.com, are definitely recommended as the route to the pond can be alittle confusing and requires a couple trail changes. Photo by C.S. (Shawn) Miller, @csm777 If you’re looking for more of a hike, youcan start at Cucumber Falls which is the main trail head. Once you get on thistrail, the waterslide is located 2.8 miles from the slide. The slide itself is 100-feet long andrelatively calm, but can it become choppier at higher water levels. During thesummer, the speed and aggression of the slide are perfect for all ages. Theslide carves the sandstone rock and spits you out into a swimming hole at thebottom. Hungryafter an afternoon of hiking and swimming? The trail to Howard’s Creek swimminghole and falls is conveniently located right next to Hall’s On The River, ariverside eatery that is popular with locals. Warning- no dogs are allowed onthis trail! Pauls Creek Waterslide- Wintergreen,Virginia (1.2 Miles Out/Back) Meadow Run- Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania (100-foot slide)center_img With summer halfway over, there’s still time to check off all the unmarked boxes on your bucket list. With the help of our swimming hole guide, you can explore a handful of water-filled adventures across the Blue Ridge! Theswimming hole is located 40 miles from downtown Asheville in Pisgah National Forest.Additionally, it is minutes away from other swimming holes and trails off ofthe Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway including Looking Glass Hike andFalls. This allows for a day full of fun adventures. SlidingRock is not your average swimming hole. This North Carolina attraction is a60-foot natural slip and slide into 7-foot deep pool. Though there is anadmission fee of $2 per person, the experience makes it absolutely worth it.The swimming hole and water slide have lifeguards on duty year-round duringdaylight hours, ensuring the safety of young children. Best Natural Water Slide: Thishike is moderate in difficulty, lasting roughly 2 hours depending on how muchtime you spend at the waterfall. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah NationalPark, this trail gradually descends for most of the hike and can be rocky attimes. The overlook lies 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Thefalls and swimming hole are located less than half a mile from the park road,making them easily accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. Justdrive down Kinlock Road until it turns into a gravel road, then park rightbefore the bridge. Most sites recommend life jackets for kids, since the poolcan be deeper than it appears and has invisible currents at times. As always,check the water to make sure it is safe before using the swing or jumping! Best Waterfalls: Foundin the Nantahala National Forest, this hike is perfect for young children,families, and even pets. You’ll find the trailhead right off US 64-N. After amere .3 miles and 88 feet of elevation gain, you will reach the waterfall. DryFalls cascades onto an extended rock that forms multiple streams. Once youreach the falls, the trail loops around the back, allowing you to standunderneath its shower. Thewaterslides at Paul’s Creek are much more pleasant during periods after a lotof rain. Try to avoid hiking this trail during dry spells because the waterslides will be less slippery and the pools will be shallower, making for a lesscomfortable sliding experience. Also, as always, be careful not to slip on theslick, moss-covered rocks around the falls. Thisshort hike is a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon in Nelson County, Virginia.The trail leads to a series of waterfalls that have carved smooth natural waterslides out of the rocks and end in pools deep enough to cushion your landing.Either hit it to cool off after exploring the nearby Crawford’s Knob area orbring a lunch and some towels and hang by the creek for the whole day. Kids andadults alike will love sliding down the falls into the refreshing pools. Dry Falls- Highlands, North Carolina(75 feet tall, .3-mile hike) Althoughthe eight-mile hike to Emerald Pond is long, the Bird Knob trail isn’t toostrenuous, making for a fairly leisurely all-day excursion. The first mile anda half is a little steep, but after that, the trail flattens out and offers twodramatic overlooks. Photo by Emily Haverkamp Thisswimming hole and waterfall is one of Georgia’s top hiking destinations. Thetrail itself actually begins in Tennessee at the Beech Bottom trailhead butthen descends through the Georgia border .25 miles into the hike. Once reachingthe trails highest elevation at 2.3 miles, you can begin to hear the roaringsound of the falls approaching. At 4.5 miles, you reach the upper cascades ofthe waterfall and the trail descends adjacent to the falls until you reach itsbase. At the bottom of the fall sits a beautiful swimming hole, which isperfect for cooling off after the long hike. The trail retraces its steps andreaches the trailhead at 9 miles, making it a moderately difficult hike. Howard’s Creek- Lexington, Kentucky(2.5 miles) Thehole’s shockingly blue-green water lives up to the name “Emerald Pond.” It isspring fed and extremely clear with a rocky bottom, perfect for taking a swimafter the long hike up. Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water so you can takeyour time enjoying the pool. Jack River Falls- Blue Ridge,Georgia (80 feet tall, 9-mile loop hike) last_img read more

Super Rugby AU opens with a whimper rather than a bang

first_imgThe return of Western Force and a slew of rule changes to speed up play had raised hopes that Super Rugby AU might deliver entertainment for fans but Australia’s domestic tournament has already been panned by critics after two rounds.Following an error-strewn win over the New South Wales Waratahs in week one, the Queensland Reds drew 18-18 with the Melbourne Rebels at Sydney’s Brookvale Oval on Friday, a match roundly condemned by media pundits for a low standard of play.Even Fox Sports’ Greg Clark, who as a commentator for the rights-holding broadcaster has some interest in talking up the game, dismissed much of the clash as a “borefest”. It was another match that fell short of the standards produced in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, which has seen fans flock to stadiums.Super Rugby AU’s opening round ratings on pay TV platform Foxtel underlined the challenge RA faces to negotiate a new rights deal after 2020, with the Queensland-NSW clash drawing barely a quarter of the viewers generated by Australian Rules and rugby league games on the same weekend.”We want television executives to be entertained … so there is a chance Super Rugby has a future,” The Australian’s Wally Mason wrote in an editorial.”Sadly, the snooze-fests being served up in Super Rugby AU at the moment are doing none of that.”Topics : It produced the first use of the new “Super time” rule, in which the first team to score in extra time wins, yet neither side grabbed the opportunity.”It was a case of no one wanting to lose,” Rebels playmaker Matt Toomua conceded.”If a draw is like kissing your sister, then a draw after extra time is like giving her a French kiss. It’s much worse.”The return of the Force on Saturday, three years after being axed from Super Rugby, was emotional for the fans but ultimately disappointing as they went down 23-14 to the Waratahs.last_img read more

Palmer amaranth update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Palmer amaranth has to date been found in about 11 Ohio counties.  Infestations within a county can range from one or more fields or other areas with just a few plants or patches of plants, to the presence of one or more fields with dense populations.There isn’t any real pattern to the distribution of counties where Palmer has been found.  Palmer seed has entered the state via contaminated CREP or wildlife seed that comes from farther west, and via the cotton feed products that are shipped from the south and used in animal operations.  The latter has been the source of our most recent and most severe infestations that occurred in 2015 in northeastern Ohio.  While some animal operations are aware of this problem and have stopped using these types of feed products, it’s likely that many other operations or feed dealers have not received information about this issue or modified their practices.The current Palmer amaranth situation is summarized in a brief video and presentation that can be found on the OSU weed science website — http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds.   We have also posted several fact sheets there that summarize the Palmer problem and current distribution, and provide tools for pigweed identification.last_img read more

Brazil take on Croatia in World Cup opener amid defensive woes

first_imgBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defenceBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defence.Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spent part of the team’s training session on Monday making adjustments to the defensive setup, stopping practice several times to reposition players until he was satisfied.Although Brazil didn’t concede a goal in its two warm-up matches before the World Cup, Scolari said he was not completely satisfied with how his squad played defensively. He didn’t even like how the team practiced at times, and publicly said his players were giving up too much space for counter-attacks.One of the coach’s main goals in the last week of preparations was to make sure the team ready defensively in time for the opener against Croatia on Thursday.”We know that if we don’t concede goals, our chances to win matches increase, because we know the kind of talent we have in attack,” Scolari said. “It’s important we are well prepared on defense so we are not caught by surprise.”Right back Daniel Alves acknowledged that Brazil’s defence isn’t perfect, but said the team is working to improve before the opener.When told that Croatia striker Ivica Olic said he saw spaces in Brazil’s defence during the warm-up matches, Alves acknowledged that adjustments still have to be made.”Obviously, if we didn’t make mistakes, we would be a perfect team, and that’s not possible,” the Barcelona defender said. “If Olic saw spaces, then we have to make sure we fix that so he can’t find them anymore.”advertisementThe last time Brazil conceded a goal was in a 2-1 win over Chile in a friendly last November. Brazil beat Panama 4-0 and Serbia 1-0 last week in the last two matches before for the opening match in Sao Paulo.”Physically we are ready, but tactically we still have to adjust a few things,” Scolari said.The coach’s other main focus during Monday’s training was on set pieces – another area where he said Brazil still needs to improve.There was a scare in the session when Neymar twisted his right ankle. He was on the ground in pain and needed to be attended to by doctors, but was able to finish the training session normally.Brazil is expected to practice again at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday before traveling to Sao Paulo later in the day for the opener.last_img read more

Buckeyes Fans Walked 19 Miles To Spell Out ‘Script Ohio’ On Google Maps

first_imgBuckeye fans spell out "Ohio" on their walk as seen on Google maps.Script Ohio Walk Buckeyes FootballOhio State fans may have seen their college football team win the national championship last year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t hungry for more this year. One group of Buckeyes supporters is apparently so excited for the upcoming season, they walked 19 miles to prove it.The Ohio State fans, according to a Reddit user named @orweezy, walked for six and a half hours to spell out ‘script Ohio’ on Google Maps. They finished at Ohio Stadium, effectively “dotting the i.” Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman tipped us off to the photo.Script Ohio WalkCreative, for sure. If you’re wondering, they plan on biking it next year instead – for obvious reasons.last_img

Halifax urged to tread carefully on complex rethink of Cornwallis

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax council will embark on the delicate task of choosing the people who will rethink how the city honours its founder, a difficult process that will attempt to disentangle Edward Cornwallis’s actions from his historical context.Amid mounting calls to topple the city’s Cornwallis statue and strike his name from municipal land, a municipal staff report warns that the expert panel could lose credibility if its members appear to have too strong a bias or insufficient credibility.“There is a risk that some community members will question the validity of the panel,” the staff report issued ahead of Tuesday’s regional council meeting said.The proposed panellists, which the staff report said carefully balances experts and community members with a range of backgrounds, will be discussed by councillors behind closed doors before being publicly announced.Debate has raged across Nova Scotia as calls to change the names of places and landmarks — such as Cornwallis River in the Annapolis Valley or Cornwallis Street in Halifax — grow louder.Yet nothing has generated quite the same level of controversy as a statue of Cornwallis in downtown Halifax.The city briefly covered up the bronze figure this summer as protesters converged on the statue with calls to knock it down.For some, Halifax’s founder may be the product of a bygone era, but he still played an important role establishing the city and serving as governor of Nova Scotia.He still deserves to be commemorated, they argue, and removing the statue or changing the name of streets and parks is akin to “rewriting history.”But to others, Cornwallis is a symbol of colonial oppression, a savage man who issued a scalping proclamation against Mi’kmaq people and unleashed death and destruction on Indigenous inhabitants.His barbaric extermination campaign should be in history books, they say, not celebrated with a heroic monument in a city park.“The question of the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis … is tied to deep, intractable questions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations and history,” the municipal staff report said. “The panel cannot reasonably be expected to resolve such questions but, it is hoped will exercise a process that helps advance the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons in the Halifax region.”Council had voted in April for the staff report on examining the use of Cornwallis’s name on city property.Halifax is not alone in its attempt to reconcile opposing, and often heated, views on how to commemorate disgraced historical leaders.South of the border, several cities are grappling with ways to remove or diminish the prominence of Confederate monuments.Some monuments have been removed in the dead of night to avoid conflict. Interpretive panels have been added alongside other monuments to provide context, while others have been moved to museums or Confederate cemeteries.Montreal, meanwhile, is renaming a street named after British general Jeffery Amherst, who wanted to ‘exterminate’ Indigenous people by giving them smallpox-laced blankets, and Ottawa is changing the name of a building due to Sir Hector-Louis Langevin’s association with the residential school system.These examples “underscore the complexity and challenge of responding to questions of commemoration,” the staff report said.The expert panel to examine the commemoration of Cornwallis comes two years after council adopted a statement of reconciliation, which committed to ensuring the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people are included in the city.Once the expert panel is chosen and council endorses the terms of references set out by municipal staff, the special advisory committee will be asked to deliberate first on the commemoration of Cornwallis in the city. The panel will then be asked to investigate the broader question of commemorating Indigenous history.last_img read more

Plane crash in Belgium kills 11

first_imgBRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.last_img

Was Aaron Rodgers Trying To Game The Coin Flip

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 19, 2016), ESPN writer Bill Barnwell joins us as we look at whether Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were cheated out of their NFL playoff game by the flip of a coin. We ask FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh whether sabermetrics is making baseball coaches smarter. And we explore the brilliance of Australian college basketball player Ben Simmons. Plus, a Significant Digit on 17-year-old soccer star Mallory Pugh.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Bill Barnwell on Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s hyper-conservative decision not to go for 2 points.An academic study on gaming the coin flip.Ben Lindbergh on how sabermetrics is making baseball coaches better.Significant Digit: 17. That’s the age of Mallory Pugh, the youngest woman ever to gain a professional soccer contract in the U.S.So, how good is Ben Simmons? Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Wolverines freeze out Buckeyes 41 in Frozen Diamond Faceoff

CLEVELAND — It was unlike any game they had ever played, and an experience that they may never forget, but as the final horn sounded Sunday, the Ohio State men’s hockey team left the ice disappointed after arguably one of its worst performances of the 2011-12 season. The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes fell to No. 15-ranked Michigan, 4-1, in the state of Ohio’s first outdoor college hockey game, the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff,” in front of 25,864 fans at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Michigan got goals from four different players and senior goalie Shawn Hunwick made 31 saves as the Wolverines swept a two-game set from OSU after defeating the Buckeyes, 4-0, on Friday. The Wolverines had their way with OSU from the start, outshooting the Buckeyes, 16-11, and scoring twice in the opening period. Junior forward Chris Brown put Michigan on the board first with a five-hole goal past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter at 7:31 in the first period. Brown found the puck on a rebound after a Wolverine’s shot bounced off Heeter. The Buckeyes looked like they would tie the game minutes later when senior forward Cory Schneider’s shot flew past Michigan senior goalie Shawn Hunwick, but the puck clapped against the post of Hunwick’s goal. The shot was the closest OSU came to scoring in the first period. The Wolverines scored again with a goal from freshman forward Alex Guptill, who tallied after Brown dropped the puck to him in the left circle at 13:33 in the first. OSU trailed, 2-0, after 20 minutes, but came out strong in the second period. Sophomore forward Chris Crane scored his team-high 13th goal of the season 50 seconds into the middle stanza. OSU freshman forward Max McCormick slid the puck to Crane in front of the crease, and Crane found the back of the net. The strong play by the Buckeyes didn’t last. Michigan added to its 2-1 lead with two goals in a 28-second span in the middle of the second period. OSU had a costly turnover in its defensive zone, and Wolverine sophomore forward Derek Deblois made the Buckeyes pay with a goal at 9:47 in the second following the change in possession. Just 28 seconds later, Michigan senior center David Wohlberg drove the Buckeyes’ net, slipped the puck past Heeter, and the Wolverines led, 4-1. After the Wolverines’ fourth goal, Osiecki replaced Heeter, whose .932 save percentage coming into Sunday’s contest ranked fifth in the nation, with junior goalie Brady Hjelle. Michigan failed to score with Hjelle in net, but the Wolverines’ defense continued to stifle the Buckeyes and OSU went on to lose, 4-1. OSU dropped to 14-6-3, 10-5-3-1 in the CCHA. The Buckeyes, who had a seven-point lead in the conference before the weekend, now have just a one-point advantage over second-place Western Michigan. Michigan improved to 14-8-4, 8-6-4-1 in the CCHA. The Wolverines are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak and sit alone in third place in the conference. The Buckeyes will take the ice again for a two-game series against No.13-ranked Ferris State, starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Columbus. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball ready for homestand against Indiana and Purdue

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerA change in mindset might alter the fortunes of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team this weekend.After dropping eight straight Big Ten matches, junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said the Buckeyes have a new focus point going into their next match.“This new thing we want to do is (win) five points at a time, so five sets of five in each game,” she said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the new outlook can help keep the team from looking too far ahead.“Kind of keeping the game in sight, not thinking about 25 (the number of points needed to win a set) automatically,” she said. “Thinking about first to five, first to 10 (instead).”OSU is scheduled to embrace this new philosophy as the team returns to St. John Arena this weekend to host Indiana at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming No. 14 Purdue at the same time Saturday.The Hoosiers are one of only two Big Ten teams OSU has bested this season, along with Michigan, and also represent the Buckeyes’ most recent Big Ten victory.Since beating Indiana in five sets Oct. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., OSU has not won a match. Most recently, the Buckeyes lost to then-No. 14 Michigan State Nov. 1, before dropping a 3-2 decision at No. 17 Michigan Nov. 2.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, who tallied a career-high 31 kills against the Wolverines, said there are still positives to take from the loss.“There’s a lot we can take from that game, I think we played really well,” she said. “We battled the whole game.”Leary said the team is getting close to a breakthrough.“Our team played well, so we’re getting closer to that win that we need,” she said. “(We’ll) just work really hard this week to get that ‘W’ this weekend.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin agreed there can be positives taken from the losses in Michigan, but added there is room for growth going forward.“We just keep growing as a team and keep staying together and fighting on the court with each other,” she said.Winner said she is excited to be back on the Buckeyes’ home court, especially coming off another road trip.“It’ll feel really good, since we were away last weekend and we need to get a win,” she said. “Having our fans behind us will be great. It’ll be nice to be back here and not have to travel.”While the team will have the home support for its matches against Indiana and Purdue, the homestand will be short-lived. The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road again next weekend for matches against No. 9 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 15 and No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Nov. 17. read more