first_imgZip down the gorge. You’ve probably seen it on a reality show before: people strapping themselves into a harness and zooming across landscapes. Try it yourself at Gravity Zip Lines in Lansing. Guided by the pros, soar across 1.5 miles of Mountain State beauty at 200 feet above the ground. Snowshoe Mountain: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office When they named the Gauley the “Beast of the East,” they weren’t kidding. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you think you’re ready, there is no better whitewater adventure in the world during Gauley Season. In just 24 miles, you’ll pound through more than 100 rapids in an all-day Gauley Marathon. The Gauley season runs from mid-September to mid-October. In 2018, Governor Jim Justice made Gauley Season an official fifth season in West Virginia. Snowshoe Mountain: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office You can hike on the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia via the footbridge that crosses the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry. While only 4 miles of the Appalachian Trail lie in West Virginia proper, you’ll experience a wide variety of terrain that will prepare you to thru-hike Georgia to Maine. Heavenly vistas and mountain views Gauley: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Located 13 miles outside of Morgantown, Coopers Rock is one of the West Virginia’s most popular travel destinations. The forest’s trails lead you out to several overlooks that offer beautiful views of the Cheat River Canyon. Go at sunset and watch the sun dip below the mountains and paint the sky deep purple, pink and blue. You’ll never want to leave. Take a trip back to an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Catch a ride on Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s 4.5-hour train ride to the overlook at Bald Knob, the third highest point in West Virginia. From there, you’ll have plenty of breathtaking views and amazing photos. Spruce Knob: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office At the tip of the Eastern Panhandle where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you can capture the famous panoramic view of Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights, the highest mountain overlooking the historic town. Snowshoe Mountain: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Spruce Knob in Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is the highest point in the Mountain State, standing at 4,863 feet above sea level. One thing that’s great about the view from Spruce Knob is how accessible it is. Hike 14 miles from the base to the summit for a longer hike, or just drive to the top. Head up to the parking lot, and it’s just a quick 0.25-mile jaunt to the observation point. Walk just about 1⁄3 of a mile across level terrain on Lindy Point overlook trail in Blackwater Falls State Park for a massive payoff— the view of Blackwater Canyon below you. Whether you’re hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter, surrounded by rock formations and looking over a canyon that seems endless, the overlook at Lindy Point creates an experience that’s filled with the magical, nature-filled solitude that West Virginia is known for. Gravity Zip Lines in Lansing: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Check out the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower at Seneca State Forest. The 65-foot tower provides 360-degree views of lush forestland. Pictures of the lofty tower as well as the views from its balcony will surely spark comments of curiosity and delight. Nearly 50 state parks and forests. Outdoor adventure of all kinds can be found all over the state, from hiking trails and climbing rocks.Longest single-span steel-arch bridge in the Americas. Just outside Fayetteville, the New River Gorge Bridge stands at almost 900 feet high and nearly ¾ of a mile long.Underground 400-million-year-old ocean. Ultimately shifted by geological forces and driven underground, the Iapetus Ocean lies underneath the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains.World’s first public spa. Opened in Berkeley Springs in 1756 and became one of George Washington’s favorite spots. You can still take a dip in the same healing mineral waters today! Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Every year on June 20th, the Mountain State celebrates a very special day – its birthday! This year West Virginia is turning 156 years old. How much do you know about the east coast’s best-kept secret? If you’re nervous, don’t be. They start small with 500-foot warm up runs, so get your bearings straight before you tackle the longer tracks and increase speed to around 60 miles per hour. The cherry on top is AdrenaLine, the longest zipline on the East Coast. center_img And so much more! Canaan Valley: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office New River Bridge at sunset Scenery Seneca Rocks: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office “Via Ferrata” is Italian for “by way of iron,”’ and the Via Ferrata at NROCKS is a mile-long guided climb with fixed anchors along double-fin rocks in the Appalachian Mountains. Once you start, you are always clipped into a safety system. Just be ready for a short hike before taking on the first of several rock faces. Downhill skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in West Virginia. The Mountain State is packed with some of the best ski resorts in the mid-Atlantic. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is a snowsports mecca, with a summit of 4,848 feet and an average of a whopping 180 inches of snowfall per year! A good place for beginners is Oglebay Resort or night ski at Winterplace. This complex of limestone passages in Organ Cave is huge– more than 45 miles of mapped passages, with an additional 200 “leads” of passages that haven’t been mapped or surveyed yet. It’s the second most extensive commercially tourable cave in the East. For a truly wild, wonderful adventure, venture to NROCKS Outdoor Adventures just down the road from Seneca Rocks in Circleville. While you’re there, climb the Via Ferrata, a unique form of rock climbing perfect if you want something different and exciting— and you don’t need any climbing experience. The New River Gorge Bridge just outside Fayetteville is almost 900 feet high, and nearly 3⁄4 of a mile long– making it the longest single-span steel-arch bridge in the Americas. You can walk under this iconic bridge year-round with Bridge Walk. These guided trips safely secure you to tethers and harnesses, so you can stroll across the catwalk underneath the bridge. West Virginia adventures Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism OfficePhoto Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Join adventure seekers from across the country – and around the world as the Spartan Race returns to West Virginia this year! Held at world-renowned Summit Bechtel Reserve, it’s an event for adventure seekers, friendly competitors, and even kids! Plan your trip to West Virginia and experience our state’s scenic Capital City of Charleston and famous whitewater country found in the southern mountains of West Virginia. Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s Hickory Dining Room offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with traditional holiday buffets. The dining room’s glass walls present a panoramic view of the valley 3,200 feet above sea level in the Potomac Highlands. Surrounding mountains, including the scenic Bald Knob overlook, extend upward an additional 1,000 feet. Organ Cave: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office A fisherman’s dream, West Virginia is home to arguably the best public lands for fishing. From fly fishing to our famous trout, there’s plenty to reel in from our 20,000+ miles of streams and 100+ fishing lakes. Whether you’re an expert angler or on a family fly fishing trip, Almost Heaven has something for everyone. Spartan Race: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office Gauley: Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Tourism Office West Virginia is home to… When you’re at Snowshoe Mountain everywhere you look is an incredible view whether covered in snow or lush greenery. Snowshoe covers 11,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountain Range and includes the second highest point in the state at 4,848’ elevation so you know you’re about to be treated to some stunning views. From charming views of the Village at Snowshoe to incredible views while your skiing or snowboarding down the mountain there’s never a dull moment at this mountain resort. In the summer, visit Shavers Lake, Snowshoe’s best-kept secret or hit the trails via horseback over 11,000 acres of unspoiled, gorgeous Appalachian wilderness. last_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Angie Messer, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, has joined Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. She is joined by Greg Rust, financial advisor. Their practice is located at 107 S. Broadway Street in Greensburg.“In joining Ameriprise, we look forward to treating our clients to innovative financial planning and investment resources, more advanced technology, and a better all-around customer service experience,” said Angie Messer. “Our clients consist of families and individuals, as well as  business owners and nonprofits, We provide investment advice and comprehensive planning for asset protection, retirement, estate arrangements for their families and much more.”Greg Rust noted, “Ameriprise brings us deep resources in the planning and investing world.  A notable feature is a competitive cost structure and a user-friendly online platform for account tracking and stock trading.  We are excited to partner with Ameriprise in this service.”Messer graduated from Earlham College with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and the College for Financial Planning.  She has 11 years of experience in the financial services industry.Rust graduated from Notre Dame University with a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Letters.  He has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry.As financial advisors, Messer and Rust provide financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations as provided in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact Angie Messer or Greg Rust at (812) 222-1930 or visit the practice’s website at ameripriseadvisors.com/angie.messer or ameripriseadvisors.com/greg.rustlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Listed as a 6-foot-5 small forward, Owens will compete for playing time under the same coach who helped shape his father into a top NBA prospect. A former SU All-American and Big East conference player of the year, Billy Owens was selected No. 3 overall in the 1991 draft after averaging 17.9 points per game across three seasons with Syracuse. He tallied 1,840 collegiate points, and went on to play 10 seasons with six different NBA teams. Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address *center_img Published on September 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Three decades after his father starred for Syracuse, Chaz Owens, the son of Billy Owens, will join Syracuse’s roster for the 2020-21 season, the program announced. Owens is expected to be on scholarship, which would be the final opening on SU’s current roster and make him the second son of a program alumnus currently on scholarship, according to Syracuse.com.Owens, who most recently spent a postgraduate year with Pennsylvania’s Scotland Campus, averaged 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior with The Shipley School in 2018-19. He helped the Gators advance to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Hill School. In the loss, Owens led The Shipley School with 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.Earlier that season, Owens had separate games where he tallied 20 points and 20 rebounds, respectively, while the Gators finished 21-6. He spent his first two high school seasons at Wissahickon High School (Pennsylvania) where he became a consistent rotation player and scored a season-high 30 points. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A government shutdown and extremely cold conditions couldn’t stop the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival from taking place this year.“Overall we were thrilled,” said Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Director Katie Wolf. “On one hand, we had a different location then we had planned, and then, we had below zero temperatures.”Attendance for the festival couldn’t top last year, but certain events exceeded expectations. The highest-attended event at the festival was the student film competition on Saturday.“We had people lined up in the hallways, and we probably would not have been able to accommodate as many people if we weren’t at Alpena Community College because we had so many people attend that evening, ” said Wolf.Last year, only 14 students submitted films. This year the festival received 49 submissions. Hundreds packed into to watch students showcase their creations. Students came in from all over the state to watch their films on the big screen.Morning and early afternoon showings were the slowest. Wolf attributes the low attendance to the cold conditions. Evening showings were well attended. Close to 400 tickets were purchased in total. This includes “Thunder Passes” which were all-access passes that got film-fanatics into every showing.Film festival on the road also exceeded expectations despite the cancellation at Alcona Community Schools due to weather.  Around 100 people watched films at the Rogers City Theater on Thursday night.This year also featured the most filmmakers in attendance. The film fest had 10 movie-makers share their work with the community.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, Alcona Community Schools, alpena, alpena community college, Films, Government Shutdown, Rogers City Theater, Student Film Festival, Thunder Bay International Film FestivalContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, February 1Next Real Estate One of Alpena hosts murder mystery dinner to raise funds for Special Olympicslast_img read more