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Remembering 9/11, America United

This 15th year since 9/11, thousands of us gathered in cities across America to honor the fallen and share stories of 9/11. We thanked firemen and police officers and military members for their service, and their sacrifice, and we all left more inspired to serve something greater than ourselves, no matter our profession. “When people …

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A Challenge in Sir Walter Raleigh’s Namesake, North Carolina

“Let us dispatch,” said Sir Walter Raleigh to his executioner, “…I would not have my enemies think I quaked from fear.” An explorer by birth, and by trade, and sponsor of the Lost Colony, which later became the great states North Carolina and Virginia, Raleigh lived a life of rebellions, massacres, colonization, secret marriage, imprisonment, sieges, slaughters, and knighthood. Treason against the British Crown, though, cost him his head in 1618. For this, no doubt, in addition to his success as an explorer, North Carolina named its capitol after him in 1792. Classes 017 and 018, also avant-garde for their time, took the guided tour of his town, complete with all the best sites. Some on the beaten path, some off. Java made his Challenge debut, certain to be oft repeated this summer, and Central Prison never saw such good livin’ till now.

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The Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina

Into Asheville, and straight to Harvest Records, where we got to talking with Brown. A fellow adventurer, he was off to the west coast to just see what kind of adventure he could find. After inviting everyone to come camp out with us, we headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hotels schmotels, a little rain is no big deal until it’s the third hour of smoky wet wood…but that only makes the roaring fire all the sweeter, and the food that much better. And luckily everyone showed up just in time to enjoy.

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