June 2014

Legends of Ohiopyle

Picture this: A two-mile class III loop on the Lower Yough in your front yard, the natural bend of the river making a shuttle unnecessary; a half-hour drive to the put-in of the Class IV Upper Yough; another 30-minute drive to any of the Yough’s steep Cass V tributaries; and, a killer Thursday night yoga class by Yogi Wade paired with brews, food, and tunes at the local Falls City Pub.

Beneath the Shell: The Endangered Life of America’s Wildest Woman

Carol Ruckdeschel grew up on the banks of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River where she liked to catch snakes, sleep in a cave, and cook road kill over a fire. She hopscotched her way through jobs and schools and even got married for a year. But nothing fit until she began working for Georgia’s Natural Areas Council with Coca-Cola heir Sam Candler. That led to a river trip with Governor Jimmy Carter, an article in The New Yorker, and selection as one of Mademoiselle magazine’s Women of the Year in 1973.

Trail Mix: Big Daddy Love

Since forming in 2009, the group has been turning heads at festivals and underground music haunts in the Southeast. An energetic sound the band self-dubbed “Appalachian Rock” mingles gritty electric blues guitar licks with mountain-bred banjo rolls.