Living

Living

What’s outside your window? Enter the Observer’s $100 photo contest

After moving this April from a gloomy cavern to an airy 12th-floor newsroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, the news staff of the Charlotte Observer has been fairly stunned by the views we now enjoy every day. From the constant construction along the skyline, approaching storms clouds and lightning strikes, to window washers hanging by skinny ropes as they lurch past our desks, we’ve come to realize how much fun it can be to just look out the window. Just the other day, a squadron of A-10 fighter jets blew through town.

Travel

Four ways to camp with a touch of luxe in the national parks

The notion of nodding off under the stars to the crackle of a fire in the shadow of ancient ponderosa pines sounds dreamy. Here’s the catch. Though I love communing with nature, I detest discomfort. This includes interacting with moist soil and insects as well as partaking in tiresome camp chores like tent pitching, fire making, food schlepping and foraging for makeshift, leave-no-trace toilets.

Moms

Fun Family Time: Matthews Alive Festival

Get ready for great family fun this Labor Day weekend as a favorite annual event returns to downtown Matthews. Best part of this community event is that all proceeds go back into local non-profits. Oh yeah, and the kids will have a blast too!

Videos

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

With dozens of outdoor activities on offer for visitors to North Carolina's Asheville area, whitewater rafting remains one of the most popular options. Tourists, coming in the tens of thousands from around the country and the world, flock to companies, such as French Broad Adventures, to experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water.
JUSTINE MILLER jmiller@mcclatchy.com The Charlotte Observer
Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River 1:46

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

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Putting up tomatoes? Here are tips for safe canning

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Durham senior cheerleader likes to keep moving