FROM THE TOP: While geocachers are usually looking for small containers stashed in precise locations, this group of local geocachers scoured an area above the Beaucatcher Cut to remove trash from the area a few years ago. The photographer, geocacher Graeme McGufficke, notes that the area is no longer accessible by foot. Photo by Graeme McGufficke

Geocaching community finds its way to Waynesvill­e

Less than 20 years old, geocaching is a new sport that’s gained a lot of ground in its short existence. Western North Carolina is prime territory for geocachers, who use GPS devices to find and hide containers stashed in precise locations around the world. The Haywood County Fairgrounds will host one of the country’s premier geocaching events on Saturday, May 27.

Jay Harris, in Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon), a protected desert wilderness in Jordan.

Internatio­nal Asheville brings the world to main street Oct. 2

Jay Harris got his first taste of international living one horizon-broadening summer in Australia while staying on a piggery as a high school exchange student. Since then, he has worked 30 years overseas as an international education specialist for universities, advisory councils and community outreach programs, making 60 trips to Jordan alone. During the course […]

The home of Suzie Millions

Nobody christens the holiday season with a natural knack for embracing the wacky and romancing the outrageously tacky as local pseudo-celebrity Suzie Millions, seasoned veteran of The Big Crafty and author of “The Complete Book of Retro Crafts.” I recently visited Millions at the home she shares with her husband, Lance Wille, drummer for local […]

Living small-scale

John and Nikki Preston’s first conversation was about the sort of house they might build together. They were at a party at the home of a mutual friend, just up the hill from where they now live with their daughter Eileen and two Labrador retrievers. It’s no coincidence, then, that they built their own home […]