Outdoor Journal

Get out for Halloween: The holiday makes us want to get outdoors—perhaps so we won’t be trapped inside with any malevolent spirits. With that in mind, consider one event that gets you in motion, too (and ready to bike or run your way out of any nightmarish trouble).

Asheville on Bikes presents the Pumpkin Pedaller—a Halloween bicycle tour through Asheville’s ghoulish grounds (Friday, Oct. 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting at City/County Plaza and culminating at Wedge Gallery’s Halloween Bash). Of course, costumes are customary, but design yours to be bike-friendly, illuminate yourself for the ride and wear your helmet. The ride is free, but you’ll need $10 to get into the bash.

Naturally better photos: Chimney Rock Park’s towering waterfall, delicate wildflowers and unique rock formations are the perfect backdrop for stunning photographs, but could you use a little help? On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, join noted photographer Jeff Miller for the park’s in-depth Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop.

On Saturday, workshop participants will review such skills as digital workflow, correct white balance and image optimizing. In the field at Chimney, they’ll also be guided in creating their own digital images. (It’s highly recommended that workshop participants use digital SLR cameras and tripods.) Sunday, it’s back to the classroom for a fieldwork critique.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. The fee is $95 (or $85 for annual-pass holders) and includes park admission for both days. For more information and to register, call 625-9611 or 800-277-9611.

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About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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