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Outdoors

There's nothing like the thrill of flying along a cable at more than 40 miles per hour, suspended only by a harness 20 stories high in the air, and skidding into a tip-toe landing on a stump on the other side of the gorge a quarter of a mile away to get the adrenaline pumping and make a person appreciate life and all the experiences it has to offer.

To the staff at Highlands Aerial park, it's no longer a big deal. Excessively fun, but otherwise just another day at work, only with a death-defying commute over a gorge instead of fighting traffic.

Located on 44 acres atop High Holly Mountain just south of Highlands, Highlands Aerial Park has created "a world class botanical experience in the trees."

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Battle Group Quartermaster geared for disaster.

The following in the second part of a two part story on preppers in Western North Carolina. While WNC Supply, Inc., teaches preppers more about hunkering down long-term at home, in a bunker or some other shelter, Battle Group Quartermaster in Franklin is geared more for the rugged, well-armed survivalist on the go.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded the Macon County Community Garden a grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

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Survival and preparedness an untapped market.

Michael and Jeanette Marceau have a sweet little home in the Nantahala National Forest, "livin' the dream" up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. But just in case that dream ever turns into a nightmare, their second home is a bunker.

Forty feet long and sporting a concrete reinforced blast-proof and bullet proof steel door handcrafted and welded by Mike in his home workshop, the shelter was converted from a steel shipping container.

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