Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear!

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Only you can prevent wildfires.

Smokey Bear

What an honor to have our campfire build & photo featured as your example of how to practice fire safety! Thank you for helping teach and inspire future generations to preserve & protect America’s landscapes.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Share the Experience (2017)

Campfire Safety Tips

Campfires are an essential part of the camping experience.  Stories are told around them, s’mores are roasted on them, bodies are warmed by them and memories are created. The best way to keep those memories from becoming a horror story is to follow some simple and important campfire safety tips.

Also, it is very important to keep in mind that in some cases campfires may not be allowed. Check in with the local area to determine if there are fire restrictions in place where you plan to visit.

Some fires have natural causes, but people cause an overwhelming number of brush, grass and forest fires. Most of these fires are accidental and are due to the careless disposal of hot embers, ash or cigarettes. Do your part to stay fire safe!

Four Tips for Campfire Safety

  1. Pick Your Spot Wisely: Use existing fire circles or pits if available. Do not build a fire in dry or windy conditions, especially if there are fire restrictions in place (check with local authorities). Build fires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs, or other flammable materials.
  2. Prepare Your Pit: Choose a spot for your campfire that is downwind from your tent and gear, and protected from wind gusts. Clear a 10-foot-wide diameter area around your site, and make sure there are no limbs or branches hanging over your pit. Always circle the pit with rocks, or use an existing fire ring.
  3. Build A Campfire: Once you have a prepared pit, you are ready to build the campfire. It is recommended to use three types of wood. Tinder, which is made of small twigs, dry leaves or grass, will get the fire started initially. Kindling, consisting of twigs smaller than one inch around, will help to light the larger pieces of wood. Fuel—the large pieces of wood—will provide the heat and sustained flames once the tinder and kindling are consumed.
  4. This is the most important step! EXTINGUISH THE FIRE: Campers need to properly maintain and extinguish campfires when going to bed or leaving the area. If possible, let the campfire burn down to ashes. Pour water on the fire to drown all embers, not just the red ones. Once this is done, stir everything in the pit with a shovel and test for heat with the back of your hand.

    Source: Recereation.gov

Stairs leading to Mingo Falls in Cherokee National Forest

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir
2017 (c) Gold Star Creative

A forest haven awaits at Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, where you can enjoy the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, or of course, solitude on a backcountry trail like the once pictures.

The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee, and the perfect spot for exploring.

Take a day tour or stay over night, there are options for every kind of explorer through the link in our bio. – Recreation.gov

Featured Cover Photo on Homes & Land Magazine

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We are happy to announce our photo is featured on the cover of Homes & Land Magazine for The Grand Strand this month!

2180 Waterview Dr UNIT 527, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
4 beds • 3 baths • 2,350 sqft  •  SOLD $430,000  •  Dec 11, 2018

View the full gallery for this beautiful condo on our Facebook page.


To date, we have shot over 250 homes along the Grand Strand.

Ready to list? Go with Gold!! 🌟

12 Trails for Fall Mountain Biking

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No matter what the weather, fall is an invigorating time to be riding on dirt.

Tsali Recreation Area, North Carolina

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Nantahala National Forest, Share the Experience (2017)

“Though some trails within the Nantahala National Forest are closed to bikes, the Tsali singletrack trails are nationally known for great mountain biking and generally rated as moderately difficult. Tsali (Sah-lee) Recreation Area’s four-loop system offers a variety of landscapes, and offer alternating days for mountain bikes and horses, so check before you go. You can climb one-foot wide rugged paths or travel flat, wide roads. Tsali’s trails meander through mixed pine and hardwoods on a peninsula stretching into Fontana Lake.”


– Kristi Bray, Recreation.gov

Photo Published on the Sunday Front of Sun News

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On May 13, 2018 our photo made the Sunday front page of today’s newspaper, featuring Harley Week in Myrtle Beach.  Thank you Myrtle Beach Sun News for publishing our photo!

Harley Week begins: Here’s what’s up for the next 7 days

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Many rode into town over the weekend for the annual Harley Davidson Bike Week Spring Rally, and some stopped at the Harley Davidson dealership in North Myrtle Beach Sunday.

Fall in Poinsett State Park

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10 South Carolina destinations you should visit if you’re looking for fall colors

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Poinsett State Park, November 13, 2016 – Photo published in The Island Packet

Poinsett State Park: Often referred to as “The Mountains of the Midlands, ” this park yields some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail. Hiking and biking trails wind through the entire park, and Poinsett’s 10-acre lake can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals.

The Island Packet, Hilton Head, SC