Photographer Genelda Myers lives with her family in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, a setting whose craggy beauty allows her to constantly practice her specialty: outdoor photography. Drawing on a college degree in photography and graphic design, Myers directs traditional yet relaxed shoots that capture subjects at ease amid scenic outdoor environs. The resulting images, which Genelda converts to print and digital forms, chronicle landmark moments ranging from a newlywed’s first kiss to a child’s first altercation with a garden hose.
Weaverville Yoga's passionate instructors help aspiring yogis pose, stretch, and align themselves toward physical wellness and spiritual serenity with tension-melting Kundalini and therapeutic yoga classes. The serene studio’s muted tones and natural light set a soothing stage for a robust schedule, engendering relaxation as students vogue through body-bending poses. During exhilarating Kundalini yoga sessions, students harness holistic balance and serenity through poses facilitated by meditative pranayama breathing and underscored by tranquil music. The studio's gentle yoga classes share therapeutic yogic techniques to aid pupils with limited mobility caused by age, illness, or lengthy embraces with an ice sculpture. In Flexible Yoga for the Inflexible Man, instructors walk all-male groups through classes that help students regain pliancy more quickly than a freshly buttered pipe cleaner.
Piloted by Coast Guard-licensed captains who have gone through comprehensive training, Smoky Mountain Jet Boat Rides glide passengers across the waters of Lake Fontana. Tours begin with a five-minute trip to the Almond boat dock, where water tourists board their barges and drift down the Nantahala River toward Lake Fontana. During 40-minute excursions, eyes are enveloped by a vista of The Great Smoky Mountains, as vessels whiz atop still waters leaving sailboats and out-of-gas speedboats in their wake. A lifelong devotee to the tourism industry, Smokey Mountain president Nick Williams heads a crew that delicately assembles each watercraft used for touring speed-thirsty voyagers. Structures based on the New Zealand Style Jet Boat allow Smoky Mountain's schooners to perform impressive aquatic escapades, such as spinning within their own length and impersonating animatronic sharks. There are no restrictions on age and expeditions must be scheduled in advance.