Have less. Live More: Torg Stories Podcast with Yukon and Bean

Have less. Live More: Torg Stories Podcast with Yukon and Bean

Welcome to the Torg Stories podcast at TheTorg.com. September 15, 2016 edition.

This week I talked to Angie and Nelson Stegall. These two are known as Yukon and Bean on their website. Angie and Nelson were a big part of the catalyst that inspired my family and I to raft 140 miles of the French Broad River. They made essentially the same trip we made except for while we went home every night to work on our movie, these two camped.

Their life philosophy is to have less and live more. Because they are a tenant on a farm living in a 250 square foot trailer, we met at the Penrose Access Area on the French Broad and near the town of Brevard. Dupont Forest, home of some of my favorite waterfalls in the state, is  and one of my favorite spots in the area, Dupont Forest. You’ll hear the occasional car drive by and several times a small airplane. I started off by asking these two how they met.

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French Broad River, documentary, movie, film, Asheville, Brevard, Hot Springs

Yukon and Bean on their Raft

 

We four NC Torgs have completed our trip on the French Broad River. We are now doing interviews with a variety of people knowledgeable about the French Broad including a geologist, biologist, fish hatchery superintendent, water quality testers, and more!

If you have questions, comments or ideas for our French Broad River movie, we’d love to hear from you.

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Thanks for being interested in what we are up to at Torg Stories!

 

Western North Carolina as Biodiversity Hotspot

Do you even know the names of the trees in your backyard?

I came across that question in an article written by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, a biologist and professor of environmental studies at Brevard College.  Her question grabbed my attention and caused me to think about the 147 miles of water I’d passed through with my family on our recent French Broad River rafting trip. I knew I couldn’t name all of the trees in my backyard and certainly not many of the organisms big or small that live in the French Broad River. I got in touch with Jennifer and she said she was willing to tell me about organisms that live in the water and their importance to the region of Western North Carolina. I learned a lot talking to Jennifer. Hope you enjoy our conversation!

 

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I talk biodiversity and the French Broad River with Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College

Two of Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert’s books have been published with more on the way:

  • Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
  • Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast
  • Click here to learn more about Professor Frick-Ruppert’s books on her Amazon page.

 

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What or Who are River People? Torg Stories Podcast

Asheville Outdoor Center, French Broad River, River Arts District

David Donnell of Asheville Outdoor Center and Torg

Asheville Outdoor Center owner David Donnell and I talk River People and about his twenty-five years in business on this week’s Torg Stories Podcast.

I met David when he did me the good deed of helping my family make our first 48 Hour Film Project movie. Dave put my oldest daughter in a kayak and then guided a raft next to her so we could film her on the French Broad River.

This an “audio only” podcast available here and in the podcast app of your iPhone if you search for “Torg Stories” and Podcasts.

It’s also a video podcast. Both the audio only and video versions are embedded below.

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Some stuff that might be worth knowing or checking out:

  • The AOC is located at 521 Amboy Road. Asheville, North Carolina. 28806. Click here for their Facebook page.
  • AOC has a tap room. It’s a beautiful spot to grab a beer along the river.
  • Dave says development has impacted the way that the river handles heavy rains.
  • When the CFS (cubic feet per second water flow) is over 5,000, Dave doesn’t allow canoes.
  • A new bridge on his 7 mile float trip doesn’t allow boaters to pass under it if the CFS is over 5,000.
  • What new challenges does the river face because of its popularity?
  • I’d like to see one of these tire dances.
  • Scotty Richards, the original tire plucker, weekends spent picking up tires and trash, 12-15 years. Can I see his rubber tire plucking boat?

Dave gave a shout out to White Duck Taco. I’ve never been there. He said the fish tacos are good. I am a connoisseur of fish tacos. I’m planning a visit!

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Podcast with Dave Donnell from Asheville Outdoor Center