Prep Sports Roundup: 1/25

first_imgJUNCTION, Utah-Kelby Jessen’s 18 points led the Piute Thunderbirds to a 64-59 win over Water Canyon in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday. James Jeffs had 18 points in the loss for the Wildcats. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball RICHFIELD, Utah-Payton Thompson amassed 18 points and Joshua Thalman added 17 more as the Richfield Wildcats humbled Emery 65-60 in Region 15 boys basketball action Friday. Cade Brazier had 23 points, including six 3-pointers in defeat for the Spartans. Monteverde Academy Invitational GUNNISON, Utah-Porter Wood led the way with 27 points as the Parowan Rams got past Gunnison 57-53 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. Jackson Hill’s 12 points led the Bulldogs in defeat. ROOSEVELT, Utah-Tori Ross netted 22 points and the Union Cougars got past Delta 56-52 Friday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Shaylee Fowles’ 22 points led the Rabbits in defeat. Region 20 Region 14 MONTEVERDE, Fla.-Richie Saunders had 12 points but it wasn’t enough as Rancho Christian smoked Saunders’ Wasatch Academy Tigers 74-47 Friday at the Monteverde (Fla.) Academy Invitational. SALINA, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 18 points and 6 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Beaver Beavers routed North Sevier 68-44 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. BICKNELL, Utah-Shudeen Begay’s 15 points paced Whitehorse as the Raiders edged Wayne 69-67 in overtime Friday in Region 19 girls basketball action. Hannah Morrill had 22 points for the Badgers in defeat. ROOSEVELT, Utah-Derek Smith posted 24 points and the Delta Rabbits pounded Union 71-27 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Logan Gillman had 10 points for the loss in the Cougars. MILFORD, Utah-Preslee Barnson had 11 points for the Milford Tigers in a 54-5 rout of Dugway Friday in Region 21 girls basketball action. Paisley Smith had all five points in the loss for the Mustangs. Region 14 BICKNELL, Utah-Bridger Brian and Garrett Chappell each posted 16 points and the Wayne Badgers pounded Whitehorse 72-53 Friday in Region 19 boys basketball action. MOAB, Utah-Veda Gritts led the way with 15 points and the Grand Red Devils stymied North Sanpete 42-33 in Region 15 girls basketball action Friday. Graciee Christiansen had 11 points for the Hawks in the loss. Hayes Monroe added 12 points and 6 rebounds and Austin Burraston stepped up with 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from range for the Eagles, who shot 53.8 percent for the game in improving to 5-13 on the season while Kanab fell to 12-5. Region 21 Girls Basketball By virtue of a commitment he made to his players should they win this evening, Eagles head coach Blaine Burraston allowed his wife to shave a mohawk into his hair after the game.center_img Brad James PANGUITCH, Utah-Treyson Roberts led the way with 26 points as the Bryce Valley Mustangs bested Panguitch 66-60 in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday. Kanyon Lamb led the Bobcats in the loss with 18 points. Region 21 Region 15 Region 19 FILLMORE, Utah-Kael Myers amassed 24 points and 6 rebounds on 9 of 14 shooting and Tyce Davies added 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting as the Millard Eagles upset Kanab 78-62 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. MILFORD, Utah-Kyler Wunderlich stepped up with 18 points and the Milford Tigers hammered Dugway 63-28 Friday in Region 21 boys basketball action. T.J. Ramos had 10 points to pace the Mustangs in defeat. Region 18 Blaine Burraston galvanized the crowd after the fact, saying that if the Eagles should win the 2-A state title, more shaving may occur. Region 15 Written by Region 19 Nathaniel “Hoss” Houston netted 24 points in the loss for the Cowboys. Millard put the game away for good with a 31-14 run in the 3rd Quarter. MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Chase Croasmun posted 25 points as the Grand Red Devils decimated North Sanpete 81-54 Friday in Region 15 boys basketball action. Scott Hatch had 10 points in the loss for the Hawks. ORDERVILLE, Utah-Gavin Hoyt posted 15 points and the Valley Buffaloes crushed Diamond Ranch 80-31 Friday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Tyler Nash’s 11 points led the Diamondbacks in defeat. Tags: High School Sports Roundup MANTI, Utah-Grady Thompson netted 32 points as the Manti Templars outgunned San Juan 77-73 in Region 15 boys basketball action Friday. Randall Flavel’s 15 points led the Broncos in defeat. January 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/25last_img read more

NV5 Global secures $8m LNG contracts in US

first_img NV5 Global has secured contracts from two prominent Eastern natural gas utilities in the US. (Credit: FreeImages/Michael & Christa Richert) NV5 Global has secured two new contracts for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects from two prominent Eastern natural gas utilities in the US.The two new contracts are valued at $8m.NV5 has bagged an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for an LNG facility vaporisation system expansion worth $6m.The expansion will increase production capacity and enhance reliability by adding redundancy.  The design work of the project has commenced and the project is expected to be completed later this year.The company has also won an engineering, procurement construction and Management (EPCM) contract worth $2m for the second phase of an LNG facility boil-off compressor project.NV5  said that design work on phase 2 will begin immediately and the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.NV5 chairman and CEO Dickerson Wright said: “Many of the projects that we design and support are considered critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security guidelines related to essential services, including energy, transportation, water, and wastewater projects.“The safety of our employees is our top priority, and while most of our engineers are working remotely, we have implemented social distancing and hygiene practices to protect our field and shop personnel.”NV5 was awarded $34m LNG contract in FebruaryIn February, NV5 Global was awarded a $34m EPC contract by a prominent Eastern US natural gas company for a LNG facility liquefaction system upgrade.The company had stated that the design work has started on the new facility, and the project is expected to be completed in nearly 18 months. The company has bagged an EPC contract worth $6m for an LNG facility vaporisation system expansion and EPCM contract worth $2m for the second phase of an LNG facility boil-off compressor projectlast_img read more

Roque to Trump: reverse DACA decision, but deport my accuser

first_imgWEST NEW YORK – While he sought in a letter on Sept. 5 to have President Donald Trump reverse his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects children brought to the United States illegally, in the same letter Mayor Felix E. Roque asked Trump to deport a Boonton doctor who testified against him last year.Roque said the DACA policy was wrong, then he went on to ask Trump to deport Rehan Zuberi, a Pakistani immigrant who has been twice convicted of serious felonies that include Medicaid fraud, money laundering, and a slew of other fraudulent activities.Zuberi testified against Roque in a trial that claimed Roque was involved with a Medicaid scheme as well.Roque, however, was acquitted.Roque claims that Zuberi had disregarded a court ruling restricting him from having any connection with the medical facilities that he owned.“Mr. Zuberi disregarded his sentence and returned to the medical imaging business using family as fronts for his business,” Roque said. “He was again arrested three years ago in connection with a scheme in which millions were laundered to pay kickbacks to more than a dozen medical professionals.”Zuberi has been sentenced to eight years in prison.Roque said while law abiding dreamers will be negatively affected by Trump’s decision to eliminate the DACA, others like Zuberi are “thumbing their nose” at the system.last_img read more

UK narrowly misses out on Bakery World Cup spot

first_imgThe UK team has narrowly missed out on a place at the Bakery World Cup 2012, after Costa Rica was named as the ‘wild card’ team.UK team captain Sara Autton, who was present when the announcement was made today in France, said the UK team did come in second behind Costa Rica, so only narrowly missed out.The UK was named as the ‘contender’ team from Western Europe in the Louis Lesaffre Cup European selection round, held at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon, in January this year. This meant they progressed to the wild card selection round, where one of five contender teams picked from four international selection rounds – Europe, America, Africa Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific – would to go through to the final at Europain in Paris next year.She said the decision as to which team went through as a ‘wild card’ had been based on a combination of elements, including the points achieved in the earlier selection round, team spirit, how well the team worked together, and their potential to improve. The decision meant that the UK team, made up of captain Mickael Jahan (Viennese Pastry category), Wayne Caddy (Bread), and Steven Salt (Artistic Piece), came 13th out of the 32 countries that made it through to the international selection rounds.Autton said all the judges in the European Selection Round said they were very impressed with how much the UK team had improved since it had last taken part. “We’re really up there with the big boys,” said Autton. “There are a lot of countries that think the UK cannot make good bread, and we’ve shown them that we can.” She added that despite losing out on a place in the final, the team had a lot to be proud of.>>UK team named as contender for Bakery World Cuplast_img read more

Friendly focaccia

first_imgSelf-styled ’Global Baker’ Dean Brettschneider, the New Zealand baker currently working with bakery products supplier Bakehouse, shows how to make delicious, versatile bread that’s a great accompaniment to barbecue food. And since there’s no yeast in this recipe, it is really fast to prepare too.Vegetable, Feta & Tomato, Rosemary Focaccia-Style Quick Bread Makes 4 or 5 rustic oblong loaves depending on sizeFor the caramelised garlic topping IngredientsGarlic, separated into cloves4 headsOlive oil4 tbspWater4 tbspBalsamic vinegar2 tbspSugar6 tbspSalt½ tspGround pepper¼ tspFresh rosemary, chopped2 sprigsMethod1. In a saucepan of boiling water, blanch the garlic for 2-3 minutes, refresh in cold water, peel then set aside.2. Place the olive oil in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, taking care not to burn. Add the water and balsamic vinegar and, as the mixture bubbles, add the sugar, salt, pepper and rosemary. (A)3. Next reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for approximately 45 minutes until a syrup is formed and the garlic is soft.4. Transfer to a bowl and cool until needed. This will last in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.For the toppingIngredients (B)Rosemary, carefully removing the little sprigs off the stalk1 sprigCherry tomatoes cut in half12Caramelised garlic cloves, see the recipe on previous page2 headsFor the doughIngredients (B)Strong bread flour1,000gSalt10gVery good pinch of freshly ground black pepperChopped thyme2 tbspChopped rosemary2 tbspBaking powder80gUnsalted butter softened130gMilk tepid temperature780mlFeta cheese, roughly cut into small cubes300gPumpkin cubes (partly cooked in the microwave)300gBeetroot cubes (partly cooked in the microwave)200gCaramelised garlic cloves, see the recipe above2 headsMethod1. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and add the chopped thyme and rosemary.2. Add the softened butter and rub the butter into the dry ingredients to resemble breadcrumbs.3. Make a large well in the bowl large enough to contain the milk then slowly add and gently combine the ingredients by hand, taking care not to over mix the dough at this stage. (C)4. Once the dough is almost combined but there are still wet and floury patches throughout the dough add the pumpkin, feta cheese and garlic cloves, folding and lifting it through the dough, resulting in a rough dough mass. (D)5. Divide the dough into four or five equal parts and very lightly shape each into rough oblongs, with the smoothest side facing upwards. Place each dough piece on to a lined baking tray. (E)6. Gently flatten each dough piece using the palm of your hand to approximately 3cm in thickness, then dust with white flour and using a large knife or metal scraper, cut each oblong in a trellis pattern, taking care not to cut it all the way through (only ¾-inch deep). (F)7. Poke or stud the cherry tomato halves, more garlic and rosemary sprigs into the dough surface. (G) Allow the unbaked dampers to rest in a cool place for 15 minutes.8. Place the baking tray into a preheated oven set at 220ºC and bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on size. (H) Do not over-bake as this will result in a dry loaf. Remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack.last_img read more

News story: New HM Trade Commissioners to lead UK trade and investment overseas

first_imgInternational Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, appoints 2 new HM Trade Commissioners (HMTCs) New York Consul General Antony Phillipson appointed as HMTC for North America Mumbai Deputy High Commissioner Crispin Simon named for South Asia role Crispin Simon, HMTC for South Asia, added: As the UK prepares for future trade agreements with countries around the world, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, today (Monday 5 February) names 2 new HMTCs. They will champion British trade with some of the UK’s biggest economic partners.With 90% of growth projected to come from outside the EU, Dr Fox said the appointments signal “a new way of doing things”, with far more autonomy for his senior officials to improve trade with key markets of the future.Antony Phillipson has been appointed as HMTC for North America, while Crispin Simon has been appointed to the South Asia role.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: The US and Canada are 2 of the UK’s most important trading partners. Developing our independent trade policy and future agreements will boost companies on both sides of the Atlantic looking to invest, create jobs and spread growth. Speaking after his appointment, HMTC for North America Antony Phillipson said: In North America, the United States is the UK’s single largest trading partner and biggest export market, accounting for 14.5% of all UK trade and more than 18% of British exports in 2016. Whilst in South Asia, trade in goods and services between the UK and India alone was worth more than £15 billion in 2016. Both regions are home to some of the world’s largest and fastest-expanding economies.These appointments follow an innovative new approach by the Department for International Trade (DIT) which last month published a list of upcoming visits by ministers, calling on businesses to have their say on ‘in market’ issues. Dr Fox and his team will be visiting India and the United States in the next few weeks, where they will also meet with the new HMTCs.DIT Permanent Secretary, Antonia Romeo, said: Richard Burn was last week appointed HMTC for China during the Prime Minister and Dr Fox’s visit to the country.Further HMTCs will be appointed shortly.About Antony Phillipson and Crispin SimonAntony Phillipson is Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Director General of International Trade North America. Most recently, Antony was Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union.Crispin Simon is the British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India and the Director General of the Department for International Trade, India and South Asia. Crispin has extensive experience across both the private and public sectors.center_img BackgroundAbout HMTCsAll of the new HMTCs will cooperate closely with HM Ambassadors and High Commissioners, the wider diplomatic network, and other HM Government colleagues based in countries in their region, in a joined-up and coordinated government effort overseas to promote UK trade and prosperity.In total, there will be 9 geographical areas that the HM Trade Commissioners will cover: The strength of Britain’s highly-skilled workforce is widely recognised in South Asia, with Indian companies alone creating or protecting more than 11,000 jobs in the UK last year. British businesses exporting and investing in India also support one in 20 jobs in the country’s private sector – and I am excited to be helping more UK-based companies unlock the trading opportunities that one of the world’s fastest-growing economies has to offer. I am delighted to welcome Antony and Crispin to their new roles. They have both already done a fantastic job promoting the UK overseas, and securing inward investment to the UK. As HMTCs, they will play an important role leading our work overseas to help British businesses export and grow internationally, and attracting investment into the UK. Africa Asia-Pacific China Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network Europe Latin America Middle East North America South Asia With the IMF predicting that 90% of growth will come from outside the EU, we need to look at where the emerging markets are and put UK businesses in prime position to benefit. That is why, as an international economic department, we are introducing a new way of doing things with the appointment of our HM Trade Commissioners. They will have more autonomy to do what works best in their region to improve trade with key markets of the future. Antony and Crispin bring a wealth of in-country knowledge and expertise to their new roles, alongside an extensive network of contacts in North America and South Asia – 2 key growth markets where British companies already have a well-established presence.last_img read more

Campaign Dollars Flow As Lawmakers Debate New York Bail Law

first_imgALBANY — As the debate over New York’s bail law rages in the state Capitol, criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms, campaign finance records show.Records show New York lawmakers and political parties, from June to mid-February, reeled in at least $360,000 from police unions and other law enforcement groups — organizations that have overwhelmingly denounced the reforms.In particular, during that same time period, police groups have directed more than $75,000 to the six Senate Democrats from Long Island, lawmakers who have supported efforts to roll back portions of the law or change the system’s bail structure. Police unions and other law enforcement groups gave at least $15,000 to state Sens. Monica Martinez, John Brooks and Todd Kaminsky.Compared to other state senators, Democrat Diane Savino, whose district includes part of Staten Island, likely received the most money from law enforcement groups from June to mid-February. Campaign finance records show she received more than $23,500 from those groups during the time frame. Implemented at the beginning of the year, the bail changes eliminated cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases.On the other side of the debate, a little-known group backing criminal justice reforms has given at least $49,000 to state lawmakers and political campaigns since June and more than $160,000 since the beginning of 2018.The group, entitled the Fair Just and Safe NY PAC, is funded in part by hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb. The group issued a statement saying it is proud to support candidates who have advanced pretrial reforms and parole changes, among other topics.Loeb is also a donor for New Yorkers United for Justice, a group that backs criminal justice reforms and has pushed back against calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the bail law.It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will change the bail law. Either way, the bail law remains one of the fiercest debates this session, often highlighting ideological splits between moderate Democrats, who want to roll back parts of the law, and liberal-leaning legislators, who have resisted.Senate Democrats this month floated a plan that would eliminate cash bail entirely but give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial.The bail law did away with pretrial detention for most misdemeanors and nonviolent cases. Under the Senate Democrat’s proposal, a judge could hold someone in pretrial detention for certain hate crimes and domestic violence felonies, along with crimes that led to a death.The proposal would also allow for repeat offenders to be held in pretrial detention, although the specifics remain unclear.Criminal justice reformers and criminal defense organizations have decried the plan, arguing that giving judges more discretion over who stays in jail pretrial will allow for racial disparities.The bail law was partially motivated by the case of Kalief Browder, who was arrested at age 16 and accused of robbing a man of his backpack. He then spent years in custody and the case was dropped. Browder later killed himself.“Don’t ever forget this young man who will forever die young,” said Assemblymember Walter Mosley, speaking at a rally in support of the bail law this week. The Democrat was one of several lawmakers who joined the crowd at the Capitol.The group had an overriding message: no rollbacks on the current law.Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins defended the proposal Wednesday and said there would be specific “guardrails” for judges, mentioning the current bail system already has judicial discretion.“We have proposed the most progressive type of solution for this particular problem,” she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VBSR Announces Program to Connect Vermont Students with Vermont Companies

first_imgVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a program to link students approaching graduation from Vermont colleges and universities to exciting job opportunities with member companies. With a grant from the Department of Labor, VBSR will create paid internships at companies that are creating new job opportunities. “If you’re a young, growing business, you have absolutely no time to create and manage an internship,” says Executive Director, Will Patten. “If you’re graduating from school in Vermont and are interested in finding work here, you don’t know where to turn. We are pleased to be in a position to bring together businesses and students approaching graduation.”The grant will enable VBSR to hire an Intern Coordinator to reach out to VBSR member Vermont employers for the purpose of creating internship opportunities. The Intern Coordinator will also connect with Vermont institutes of higher learning to identify students with a desire to make connections with Vermont employers.Businesses interested in creating opportunities for students, in exchange for finding valuable potential employee prospects, should get in touch with Will Patten by e-mailing [email protected](link sends e-mail), or calling VBSR at (802) 862-8347. VBSR is a statewide business membership organization made up of approximately 600 Vermont companies representing over 30,000 employees and $4.5 billion in annual sales. VBSR member companies are committed to VBSR’s mission to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of our citizens.For more information contact Carina Driscoll at VBSR at 802-862-8347 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

10 Best Blue Ridge Byways for Fall Leaf Peeping

first_imgTake the scenic route on your next leaf peeping adventure with these 10 iconic drives and roadside hikes.Blue Ridge ParkwayVirginia—North CarolinaThe Drive: Weaving for 470 miles from Virginia to North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway has consistently ranked among the top five most popular national park units for its accessibility, historical significance, and of course, those classic Blue Ridge views. The parkway is like a traveling timeline. Visitors can glimpse the life of an 1800s homesteader in the morning and sip on locally made wine from state-of-the-art vineyards all in a day. Consider the changes in elevation when on the hunt for fall colors. Peak foliage hits a lot later at 649 feet along the banks of Virginia’s James River than at 6,047 feet atop North Carolina’s Richland Balsam.The Hike: For a moderate hike with outstanding views, head to Flat Top Mountain, the tallest of three peaks that form the Peaks of Otter. The parking area is located at milepost 83.5. Follow the Flat Top Trail into the forest, where the gradient is mellow and fast. Don’t be fooled—the summit trail climbs 1,900 feet over the course of 2.6 miles, making those tight switchbacks feel punishingly endless. Stick with it for picnic-perfect boulders and views from 4,001 feet of the Piedmont Valley.The Linn Cove Viaduct snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, N.C. —Photo by Tommy White.Skyline DriveVirginiaThe Drive: This 105-mile paved drive traverses the spine of the Blue Ridge as it passes through Shenandoah National Park. Nearly every bend in the road here is bursting with life. The park and its backbone byway are home to 1,600 species of trees and plants, over 90 streams, and 60 peaks above 3,000 feet in elevation. With 75 overlooks stacked along the drive (that’s almost one overlook for every mile-and-a-half), you might get so caught up in the sightseeing you never make it to the trailhead.The Hike: Short and ever so sweet, the Bearfence Mountain Trail has it all—rock scrambles, tough terrain, and front row seats to the best view in the park. Totaling 1.2 miles round-trip, this is the perfect excuse to get out and stretch your legs. Head to milepost 56.5 to begin your trek. At one point, the rocks atop Bearfence were volcanic lava, but millions of years of exposure have morphed them into greenstone.Highland Scenic HighwayWest VirginiaThe Drive: Nothing brings out the vibrant reds and oranges of autumn like the stark evergreen of spruce trees. Driving along the tree-studded, 43-mile Highland Scenic Highway feels like a northeastern road trip, both in scenery and in temperatures. Meandering along the Allegheny Highlands above 4,000 feet, the drive cuts right through the heart of the Monongahela National Forest and alongside the Cranberry Wilderness for 22 miles. The weather here is notoriously stormy, so don’t be disappointed if the view is socked in—the moody fog just adds to the Mon’s mystique.The Hike: For a short day hike, explore the Black Mountain Trail, which connects both the Williams River Valley and Big Spruce Overlooks. The 2.4-mile trail weaves in and out through a rhododendron-choked forest of birch, beech, and red spruce before arriving at a boardwalk and interpretive sign about a devastating wildfire that hit here in the 1930s. For an overnight backpacking trip, and a lesson in humility, head into the Cranberry Wilderness via the North/South Trail to Hell For Certain Branch. You might feel like hell once you slog your way to this creek, but the dreamy campsites there are like stepping through Heaven’s gates.Laurel Highlands Scenic BywayPennsylvaniaThe Drive: Beginning just north of Johnstown, Penn., and traveling for 68 miles southwest to the Pennsylvania–West Virginia border, this backroads cruise will change everything you ever thought about the Keystone State. The byway links together some of southwestern Pennsylvania’s most cherished public lands like Roaring Run Natural Area, Bear Run Nature Reserve, and Ohiopyle State Park.The Hike: Photographers, bring the camera for this one. The Meadow Run Trail is only three miles in length, so you won’t be far from the car, but the roaring Cucumber Falls will make you feel miles from the nearest anything. Get up early, or stay out late, to catch the falls in all of its golden hour glory. If the water levels are up, keep a lookout for kayakers paddling the rowdy section of the Meadow to its confluence with the Lower Youghiogheny.[nextpage title=”Read on!”]Red River Gorge Scenic BywayKentuckyThe Drive: Travel through the land of pioneer Daniel Boone on this 46-mile drive. Beginning in Stanton, Ky., drivers will arrive first at the Nada Tunnel, a 900-foot passageway used to transport logs by rail in the early 1900s. Now considered the gateway to the Red River Gorge, this tunnel is only wide enough for one car to pass, so take extra caution when driving through. From here, the byway continues alongside sandstone rock formations and the lazy Red River, a designated wild and scenic river, before ending in Zacharia.The Hike: The Red River Gorge itself is estimated to have over 500 miles of hiking trails, not to mention the nearly 2,000 rock climbing routes hidden among its endless sandstone cliffs and limestone rock faces. Hikers can still get a taste for the unique geology here without roping up. The Sand Gap Trail begins and ends in the Natural Bridge State Resort Park near the end of the byway. At 7.5 miles, this challenging loop, which utilizes part of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, will take the better part of a day, but is well worth the hard-earned solitude and access to the 78-foot long Natural Bridge.Roan Mountain Tennessee—North CarolinaThe Drive: Begin on either side of the state line. In North Carolina, take NC Highway 261. In Tennessee, follow TN State Route 143 to the entrance of Roan Mountain State Park. The drive itself climbs high into the Roan Highlands, crossing Carver’s Gap at 5,500 feet. Even in the dead of summer, visitors to Roan Mountain should definitely bring a jacket, as the higher elevations can be upwards of 20 degrees cooler than your starting destinations. This is one of the few mountain passes that is maintained year-round, so you can still hit the road if the temperature drops below freezing or there’s an unseasonably early snowstorm.The Hike: Roan Mountain is revered for its mountain vistas and treeless balds. Experience both by beginning at the Carvers Gap trailhead near the North Carolina–Tennessee state line and taking the Appalachian Trail north. Veer off of the white blazes onto the spur Grassy Ridge Bald Trail to climb up and over a total of three mountain balds. Soak in the distant mountain views of Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell in all of their autumn majesty before heading back to the car for a 4.7-mile out-and-back hike.Indian Lakes Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaThe Drive: Through sprawling farms and quaint art districts, unspoiled wilderness and mountain lakes, the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway takes visitors on a 60-mile tour of western North Carolina’s natural splendor. This two-for-one route connects both the Cherohala Skyway and the Nantahala Byway. Though it can easily be driven in a day, with multisport adventure pitstops like the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Fontana Lake, and Santeelah Lake, what’s the hurry?The Hike: Hike beneath the ancient boughs of the region’s few remaining old-growth trees at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. If you’re starting from Almond, N.C., this pristine chunk virgin forest is located around mile 41.5 off of the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway near Santeetlah Lake. An easy two-mile hike gets you into the heart of Joyce Kilmer, with the upper Poplar Cove Loop sporting the most impressive trees. Many trees here are over 400 years old and skyrocket more than 100 feet in the air.Mount Mitchell Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaThe Drive: Take exit 9 off of I-26W to begin your journey. Short of a few quiet mountain towns, this route is nothing but you and the open road set against a backdrop of soaring ridgelines and dense canopy. For 52 miles, this western North Carolina drive climbs up to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet, by way of N.C. 80 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Start out with a full tank, as the fueling options are few and far between once you start ascending.The Hike: A short hike en route to the summit is Roaring Fork Creek Falls. It’s only a half-mile to the base of this 100-foot cascading beauty, so there’s no excuse to pass it by. The dense canopy above the falls is pure magic when the colors are peak, so don’t get distracted solely by the allure of mountain landscapes. While you can and should drive to the summit of Mount Mitchell, you’ll never truly know how rugged the terrain is without walking it yourself. The 5.5-mile summit trail begins just past the parkway and climbs a grueling 3,500 feet to the top. A shorter option is the Deep Gap Trail, which is only two miles round-trip and begins and ends at the summit of Mount Mitchell.Cherokee Foothills National Scenic BywaySouth CarolinaThe Drive: Once used by the resident Cherokee Indians and early fur traders of centuries past, this 130-mile mostly country roads route is a Sunday driver’s dream. Riding along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highway 11 takes drivers past some of the Upstate’s gems like Lake Jocassee, Table Rock, Keowee-Toxawa, and Lake Hartwell State Parks. Don’t bypass the Table Rock entrance off of 11 without taking a shot of the granite monolith’s mirror reflection in Carrick Creek. No matter the season, the view here feels like a scene plucked from the Rockies, not the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Photo by Tommy White.The Hike: The hike to Table Rock’s summit is a classic and extremely popular on the weekends for the wide-open mountainscape at the top. But what’s even more appealing about this hike is the trail itself. Chugging for 2,000 feet over the course of 3.6 miles, the path initially curls through a hardwood forest littered with boulders, eventually morphing into dense stands of pine and hemlock. Avoid the crowds by coming when the weather looks iffy or early on a weekday. Having that formidable rock face to yourself is a powerful experience.Russell-Brasstown National Scenic HighwayGeorgiaThe Drive: Journey into the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, past the Bavarian modeled town of Helen, and up to Georgia’s highest point along this 40.6-mile north Georgia drive. The underrated Southern Appalachians here are magnificent in the height of fall, and driving along the byway you’ll have plenty of views of the mountains and piedmont alike.The Hike: Park at the Tesnatee Gap Trailhead off of the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway and head south on the Appalachian Trail. Immediately from the parking lot, the trail begins to ascend, switchbacking and becoming increasingly rocky for the next three-quarters of a mile. Though steep, the hike is short, and in just under a mile, you’ll arrive at the summit of Cowrock Mountain. Compared to Amicalola and Blood Mountain to the south, Cowrock as a destination is often overlooked but the views here are quintessential Appalachian. Continue for another half-mile past the official summit for prime sunset seats.last_img read more