Conservationist Jean Beasley is a living legend. Just like the sea turtles she rescues and rehabilitates on Topsail Island, she embodies resilience and hope. And when she releases her turtles back into the watery wild, those who are watching find themselves thinking of home in a new way.
If a walk in the woods meant peaceful meditation for 19th-century naturalists like Henry David Thoreau, it signaled danger for African-Americans. An outdoorsman is changing that narrative by leading Charlotte's Outdoor Afro hiking club on journeys to reclaim natural spaces.
In the shadow of Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County sits the Grimshawes Post Office, an eensy-weensy wooden building that old-timers fondly remember and newcomers visit on hiking excursions around Cashiers and Highlands.