Big Mama
Henri Deschamps
Cycle Cross Race Bur Mill Park
Mt  Mitchell Ultra Challenge 2010
Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock

"Big Mama", owner of Big Mama's Restaurant in Winston-Salem (NC) readies for her business day by unpacking groceries from her stretch Cadillac.

Henri Deschamps, proprietor of the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis (NC) poses with another of his favorite hobbies, his signature Porsche.

Posture and stance are everything as they have been for Kevin Ziemba, a now-retired district facility manager, for the Blue Ridge Parkway - near Little Switzerland (NC).

Randy Shields, a nationally ranked bicycle rider from Winston-Salem (NC) has joyfully spent most of his adult life on a bicycle. He competed in 2011 at a regional cyclo cross race at Bur-Mill Park in Greensboro (NC).

In 2013, he took second place for his age group in the World Competition for Cycle Cross in St. Louis, Missouri.

Robbie Watts, a volunteer with the Black Mountain (NC) fire department annually leads the rescue support efforts for the Mt. Mitchell Challenge - a running race from the town of Black Mountain to the top of Mt. Mitchell and back during the month of February.

Amy Renfranz, a seasonal interpreter for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Parkway "Employee of the Year", documentary writer, and graduate of the esteemed Yosemite Institute leads a walk at the Moses Cone Memorial Park.

Judy and Bill Carson, and Bill's sister Truby (seated) have through their Altapass Foundation become known as the founding and perpetual saviors of the Historic Orchard at Altapass. Harley Jolly, the Parkway's most noted historian, refers to this section of the Parkway as its most historic.

The leaf season and the fall of the year bring more visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the level that most fire and rescue stations can expect a "call-out" over a busy weekend. Here Jacob Allen, a fireman for the Cruso Fire Department, and "Fireman of the Year" enjoys the afternoon sun at the firehouse while anticipating the emergency call that is expected to come.

Kevin Adams is an author, photographer artist, and speaker specializing in landscape, night, and waterfall photography. Here he leads a photography workshop from the Wild Acres Retreat Center near Little Switzerland, NC.

A decade ago, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina were particularly concerned about the diversification of their work forces as well as their visitors. The concern has now disparated with more and more minorities, particularly Hispanics, who have found the parks to be great destinations for recreational activities with their families, such as this location of Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest.

Lori White is a contemporary realist painter and active environmentalist who has transitioned from a successful career as a scientist. Her specialty themes are landscapes and still life, and enjoys painting plein air as here at Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her gallery, Tipping Paint Artists is located in Raleigh (NC).

The Pisgah Inn (Milepost 408) on the Blue Ridge Parkway is very dependent on temporary summer employees. Most often college students provide the majority of work force at this popular destination. This employee, who also serves as the pastor for Sunday morning worship services in the campground, runs daily to help maintain his spiritual and physical fitness.

The U.S. Forest Service uses skilled personnel to provide for visitor safety as they do at one of their most popular recreation areas in the Pisgah National Forest - Sliding Rock. Life guards who work seasonally are the backbone of the support staff who help insure visitors have a safe and fun experience.

Tina White is a district interpreter for the Blue Ridge Parkway and a Parkway "Employee of the Year." Taxidermy specimens are often used to assist rangers to help visitors understand the local ecology as here at the Linville Falls picnic area.