One of the great things about living in a big city is the number of attractions that can be found close to where I live. One of them is the US National Whitewater Center located at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway right here in Charlotte (usnwc.org). This center has many outdoor activites including “whitewater rafting, kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour, and mountain biking on their 25+ mile trail system”.
The day I visited was in the middle of winter and the whitewater activities were closed but you could still sign up for zip-lines, rope courses, rock-climbing and mountain biking. Some people like to watch from the sidelines or just take a walk around.
The whitewater center is a great place for kids to get active.
The US National Whitewater center takes safety very seriously and this smiling face belongs to one of the people who makes sure that you have a harness and helmet and that each fits you securely.
Here is a young man making his way through the elevated ropes course.
As you can see from a vantage point below the ropes course, the participants work their way through the challenges, moving from platform to platform.
Photographically speaking, all the photos in this blog were taken with a Nikon D300S, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5/6 lens, 1/400s at f/14. to prevent motion blur I used a relatively fast shutter speed. Shutter speed is an important consideration when you are photographing sports activities.
Once the whitewater events begin in early March, there are many more activities to keep you busy. Here is a photo I took years ago at the Whitewater Center but I’ll bet it looks the same now.
It looks like fun, huh.
Come back next week when I will focus on another town in the Charlotte vicinity – the Town of Belmont.
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