The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Photo Shoot

When Dodie  of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) called me last week and asked if I would participate in a project on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I was intrigued. The ACVB is doing a large project on several aspects of the Blue Ridge Parkway and I was going to be their “hiking” person. Yes, yes, I said.

“You realize that most of the hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway is on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail,” I said. “You know, those white circles on the trail that takes off from the road?”

Besides writing up several hikes, they wanted a photo shoot, including an interview and B-roll of me walking on the trail. I finally looked up “B-roll”, secondary film footage that they can use any place.

They wanted to have the interview on the trail. It all sounded good until the day of the shoot, which was today. It was 22 degrees at 10 am when I met Dodie, Cat, her assistant, and Jerred, the camera man, at the Arboretum.

Now 22 degrees is not bad if you’re bundled up and keep moving but neither were going to happen. They wanted it to look like spring or at least, not like we were in a deep freeze. I wore my ski pants, pants that I’ve never worn here in Asheville, several layers, a puffy jacket and hat and gloves.

Mercifully, we had the interview indoors at the Education building in the Arboretum. See the picture above.

We talked about the features that make the Parkway so special. I tried to mention the MST as much as possible. But they will edit the interview down and who knows how many references to the trail will stay.

But after an hour in a nice warm room, we weren’t finished.The picture to the right is me, Dodie and Cat.

We headed out on the MST just above the Arboretum. I had taken my daypack and hiking poles, just in case. I even filled my two water bottles to look authentic.

But they wanted me to look like I was hiking through springtime. So I took off my wool cap and put on my hiking hat. I wore my rain jacket instead of the down jacket and off came the gloves.

Back and forth, back and forth, I walked the same 100 feet of the MST, so Jerred could take the shots he needed. I was freezing. The temperature may have gone up another 10 degrees but it was cold.

It’s not easy being a trail model in the winter.


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