Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium to WNC Nature Center

Rear hatch swing door allows good access to your supplies
Asheville's Wildlife Park
There is a current TV commercial about the 2018 EcoSport, and I can report that after driving the Titanium 4WD model up to Asheville, this compact SUV is just a neat vehicle with nice technology. Fun, capable and connected is the pitch from Ford Motor Co. and the EcoSport delivers. Heading up the Saluda grade into Western North Carolina, older cars were making their way to the right side lanes, but this Ford never tired of the fast lane. I utilized the 8-inch touchscreen to switch between navigation and satellite radio, heading for my first visit to Asheville's Wildlife Park.
EcoSport with moonroof crossing Gashes Creek Bridge

A public swimming pool facility adjacent to the WNC Nature Center was jam packed with folks looking to cool off in the summer sun. One keeps driving uphill to reach the Nature Center, which is nestled among a public soccer field complex and the winding Gashes Creek near Swannoa. The Southern Appalachian Mountains are the reason for this facility, and the desire to provide a connection between that ecosystem and the public, including an exhibit with over 60 species of animals on a 42-acre campus. The facility is run by the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Sync 3 Dash system features voice-recognition,
Apple Car Play, 911 Assist and Valet Mode
The Lightening Blue color and the ebony black leather seats go well together. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a 6-speed automatic with select shift run smooth, providing great gas milage that goes 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Push to start ignition and rain-sensing wipers are just a couple of the modern conveniences on this Ford. The air conditioning has a nee MAX A/C button that works well when just getting into a hot car that needs cooling, or perhaps roll back the moonroof to get a larger puff of outside air. You can't drive with the rear hatch swing door open, but when trunk access is required this is such a good feature - and not just your ordinary fifth-door option.

To view past blog entires about Ford Motor Co. click on 2017 Raptor

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 Edisto Shark Tourney and No Rules Offshore Results

Saltwater anglers in two Colleton County tournaments on Saturday June 9 battled rain and rough seas in order to reach their respective fishing holes. While the winds were not enough to cancel either event, Mother Nature often plays a role in success and that’s why they call it fishing. The big fish at B & B Seafood for the No Rules tournament was a 37-pound dolphin, and the heaviest entry at Edisto Water Sports was a Tiger shark that tipped the scales at 569-pounds. 


The 2018 Shark Tourney marks the ninth year for the annual weigh in at 3731 Docksite Road, and every year the weigh-in attracts a large crowd. Trucks, cars and golf carts occupy every bit of pavement and sand in front of the Edisto Water Sports tackle Shop and full-service boating dock. Tournament T-shirts sales and kayak rentals are brisk all day long as fans wait for the 3:30 start time, not knowing when the biggest shark will arrive at the dock. Twenty-four boats fishing in the shark tourney brought six sharks to the scales to weigh-in.

Meanwhile, the Mosquito Creek boat ramp was packed with the 30 boats fishing the No Rules offshore tournament at B & B Seafood. The biggest offshore fish brought to the 6 p.m. weigh-in earned angler Mike Araneo and the Dealer’s Choice fishing team the $3000 first place prize. Capt. Scott Rizer, Bolegs Warner, Jimbo Warner and Madison Utsey rounded out the adult crew, and two youth anglers were also aboard. Charlie Walker and Cayson Warner had a big time filling the fish box with slinger dolphin that helped Dealer’s Choice win the aggregate prize with 305-pounds of fish, good for a $1000 pay day.    

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about the Edisto Shark Tourney click on 2017 2013 - 2011

To view past blog entries about the No Rules tourney click on 2017 - 2013

To view past blog entries from the Edisto Billfish tourney click on 201720162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

To view past blog entries about the Jim Bost Memorial click on 2017 - 2016