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Whitewater Rafting the Nantahala River in April

Overview

The Nantahala river is a scenic whitewater run that is full of great views and also offers some thrills. Nantahala is a Cherokee word which, when translated, means land of the noon day sun. the river is called Nantahala because of the steep walls of the gorge. The walls are so steep that some parts of the river only get direct sunlight for the middle part of the day. The Nantahala river is a relatively short river that runs from Lake Nantahala to Lake Fontana. The section that is actually rafted is on the last eight miles of the run. The sections above the commercially rafted section are popular fly fishing spots. There are also scheduled releases for whitewater kayakers who want some class IV-V thrills. The section that is commercially rafted is only class II with one class III at the very end of the run. This river is great for kids and first time whitewater rafters. Kids must be above sixty pounds to be allowed on the river. The water is below fifty degrees year round due to the fact that it is sucked from the bottom of the four hundred foot deep Lake Nantahala.

Nantahala River in April

What to Expect in April

April is the first true month of spring in the Nantahala gorge. The trees have started to gain their leaves and the gorge begins to bustle with life. Rafters should expect temperatures in the mid sixties most days. Depending on the year there could be some much colder days or some warmer days. Just depends on the weather. Whenever you are in the Nantahala Gorge there is a chance of rain showers. Especially in the spring and late fall, check the local weather forecast. If the weather man says it is going to rain it is up to you weather or not to hit the water. The weather is very unpredictable in this area of the mountains. It could just be a sprinkle or it could be a downpour for hours. It all depends on how the weather system reacts when it hits the rugged mountains. The river will not be very crowded in April as in June or July. This is due partly to the fact that most kids are still in school. It is also due to the fact that the air temperature is not to the point where most people want to jump into the fifty degree water. If you raft the Nantahala in April you are most likely just looking for some views and a relaxing trip down the river. If you are looking to cool off from the heat and have an exciting trip full of splashing and getting soaked, you should raft later in the season.

Lodging in April 

When searching for lodging in the mountains of western North Carolina you have a few different options. If you want to stay in a rental cabin, there are hundreds of options within range of the Nantahala gorge. The area surrounding Nantahala is full of very beautiful cabins to suit any desire or price range. Another great option is camping there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from that are inside the gorge and just outside of it. Each campground offers a different camping experience. The weather in April can be a little chilly. Getting down into the forties at night you should have either a camper or some cold weather gear.

Nantahala River

 

Snapwire iPhone App – Make Money Selling Pictures Online

Overview

Have you ever dreamed that you could have a second income in the field of photography? Do you take unique, high quality photographs? If so Snapwire is worth a try. Snapwire is a platform where photographers of all skill levels can compete in challenges posted by other users or corporations. The winners of the challenges win a cash reward offered by the challenge poster. 

How it Works

Snapwire allows its users to buy and sell photographs online. Depending on the level of the photographer and the size of the image the prices can range from five dollars to hundreds of dollars. The payment is made by a direct deposit to the photographers bank account. If your pictures are good enough and you enter in enough challenges you could earn a decent salary just through this service. 
 You start off by making an account and setting up your profile. When you create your profile you have the option to set a profile picture as well as a background header. You will enter a location where you are from and choose a style. You can choose up to ten styles so that other photographers can get an idea of your approach to photography. You can compose a creative statement as well to better describe your style. The second to last step in setting up your profile is to connect your Snapwire account to an Instagram account; if you have one. 
Now you can upload the money makers, your photographs. You can post whatever you want to your profile. When you first start out you will be at the Explorer level. At this level your photographs can only sell for between five dollars and seventy five dollars. Just posting the photographs on your profile won’t get potential customers eyeballs on the pictures. To really get people interested in paying for the images you will want to enter the images in challenges created by either other photographers or companies. A good strategy to use is to look at challenges that have recently been posted then uploading pictures to your profile that match the challenges as apposed to just posting random photographs you have taken. 

 Photo Editing

On the Snapwire mobile app for iPhone, you will also have a powerful photo editing tool that can be used to enhance your photographs and make them look more professional. There are preset filters as well as manual editing tools. The manual editing tools are some of the best you will find on a mobile app. The controls are intuitive and easy to use. You can turn a dull picture into something much more vibrant and eye catching. To adjust the different editing tools you just slide your finger to the left or right across the photograph. A dial of sorts will appear over the image to show you how much you have altered the picture. There is also a way to compare the original image to the edited image. This is done by pressing the button at the top center of the editing screen. 
After about a week of messing around with this app and service I have found it to be a very effective photo editing tool. It is now my go to app for editing my photos. Give it a try and you might just be able to earn a little extra money. 

How to Gain Followers on Any Social Media Profile for Free

Social Media profiles, weather they be for business or for personal use are an amazing way to express and promote yourself. Different social media platforms have different uses and audiences that use them. Some are used primarily for personal expression and communicating with friends while others promote yourself or your business in a professional way. No matter what social media platform you are using, you are going to want to gain a following. Depending on what kind of profile you are trying to promote on social media there are different reasons why you would want to do so. When it comes to actually gaining the following it doesn’t matter type of profile you have, the process will be the same. It is so simple and only requires time effort and an internet connection.

Why Gain a Following?

Business

Gaining followers for a business social media profile is an amazing way to get a business’s products or services under the eyes of potential clients or customers. The followers the business’s profile gains are obviously going to have an interest in the business or the business products. So when the business posts to social media, the post is going to be seen by people who are interested, which will have a higher percentage potential customers turn into customers than any other free marketing strategy.

Personal

Gaining followers for a personal social media profile is purely for entertainment purposes, although gaining enough followers for a personal social media profile could earn a small income, most personal profiles are for entertainment purposes only. The followers gained on a personal account will get the owner of the account more interaction. Whether this interaction is in the form of favorites on Twitter, Likes on Intstagram or facebook or some other form of appreciation, the owner will receive more of it.

How to Gain a Following

Paying

The easiest way to gain followers is through payment. You can pay for followers for your account by paying someone a certain amount of money depending on how many followers you want to gain. Although this method is fool proof and guaranteed to increase your number of followers, the followers are not real accounts and will not increase interaction or business. In reality they are just for show. The plus to looking like you have a large following is that people who view your profile will see that you have a large following and think that you must be posting quality material to have that large following. This could result in the person following the profile.

Another way you can pay for followers is to pay for a shout-out from a well known account. Some well known accounts with a large following will accept payment to share your profile with their following. When their followers see that they are “interested” in your profile they will view it and may follow you. This method is not guaranteed but will probably give you some followers. You must be strategic when choosing an account to give you a shout-out. If you are trying to advertise your business you should choose an account with who have a following of people who would be interested in what the your business can offer. If you are choosing for a personal account you must do the same but instead of offering a product you offer your perspectives or other material that you post.

Interacting 

The cheaper and more time consuming process of gaining followers is interaction. Interaction requires the owner to go through posts related to their profile and either like/favorite the post or comment on the post. This can prove to take a large amount of time and effort that most people do not want to put into gaining social media followers. Those people who don’t want to put in the effort end up paying for followers. For those who want to put in the time, the process is very simple. Just find posts with material that is related to your profile and either favorite/like the post, or comment something positive on the post. Ether of these actions will gain the persons attention and most of the time they will view your profile to see what you have to offer. If they like what they see they might follow you. Again this process takes a long time because you must interact with each post individually and not all of the people will follow back. This will lead to it taking longer for you to gain your desired amount of followers.

Give these methods a try and go gain some followers.