Bob Bessell has lived through a lot during his 102 years including The Great Depression and World War II. He has an inspiring story.
Anyone who has ever worked at a summer camp in the North Carolina mountains over the past 50 plus years will know the name, Diamond Brand. In this episode, we have John Delaloye as our guest. John is the CEO of Diamond Brand Gear and he chats with us about all that's happening with his company that traces its roots back to 1881.
Bev MacDowll is a bundle of energy. She takes on challenges head first. When most people her age are enjoying retirement, Bev is just gearing up.
We enjoyed welcoming Peter into Gary and Barbara's living room for this lively episode. Peter is a local conservationist, author, AT thru-hiker, and RVer.
We were pleased to have Lt. Colonel Larry Eblen (ret.) join us via Zoom for this episode. We talk about a lot, but the main focus is Larry's system for ranking non-alcoholic brews. See if you agree with his choices.
Gary and Mark welcomed Charlie Tucker and Joe Clarke to join them at Saluda Outfitters for an unauthorized Camp Mondamin reunion. You can only imagine how that turned out.
Charlie, Gary, Mark & Joe
We wrapped up a day of live podcasting at the DuPont Forest Festival with a lively interview with Kirsten McDonald. Kirsten is the Information and Education Supervisor for DuPont State Recreational Forest.
Danny Bernstein is a well-known author of a bunch of books on hiking and backpacking in the Carolinas. We met up with Danny this fall at the Forest Festival being held at DuPont State Recreational Forest. Check out the podcast.
We were pleased to have Sara Landry, the Executive Director of Friends of DuPont Forest as our guest for Episode 49. We recorded this episode and four other others at the DuPont Forest Festival held on National Public Lands Day.
We had Marco Knox with us for our second interview of the day at the Forest Festival held a month ago at DuPont State Recreational Forest. Marco introduces us to a couple of brews from Athletic Brewing Company. These beers are actually amazingly tasty non-alcoholic beers...and at only 70 calories. Check out the episode and then check out athleticbrewing.com.
We don't often get invited anywhere, but in a weak moment desperate for entertainment...the folks hosting the DuPont Forest Festival asked us to record some episodes "live" during their great event. This is the first of five shows we did that day. In this episode, our 47th, we interviewed Jeff Jennings, the Founding President of The Friends of Dupont Forest.
We had a lively chat with DeeDee during our last session. While Gary and I have been taking cover from COVID, DeeDee has been at her post as Director of Security or make that Insecurity at the Gary & Mark Podcasting University in Watershed. And without a lot of folks around, she was ready to let us know what she's been thinking.
We were pleased to be able to sit down with long-time outdoor educator, Steve Longenecker, and discuss just parts of his amazing experiences.
Photo of Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina is by: ucumari photography and is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Balliew, Head of Taproom Operations at Iron Key Brewing Company, for our latest podcast. They have set up quite an operation on the property and in the buildings of what used to be a North Carolina State Penitentiary. Gary was very excited about getting to "spend a night in the box."
Gary and Mark were finally back at Saluda Outfitters to record our first episode there in six months. We set up on the front porch and welcomed guests James & Andrew Greco to the show. They told us about their recent trip along "The Connecticut Hotdog Trail."
Gary and Mark met up with old camp friend, Scott Reed, on the tower at Camp Mondamin for our 36th episode. Scott, a financial advisor of the top order, gives our listeners and us some advice...and then Scott and Gary team up for some musical selections. Sit back and enjoy.
One year and 10,000 plus downloads later, we celebrated our first anniversary. Again podcasting via Zoom, we invited past guests to join us. We were pleasantly surprised that four guests dropped in. Check out this special episode with Dee Dee, Mayor Thomas, Lawyer Joe, and Angela. It was a good time.
We never expected Dee Dee would show up when we called over to the Dollar Store. She's working security. Sounds like she's moonlighting since she's supposed to be working security for the Gary & Mark Podcasting University. She's effective at what she does, that's for sure.
Don Silleman, the Gary & Mark Podcasting University Athletic Director, visited the show for this episode. And it’s a good thing. We were worried about our athletic program for the coming fall season. But, as is usually the case, Don has the answer to keeping the program active and on the cusp of greatness in the world of big-time college sports.
Mark, Don, and Gary taken pre-social-distancing.
This was one of those days we were happy to be socially distancing. This episode was recorded via Zoom and we had as our guest, Dee Dee, the gang leader of the W3 - Wicked Women of Watershed Motorcycle Gang. It was a rocky introduction but we'll try to stay on her good side. You can also find a video version of this on our YouTube channel.
Gary and Mark got together to record this episode from a proper social distancing distance. We brought in three guests via phone including Mayor Thomas, Mayor of Watershed; Joseph Clarke, the legal counsel for the show and university; and Frank Schell, a friend who happens to be a pickleball champion and is taking over that sport for the university as well as serving as the new tourism and development director for Rabbit Island Resort.
Left to right: Mayor Thomas, Joseph Clarke, Frank Schell
We have a lot going on in episode 27 and today we're recording at a new place to us, the Wakey Monkey Coffee Cafe in Saluda, North Carolina. In these times of investment markets swinging all over the place - we can save you 200 grand in about 45 seconds. We also had Matt Noller on the show, owner of the Wakey Monkey to tell us about his fine establishment. We throw in a history lesson and other assorted bits of fun.
Cat bullying of the elderly is a real thing. We can help. In this episode you'll also meet the newest hire at "The Gary and Mark Podcasting University" and learn about the event Dr. James Moore will be coaching, the Aluminum Man Triathlon.
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