Driving Downtown - Bethesda 4K - Maryland USA
Driving Downtown - Bethesda Maryland USA - Episode 34.
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Bethesda is a census-designated place just northwest of the United States capital of Washington, D.C. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. In 2014 it placed first in Forbes list of America's most educated small towns and first on Time's list of top earning towns.
Bethesda is a very wealthy and well-educated area. According to the 2000 Census, Bethesda was the best-educated city in the United States of America with a population of 50,000 or more. 79% of residents 25 or older have bachelor's degrees and 49% have graduate or professional degrees. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $117,723, and the median income for a family was $168,385. The average price of a four bedroom, two bath home in Bethesda in 2010 was $806,817 (which ranks it as the twentieth most expensive community in America).
Notable companies based in Bethesda include:
U.S. Headquarters of AREVA Inc.
Cambridge Information Group
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Coventry Health Care
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Digital Management, Inc.
Host Hotels & Resorts
International Neuroethics Society
Iridium Satellite LLC
United States Enrichment Corporation
Youth For Understanding USA
Wellness Corporate Solutions
Trace Armstrong, former NFL player.
Red Auerbach, former NBA coach.
Deane Beman, PGA Tour Commissioner and professional golfer.
Ezra Taft Benson, the Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower, and former president of the Mormon Church.
Wolf Blitzer, journalist.
James Brown, sportscaster.
Preston Burpo, former MLS player.
Patrick Byrne, entrepreneur.
Andrea Carroll, soprano
Michael Cerveris, actor.
Connie Chung, television journalist.
Colin Cloherty, NFL player.
Steve Coll, journalist and author.
Candy Crowley, journalist.
David Dobkin, director, screenwriter, and producer.
William Eacho, former U.S. ambassador to Austria.
Gregg Easterbrook, sports columnist.
Jo Ann Emerson, former U.S. Representative, Missouri.
Marc Flanagan, Emmy winning television writer/producer [IMdb]
Kenneth Feinberg, attorney.
John Feinstein, author.
Neal Fredericks, cinematographer.
Thomas Friedman, author.
Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Howard Gutman, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium.
Mark Halperin, journalist and author.
Steve Handelsman, journalist.
Laura Hillenbrand, author.
Antawn Jamison, basketball player.
Spike Jonze, director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.
Larry Kaufman, chess Grandmaster.
Greg Koch, former NFL player.
Ferenc Körmendi, Hungarian novelist and broadcaster
Tim Kurkjian, ESPN analyst.
Katie Ledecky, swimmer.
Nils Lofgren, musician.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, comedian and producer.
Justin Maxwell, MLB player.
Allison Macfarlane, chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Alice McDermott, author.
Martin O'Malley, politician, former governor of Maryland, former Democratic presidential candidate.
Periphery, progressive metal band.
Maury Povich, television host.
Mark Pryor, former U.S. Senator, Arkansas.
Giuliana Rancic, celebrity news personality.
Patricia Richardson, actress, Home Improvement.
James Risen, journalist.
Alexandra Robbins, author.
Cokie Roberts, journalist and author.
Richard Schiff, actor.
Dan Shanoff, sports columnist.
David Simon, author, journalist, and television producer.
Gordon Smith, former U.S. Senator, Oregon.
Daniel Stern, actor.
Jacob Tamarkin, mathematician.
Jeff Tremaine, director, screenwriter, and producer.
Mike Tyson, boxer.
Michael Wilbon, journalist, sportscaster.
Gedion Zelalem, professional footballer (soccer).
Blood Mountain Hike On The Appalachian Trail In North Georgia
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Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of 4,458 feet (1,359 m). It is located on the border of Lumpkin County with Union County and is within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blood Mountain Wilderness. There are several waterfalls, hiking trails and other recreational areas in the vicinity.
Two Indian tribes resided in North Georgia in the 16th century. By the late 17th century the Cherokee and Creek began to compete for resources and fought a battle on the mountain near Slaughter Gap. The Creek lost, ceding Blood Mountain to the Cherokee, who considered it a holy place. Archaeological evidence has been discovered that tends to back the story of the battle, but the date of the battle and its participants are still hotly disputed.
There are various theories on the origin of the mountain's name. Some believe that the name of the mountain comes from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians. Some people believe that it got its name based on all the lichen and Catawba growing near the summit.
The mountain drew media attention in January 2008 when 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson went missing from a nearby trail. Her body was later recovered some distance away. Authorities arrested Gary Hilton on charges of murdering Emerson. On January 31 Hilton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
Hiking and Recreation
This peak has scenic views from the large rock formations that top the mountain. There is a hiker's shelter at the top of the mountain maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and at the bottom of the eastern side of the mountain is a hostel and store (at Neel Gap, where the Appalachian Trail intersects U.S. Highway 19/129) at the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center. The summit shelter is a two-room stone cabin which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2013. The Walasi-Yi Center started out as log cabin constructed in the early 20th century by a logging company. It was renovated and expanded by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-38 into a larger stone building. The Center now houses a store; its breezeway is the only place the Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure.
There is a short (2 mile) but steep (1,800 foot elevation gain) approach trail to the top of the mountain from a parking area to the immediate north of the Walasi-Yi Center. This hike affords spectacular views as one approaches the summit but the final 1.5 miles (2.4 km), past the Flatrock Gap intersection with the Byron Reece Trail, is fraught with switchbacks. It is perhaps the most hiked segment of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Another approach is from the other side at Lake Winfield Scott via the Slaughter Creek Trail. This approach, which is easier to hike, has excellent campsites and abundant sources of treatable water.
Adjacent to the mountain are several boulderfields and stands of northern hardwoods and large buckeyes. Portions of the area were previously logged and now sport fast-growing tulip poplar.
Near Blood Mountain are DeSoto Falls Scenic Recreation Area and campground, Vogel State Park and Sosebee Cove Scenic Area. All are accessible from Blood Mountain by trail and road.