Charlotte is a city where you instantly feel at home, and that sense of home is depicted daily through socially shared #Charlottesgotalot posts from our residents and visitors. Each month, we’ll dive deeper into the story behind one such #Charlottesgotalot Instagram photo and the photographer behind the lens (or smart phone).
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from Michigan and right after high school I joined the U.S. Air Force, my first duty station was Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. I played competition paintball in the Carolina Field Owners Association (CFOA) and fell in love with Charlotte. When I got out of the military, I wanted to retire in Charlotte. It’s been 2 years since that decision, so I call CLT home.
What’s the story behind this photo?
I was at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for the fireworks on Memorial Day when a big storm rolled in and rained for about 10 minutes. When it was done, the sky looked incredible. I’m color blind, so know that when I notice picturesque colors, it has to be amazing.
Favorite places for Instagram-worthy photos in Charlotte?
The USNWC is always great for pictures, especially since there is always something different happening. My dog, a Husky/Pitbull mix named Sophia Bia, is a rescue dog from the Humane Society of Charlotte. We think WSNWC is a wonderful spot to be around other dogs, people and BEER.
Favorite thing to do in Charlotte?
I have to say — The Whitewater Center is my go-to spot in Charlotte! My dog loves the trails, and I love the atmosphere. It’s a great place to burn calories and get them all back again with a 16 or 24 oz. beverage. Then, just sit back and watch the rafting and kayaking.
What’s on your Charlotte bucket list – what haven’t you done yet, but you’d like to soon.
Next on my list: I look forward to being able to go to a Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte Hornets game next season. Right now, like everyone else, it’s all about the Carolina Panthers … Keep Pounding!
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