Tar Heel Traveler


    Thanks for logging onto my site.  It’s a place where you can watch some of my favorite Tar Heel Traveler stories.  I have journeyed many miles for WRAL-TV, and I’m always amazed at what I find.  There are so many colorful characters and fascinating places around almost every bend.

    I’ve written about some of those stories in my book, Tar Heel Traveler:  Journeys Across North Carolina (Globe Pequot Press).  I had great fun writing it and packed all 214 pages with amusing anecdotes and vibrant photographs that celebrate the state.  You can order a copy here and sample an excerpt.

    I love to show Tar Heel Traveler stories at public gatherings, and you can request me as a speaker through this site.  I also help high school students write college essays, and I’m happy to compose poems and toasts for special occasions.  Click on the appropriate headings above for more information.

    Thanks again for logging on.  And thanks for watching - and reading - the Tar Heel Traveler!

- Scott Mason


The highway, oh the highway,.  No place, in theory, is boring of itself.  Boredom lies only with the traveler’s limited perception and his failure to explore deeply enough.

~ William Least Heat-Moon


A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.  We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

The best attitude to have going into a story is, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but whatever it is, it’s going to be interesting.  And as long as you have that attitude, you’re going to find what’s interesting.

~ Philip Gerard, Creative Non fiction

A story is a living and breathing thing.  You have to let it lead you by the nose as much as you lead it by the nose.”

~ Lincoln Child

“This is the way I figure it:  You have two choices in life.  You either die or do something with your time.  You’re going to be doing something -- why not write?”

~ James Lee Burke

A reader doesn’t want to hear what you have to say.  A reader wants to hear a story you have to tell.” ~ Lee Gutkind