Exploring SC

Kayaking Triple Falls at DuPont State Forest

No, I did not kayak the falls. You should know me better than that.

I did not kayak, and I didn’t fall. Okay, I did fall once, but that was later in the day at Lake Julia.

On Saturday, I headed up to DuPont as I do many weekends these days. I parked at Hooker Falls and headed up the Triple Falls trail towards – you guessed it – Triple Falls. As I approached the bottom set of falls, I saw a guy carrying a kayak up the stream towards the falls and thought to myself, “Well, this might get interesting.”

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Exploring SC, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Well I tried to hike this weekend

#Snowmageddon2016: After working from home on Friday, then staying inside binge-watching Jessica Jones all day Saturday while the Upstate de-iced, I was itching to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors. It didn’t go so well.

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Exploring SC, Photography

The Story of a Photo – One Magic Morning

A week ago, I made another trip to DuPont State Park on a morning that Greenville was completely fogged in. As I wound up the road to Caesar’s Head, the sun suddenly burst through the fog and nearly blinded me, but I also knew immediately that it would be worth stopping at the Caesar’s Head overlook. And I was right.

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Exploring SC

Catching Up October

The end of October and first half of November have been a bit crazy for me, so I’m lazily going to drop three weeks’ worth of images into one post. There is some precedence here.

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Exploring SC, Great Smoky Mountains

Newfound Gap Road & Blue Ridge Parkway

I made the drive from Michigan down to Gatlinburg after leaving the girls at the Tree Climbing Championships on Saturday. After having such a phenomenal trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year, I was excited for my first return to the park, even though it would just be a quick drive. I hit the road just after 7 on a Sunday morning with permagrin as I made my way into the park.

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Exploring SC: Blue Ridge Parkway

I’ve hiked nearly every weekend day since I moved to SC except when I was out of town or had guests, but I was feeling a bit worn out when I got up Saturday morning, so I tried to think of something else to explore. That’s when it hit me: the Blue Ridge Parkway is only an hour away.

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Exploring SC: Pinnacle Mountain

Astute readers have by this point noted my ridiculous love affair with Table Rock State Park, but I am not ashamed. Since I did my hike up to Table Rock Mountain back in June, I’ve been itching to hike the other main trail there, which is Pinnacle Mountain Trail. I finally got to it this past Saturday.

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Exploring SC: Greenville Zoo

Coming from Grand Rapids, where our zoo is great but small, we didn’t have super-high expectations for the Greenville Zoo, which all the locals here say “Nice, but it’s small” when asked about the zoo. We actually liked it a lot, though – not every zoo has to be like D.C. or San Diego.

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Exploring SC: Frankie’s Fun Park

I took Thursday and Friday afternoons off while my guests were here, and we visited one of the three Greenville County water parks,  Otter Creek. We had a great time until we were chased away by a thunderstorm that caused them to clear the park. No photos taken at the water park, so that’s all you’re hearing about that (same for our trip to a second water park a few days later).

On Friday afternoon, we decided to take enormous truckloads of money to Frankie’s Fun Park, where they were exchanged for a minor and temporary reduction in whining and complaining. Really, it was fun, but it was expensive.

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Exploring SC: Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Despite the fact that I finally had gotten my girls down to South Carolina for a visit, I still had to work once Monday rolled around. While I spent the day slaving away at the office working for the man, Rachel, Aly, & Leah headed to the Children’s Museum of the Upstate in downtown Greenville.

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