Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Fall Creek falls and Lake Hartwell
I'm having a sick day, this morning I HAD VERTIGO SOOO BAD, much better now but it means I feel bad enough to just sit in my chair with laptop in lap and do nothing much else! I really wish I had one of those little pad things, [add to the wish list] meanwhile I have this non active time on my hands may as well write up a few blogs about my recent trip and just schedule them to post...it beats twiddling the thumbs.
So I told you about Oak Grove, The Pleasant Ridge County Park, and then I headed out in the DLEX for 4 days of camping. I am not rigged with solar power and at this time of yr I need it just for the fans! So the girlz and I headed to Lake Hartwell State Park...its a huge lake...I had pre reserved a spot. #59!
But before we arrived at 59, we took a side trip to find (drum roll plz) a Waterfall, as you know it is my ongoing project...I'm really getting it down to the "strenuous", "Private Property", and "roadside" hikes.
an upstate Vineyard
With a bum knee this time I chose the roadside hikes...Drove up this narrow overgrown gravel forest service road, looking for some black n yellow markers-- went past due to overgrowth-- and drove a couple miles before saying "this is not right" and turned around when the thunder started I didn't want to be on a slippery mountain gravel road when the bottom feel out of those clouds...AND there it was the black and yellow markers! So we had a steep decent of about 75 ft down a rhododendron tangled hillside to get through till we found the Fall Creek Upper falls... I'm now using one of my old ski poles as a walking stick glad I had it along!
no problem for the girlz..
They frolicked while I photoed!
So checked that one off the list, there is a Middle and Lower section of this falls, but I decided to save those for another time, since the thunder and rain really came...so we headed for the park...lots of farmland along the way..these are the Appalachian foothills in the background
Does this ever happen to you? W#hat are the chances...an overloaded timber truck and a hay hauler with NO lights behind...on a curvy mountain road~
15 mph for miles and miles notice the double yellow lines...
Arrived got registered at the campground, we had a lake view beyond some trees...
I had a wee problem with the picnic table...
YIKES I hit it with my van, and it basically collapsed! I managed to roll it over and stick the legs back in place...but both seats had fallen off...oh well it kinda looked like a road-killed o'possum at this point!
got my camp set up anyways...very cozy! Air mattress pumped up and lays on top of the rear seat that is a fold down bed..its the most comfy bed its just right for my height....I have nice pleated privacy shades for all the rear windows...but I leave all the windows open as long as its not raining in.
Slept well...the storms circled around but spared us! It got down to the mid 60's so it was quite comfortable....Next morning....
Breakfast is ready! I watched a kingfisher hunt his breakfast
as I ate mine...I've got my single serve coffee pot, my hot plate with my small size pots n pans, my little tail gate folding table, and of course the screen room...its a real pain to set up, once you get one leg to slide up in place the rest go easy but it took me 1/2 an hr to get that first one going...the dogs had all the fun and I did all the work.....whew!
Flossie and Annie love the view...
End of Day 3!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.