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A New Kayaking Adventure!

A New Kayaking Adventure!

You know how you hear about a place, and you scope it out online, and you wonder if the real thing looks anywhere near as gorgeous as it does online?  Yeah?  Well, THIS place delivered!imageWe recently heard about George L. Smith State Park and decided to check it out this weekend.  On Sunday we loaded up the kayaks and a picnic, went to the early service at church, and then headed out on our adventure.

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Sesqui: Come Out & Play!

Sesqui: Come Out & Play!

I love the tagline for South Carolina’s State Parks:  “Come Out & Play!”  How perfect is that!  My husband and I decided to do just that by camping at Sesquicentennial State Park last weekend.  Sesqui (as the locals call it) is near Columbia, South Carolina, and it’s lovely.  I’ll keep words to a minimum on this post.  Enjoy the photos of this beautiful park!

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This is the beginning of the 2-mile trail around the lake.
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The trees on this part of the trail are just stunning.
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I like the reflections in this picture of the pond.  It’s hard to tell where the trees end the the reflection begins!
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The trail around the pond is paved, so it’s stroller-friendly.
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There are benches along the trail…
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…and the trails are well marked.  (If you’re on the white trail, you follow the white arrows.)  There are hiking trails as well as a mountain bike trail.
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biking Sooooo pretty!  And peaceful!
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Campsite sweet campsite!  (Watch for a future post about how to get started camping.)
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The park offers very affordable rentals for canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and stand up paddle boards.
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This was my first time canoeing!  When we kayak, Gene and I each have our own kayaks, so I wasn’t sure how sharing one boat would go.  We had a great time and were still speaking to each other when we got back to shore!
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We enjoyed our weekend at Sesqui!  It’s perfect for a day trip or a weekend camping trip.  Check it out!

Do you have a favorite state park?  Share in the comments below so we can all get some good recommendations!

 

Come Out & Play in your South Carolina State Parks!
Come Out & Play in your South Carolina State Parks!

Sunny Saturday: Kayaking

Sunny Saturday: Kayaking

Today was a GORGEOUS 76-degree morning, so Gene and I loaded up the kayaks and headed to King’s Ferry Landing on the Ogeechee River.

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Getting ready to put in.
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See how I strategically put Gene between the bank (and potential alligators) and me?   I am a smart woman!

 

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Approaching Interstate 95.
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Paddling under I-95. Not my favorite part of the morning!  It’s spooky under there…and loud!
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Taking a quick snack break before heading back to the landing.  The forest is beautiful in this area!
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Row, row, row your boat!
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Here’s what my Fitbit had to say about the morning!

We love being out on the water!  It’s both relaxing AND a great workout.  Multi-tasking at its best, I say!

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