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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
One fine clear day we leave earth to soar over the Jocassee Gorges. Exhilarating to see from a new perspective, humbling to realize how little of this landscape we truly know. Orogeny piles over epoch in these worn and rumpled hills, and the story they tell is an endless mystery. Mountain is rock: these mountains are some of the oldest earth has to offer, but even rock is not what it once was. Change is constant. ‘Tis a wonder to behold, from above, on a fine clear day. ~K
Come join us for OSP’s first annual holiday light show! Drive through the campground for a unique holiday experience and stop at Santa's Workshop to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. The drive-thru light show will be in the wooded loop of the campground from sites 52–97.
Join us for our bluegrass jam sessions, held monthly at the TR Lodge. Local musicians are invited to come out, bring their acoustical instruments, and play along. The jam sessions are free of charge and refreshments will also be served.
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour, the fruiting room, and research overviews. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation--to--soil creation will be discussed along the way!
Holly Springs Center/South Carolina Arts Commission
Now is the time… to meet, chat, and consider what 'could be' for South Carolina’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. During Canvass of the People 2020, input is being gathered in public forums like this into March 2020.
Walk in the woods with us on these Full Moon Evenings. We’ll have a brief connect, and then proceed into the forest. The magic is shy so we will be silent to invite non-verbal communication. Afterwards we’ll share our experience with a potluck. Anyone wishing to bring instruments is welcome!
Our hike will take us to the Middle Saluda Passage to hike about 5.1 miles from the Raven Cliff parking area to the Jones Gap Visitor’s Center with Phyllis Stoker leading.
SC Botanical Garden Events
More Events Coming Soon!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
DECEMBER 9, 2019
It’s vacation time for our little company, and Kay and I are heading south to another place of wild wonder and beauty, Indian Pass, Fl. When I lived in that part of the world, I used to say ‘never north of 98’, referring to my desire to never venture past the shore side of Hwy 98, which meanders along Florida’s lonely Big Bend coast. Now my mantra is ‘never east of 11’, as Lake Jocassee owns my heart, and I never want to travel much east of Hwy 11, and really not much farther than the closest Ingles. It drives Kay a bit crazy, this go-nowhere husband she ended up with. The problem is, I love any truly wild place we visit. You see the danger. Once I come upon a new wild place, Kay is faced with having to drag me away when it’s time to leave. Fortunately, Jocassee is the most compelling, diverse, wildly beautiful place I have ever lived, so Kay is safe. I admit to loving our seasonal forays to other wild places, but I am always aching to come home. ~B
Do kids NEED to be outside? Of course they do! Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education offers school field trips into the Jocassee Gorges--by way of Lake Jocassee--to conduct hands-on investigations into the many wonders of this unique and valuable eco-system. These field trips are structured to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade SC State Standards. Public, private, charter, and home schools welcome!
Call Kay at 864-280-5502 for more information.
HIKING? WEAR ORANGE! IT'S HUNTING SEASON!
DID YOU KNOW?
While exploring inland along the northern coast of Florida in 1528, the members of the Narváez expedition, including Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, found a Native American village near present-day Tallahassee, Florida whose name they transcribed as Apalchen or Apalachen.The name was soon altered by the Spanish to Apalachee and used as a name for the tribe and region spreading well inland to the north. Pánfilo de Narváez's expedition first entered Apalachee territory on June 15, 1528, and applied the name. Now spelled "Appalachian," it is the fourth-oldest surviving European place-name in the US.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.