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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!
Today there’s barely a ruffle across an oyster-water bay that extends to horizon and beyond. Barely a ripple as it laps easily against a shoreline edged in broken oyster shell. A few miles around the coastline from this sheltered bay, aqua-colored water pummels glistening white sand, and around the other way, a lagoon pushes through swamp into deep coastal woods. We’ve watched this big water be calm, ruffled, stormy, turbulent, and occasionally mirror smooth. Just like the water of Lake Jocassee. Time now to follow rivers north, to where they divide and narrow and spill forth from mountain rock. Homeward. ~K
Originally a military compound and later a trading post, this Historic Site offers both recreational opportunities and a unique look at 18th and 19th century South Carolina. Oconee Station, a stone blockhouse used as an outpost by the S.C. State Militia from about 1792 to 1799, and the William Richards House, are the only two structures that remain today.
William Richards House (1805)-foreground, Stone Blockhouse (1792)-background.
We will be doing a loop style hike incorporating the Auger Hole Trail, Foothills Trail, and the Canebrake Trail. This will be a 16.5 mile trip total, with camping near the Toxaway River suspension bridge in designated camping areas.
Heading home. Our other home, our most- of -the -time home. My heart loves both places with equal passion. Both are wild places, dominated by birds in the winter. Both are isolated places, just right for hiding out during times of pandemics. Both are dominated by vast expanses of water. And both have loons! Not so many in the wild place we go in Florida, nothing like the numbers on Jocassee, but they are here none the less. The Jocassee loons are calling now, announcing the beginning of their breeding season molt , and it is my job, my passion to catalog the changes. Plus, did I mention the no-see-ums here? I felt them for the first time yesterday, as clear a sign as any that it is time to depart wild Florida. I will miss the sunrises though. Haven’t missed even one for our entire stay. ~B
Hiking. The perfect exercise for social distancing.
Photo by Andrew Gleason
A fun new swinging bridge takes Palmetto Trail hikers over Eastatoee Creek!
Photo by Brenda Wiley
DID YOU KNOW?
CORRECTION! Sabal palmetto is in the family of Arecalaeae, order Aracales, class Liliopsida. Yellow Indiangrass is in the family Poaceae (grasses), order Cyperales, and class Liliopsida (monocots). Therefore Cabbage Palm is not a grass any more than you are a wolf or squirrel in the common class of Mammalia. So it is better to say a palm is more related to an orchid or a trillium or a grass than it is to a tree. Trees are is another class, Magnoliopsida (dicotyledons).~Dan Whitten
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.
Jocassee Lake Tours Depart from the Main Dock at Devils Fork State Park
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