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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, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Pockets of precipitation drain to low spots along old roads long since abandoned by wagons and logging trucks. In a few short weeks, amorous wood frogs will gather in these puddles to do what wood frogs do. Afterward, egg masses will fill puddles like clouds of jelly, tiny tadpoles locked inside. Today, though, tannin-tinged water shows little movement beyond the reflected sway of a pine tree overhead. 2018 has been a damp year for the Jocassee Gorges, with one hundred and twenty three inches of rain recorded since January 1. Over ten feet of rain in this temperate rainforest, with a couple of weeks to go before a new year resets the measure. The ground is fat and squishy with moisture. Good for the frogs!~K
Loons are one of America’s most iconic, interesting and even amusing birds, and hundreds of them call Lake Jocassee home in winter. Join us to spend some up close and personal time with these entertaining characters, and learn what makes them so unique and beloved. There will be plenty of time to visit some of Jocassee’s beautiful waterfalls as well.
Follow Raven Cliff Falls Trail to Dismal Trail to Matthews Creek for great views of Raven Cliff Falls, then up river to Matthews Creek before crossing on the new bridge (no longer a cable crossing) to view the Cathedral.
Join naturalist James Wilkins each month on the full moon and experience the sights, sounds and sensations of nature at night.
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
December 17, 2018
WILD PLACES. I do believe Thoreau had it right when he said, ‘in wildness is the preservation of the world’. Wild places soothe the heart, delight the senses and inspire the mind. Jocassee is a wild place, even though the lake is manmade. Approaching the mouth of the Thompson River, winding your way up Howard Creek, or hiking across the Jocassee Gorges, you’ll have no doubt you are in a wild place, a wilderness. It is perhaps Lake Jocassee’s greatest virtue-it is an avenue deep into our area’s grandest wild place. So bring along your sorrows if you need to, your burdens. Bring them to the shore of Lake Jocassee or to your favorite Jocassee hiking trail and notice how all your problems simply dissipate. That’s the magic of wild places. ~B
Thumbs up to the Charlotte Sierra Club for making the best of a rainy day!
Photo by Linda Alley
Edge of weather on Lake Jocassee
Photo by Linda Alley
DID YOU KNOW?
You think this year's been rainy? Over 137 inches of rain were recorded in the Jocasssee Gorges in 2013!
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.