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In that sliver of time between rain and more rain, we walk. The ground is squishy, water drips from every tree. Rivulets of rainwater drain across the asphalt road, disappearing into unmown grasses and wildflowers. Patches of lichen shine silver on damp tree trunks; patches of bright green moss spill over a bank cut through by heavy equipment decades ago. Sparkleberries sparkle with loads of tiny white flowers on branches bent and crooked, but few bees are visiting on this damp, unseasonably cool day. Light rain begins to fall, and on we walk, indulging in an empty road and delighting in the smell of fresh clean air. ~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.
The format of the meetings is intended to be casual and social. We typically have a speaker, who gives a presentation on a mycological topic of his or her choice, and also discuss recent fungal finds, arrange the upcoming foray, work on identifying specimens, etc.
Visitor capacity at our Walhalla location will be limited to 10 guests at a time. We will not be scheduling private group tours in excess of these facility capacities until further notice. Visitors are encouraged--but not required--to wear face masks when visiting our museums.
General maintenance on a section of the FHT. An email will be sent to everyone on the volunteers list before the activity, confirming the time and location.
Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication in keeping the FHT so well maintained.
SC Botanical Garden Events
Classes Cancelled Until Further Notice.
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JOCASSEE WILD OUTDOOR EDUCATION!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
MAY 25, 2020
It sure seems like an early Memorial Day this year. Traditionally Memorial Day is considered the first day of summer, but that’s far from the case astronomically. The weather this week favors the astronomical definition. Cold, windy and rainy through much of the week, only yielding this weekend to more summer appropriate weather. This Saturday the dock is busy, as is the day use area, but nothing like the news reports of crowds at the beach. It still feels safe and cautious. I hope that will hold when summer really arrives. And the good news? The mid-week inclement weather brought quite a few migrating loons to rest on Lake Jocassee. I counted 25 in just two groups, and others of us brought in news of other sightings. It is entirely unusual to see more than a few loons this time of year. For you loon lovers out there, loons this time of year are likely younger birds, not yet ready for breeding, who winter along the Atlantic coast as far north as Newfoundland, and in interior northern lakes as well. The day to day joy of life on Jocassee is knowing that once you have left the dock, you absolutely never know what you’re going to see. It’s always an adventure.
SWIMMER’S REPORT. Oh so close. On sunny days the surface water temperature is reaching 70 by the end of the day. Kids are swimming today, this finally sunny day before Memorial Day. The adults? Not so much.~B
Lake Jocassee holds both the brown and rainbow trout SC State records. The brown trout SC State record is 17 pounds 9.5 ounces and the rainbow trout SC State record is 11 pound 5 ounces.
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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