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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!
Nothing more than the smell of oak leaves can trip a happy button in us at this time of year. Nothing more than a minute of intense color rippling across the lake. Nothing more than the sight of a bluebird perched on a fence post. It’s kind of ridiculous for so many things to make us so happy at a time when the world appears to be burning down around us, but there you go. It’s thanks-giving time, and the gratitude we feel for these simple daily pleasures is sincere. Gratitude, too, for all the smiles we've shared in our brief-but-spectacular meetings with you this year. Thank you. ~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.
For a period of time, a trading post and brickyard were in operation here. Click on this link to read about The History of Bricks
From the border of SC/NC on Hwy. 130, we'll head west on the Foothills Trail, then circle around Grassy Knob onto the Old Foothills Trail, and proceed to views along the top of Whitewater Falls before returning to our cars.
Upper Whitewater Falls (411' drop) on the Whitewater River- called Cha-ra-cha-lac-ta- the falls of the whitewater by the Cherokee
General maintenance on a section of the FT; location to be announced before the activity!
Just one of the many tasks necessary to keep the trails maintained. Thanks goes out to all the dedicated volunteers!
SC Botanical Garden Events
More Events Coming Soon!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
NOVEMBER 23, 2020
What a beautiful week it’s been on the lake. Brisk and breezy in the mornings during the first days of the week, but always calm with mild temperatures by mid-day, as it has been all week. And not a cloud to be found! Finally today, Saturday, some clouds have ventured our way, and rain is in the forecast for early in the week. Rain we need, it will be welcome, but a dry week in these parts is always appreciated as well. Birds are most everywhere on the lake. Our fine guide Zach saw 8 eagles on one tour! Loons were spotted in feeding frenzies around the lake, and I even got to enjoy one episode of crazed bathing, surely the most entertaining antic in the loon’s repertoire. The winter birdlife only gets better from here on throughout the winter.~B
Nearly all of what historians have learned about the first Thanksgiving comes from a single eyewitness report: a letter written in December 1621 by Edward Winslow, one of the 100 or so people who sailed from England aboard the Mayflower in 1620 and founded Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
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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