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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!
Critters on the move!
Ooooo… it’s not sssafe to go outside if you’re afraid of things that buzz, bite, slither, swim, scamper, crawl, fly, prowl, or growl. Critters of all kinds are on the move. Humans--which have the potential to be the scariest critters of all--are arriving at Caesars Head and Sassafras Mountain for the annual Hawk Watch. The first couple of monarch butterflies have drifted across Lake Jocassee. There have been recent loon sightings on Jocassee and Lake Keowee. This week we watched a bobcat catch its lunch; we watched otters play. Bald eagle sightings are more frequent. Soon enough we’ll hear reports of a deer swimming across the lake, or maybe a black bear. Spiderlings are catching early morning and late afternoon breezes to drift away on their gossamer threads. Collectively, we bid summer a fond farewell.~K
River otters are curious... as curious about humans as we are about them!
In cooperation with Beach Sweep/River Sweep of South Carolina, take part in this effort to keep our wetlands beautiful and safe for people and wildlife. At Table Rock, we will spend the morning removing litter from the shores of Lake Pinnacle and Lake Oolenoy.
This round trip hike starts at Persimmon Ridge Road and follows the Mountain Bridge Passage and Pinnacle Pass trails past Upper Gap, over Oil Camp Creek and up the 1000’ elevation gain to the overlook area.
Longer walk- Meet behind the baseball stadium to bird a variety of paved and natural surface trails. Shorter walk- Meet at the Spanco Drive parking area next to the old Conestee Mill and Dam to bird a section of the paved trail.
Join knowledgeable local astronomers at the Peak of Sassafras Mountain for some superb viewing of the planets, constellations, and satellites! The new observation platform on the summit has produced a spot that is excellent for viewing hawk migration AND astronomical observation!
SCNPS members only. Orders open online on the 17th (to be pulled on or after the 18th) and members will be notified when orders can be picked up. Appointments will be available for onsite visits. This will still be a virtual sale with contactless pickup as in the last two sales.
Medeola virginiana, a.k.a. Indian Cucumber Root in all its late summer glory.
Photo by Tricia Kyzer
Photo by Sue Watts
Photo by Kerry McKenzie
Don't forget, Lake Jocassee was built for the generation of electricty, and lake levels change during the day! In the time it takes to watch a football game, the lake can drop a couple of feet. (Must be all the extra electricity these gigantic TVs use.)
A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment gives Caesars Head State Park its name. Every fall, from the easily-accessible overlook atop the rocky peak of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, sight-seers are treated to the Hawk Watch program and a spectacular view that extends into North Carolina and Georgia.
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.