COMMON LOONS, UNCOMMON WATERFALLS.
Gavis immer, the common loon, has been around
our home planet for nearly 5 million years, looking just about like it does today. It can dive down to at least 200 feet deep, and swim around for over 5 minutes. To watch a video of a loon swimming is to ask yourself, What the heck is that? You would not, I don’t believe, think you are watching a bird. Loons can live for at least 30 years and return to their same exact nesting and winter grounds every single year. So, what’s so common about it? Absolutely nothing at all. Nor is there anything remotely common about the waterfalls of Lake Jocassee and all along the Blue Wall this year, thanks to 2018 being one of the rainiest years in recorded South Carolina history. Gorges State Park, at the top of the lake, recorded nearly 137 inches. To put that in layman’s terms, that’s over 11 feet of water. 11 feet. And that, my waterfall-loving friends, produces eye-popping, foaming, frothing, booming waterfalls. Now that it’s February and some mild and sunny days should begin to appear, watch for our All-The-Falls tours. We’ll show you 14 and more waterfalls all in one 4-hour tour. It’s a zoomy tour, but oh, so worth it! Be sure to bring your camera along. ~B