My job with this column is to tell lyou how life is going each week on Lake Jocassee

My job with this column is to tell you how life is going each week on Lake Jocassee. Unfortunately, the lake is closed to the public, so I think I’ll use my allotted space to review the governor’s stay-at-home order, for all you outsiders out there. You can’t get on state lakes, rivers and beaches, unless you are fortunate enough to own a home on such properties. Then you can do pretty much do what you want. Unless, of course, you want to go Lake Hartwell, or any other Corps of Engineers lake in South Carolina, where the campgrounds are closed but the boat ramps are open. Am I helping to clear up all the confusion? How about this: according to the governor’s order, you’re to stay at home, unless you want to take a walk or ride a bike in your neighborhood. Or go to ‘essential’ businesses, which includes liquor stores and smoke shops. Of course. The SC DNR’s public statement interpreting the governor’s order says we can hunt and fish on state lands and waters, as long as you can find a way to get there, and as long as you maintain the recommended social distancing. As for hikers, well, we have been left out of the conversation. Personally, I consider walking as hiking and the Jocassee Gorges my ‘neighborhood’, so I think I’ll go walking there on this fine spring day. If you happen to see me, be sure to keep your distance. ~B

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