The blue circled area is the part of the state we explored. The red arrow points to all the wild and beautiful National Forest land between us on the coast and the SC lakes.
We haven’t found our home on wheels yet, so we stayed in Big Blue, our tent. The back part is our bedroom. The front has detachable curtains that open up to show off the view and it becomes the dining room/reading room/kitchen if it rains.
We cook on our Ohuhu stove which is fueled by twigs.
It gives off a surprising amount of heat and can boil a pan of water in less than five minutes.
We keep meals simple — chicken, broccoli, and rice here. Everything tastes good seasoned with fresh air, wood smoke, and a bug or two anyway!
If you leave the rain fly off the top of our tent, you can lie in bed and look up at the moon and the stars.
Our campsite faced Lake Marion for beautiful orange sunrises on the water and behind us was the pine woods where the full moon — the last Super Moon of the year — set each morning.
The Sinkhole Nature Trail in the park took us for a couple miles through the woods around several huge sink holes. Lots of spring happening here.
Don’t know what this plant is but I love all the little squiggly tendrils in there.
The dogwoods were just beginning to bloom.
They start out a delicate shade of green ...
and open to the whitest white.
Things have changed a lot since I was a kid when camping meant carrying all your water from a central location and using a primitive outhouse. Now there are very nice restrooms with hot showers, and a water spigot and electric outlet in each campsite. And wonder of wonders, South Carolina state parks even have WiFi available for campers, this one in a lounge over the beautiful lake!
I’ll be back in a day or two to show you some of the day trips
we made and the places we visited.