This weekend we went for a short walk on a percentage of a 25 mile trail near the Chattooga River. I must say, all the signs about thoroughly freaked me out. There were the large permanent signs about recent drownings. There were all the signs about how to manage the bear traffic. There were signs about not defacing property, and there was defaced property . . . . The river and walk were nonetheless beautiful!
Yesterday evening, we went on another hike at Chau Ram Falls. We took a trail that was new to us. There was much to see. We saw the river, many beautiful flowers, and I saw lots of poison ivy along the trail. Gladly, we did not manage to bring any poison ivy home with us, though I did have a slight brush with it.
I walked over a small black and gray diamondy patterned snake, and I let Anthony know. He held back with the baby until the snake passed. We also walked into more spider webs than usual. Anthony said the spiders especially like to design webs in the evenings. He used a small branch to swipe the webs away from the trail.
Last night, Anthony, Shastya, and I took a trail that was new to us in the Clemson Experimental Forest. We really enjoyed it, and it is now one of our new favorite trails. We saw many beautiful flowers, trees, babbling streams, and a tranquil lake along the way.
At one point, against the backdrop of a pale blue sky, a canopy of delicate trees covered two paths elevated on either side of a clearing which had a flowing stream in it. The waters were peacefully winding their way down towards the lake. The layout, structure, and flow of the setting reminded me of a conservatory in Longwood Gardens, PA.
Part of the lake was covered with lily pads, reminding Anthony and I of Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Our lake in Clemson was lacking the gorgeous pink lotus blossoms that all the tourists were incessantly photographing in China.
On the way back, we saw a beaver effortlessly swimming along the shoreline. Baby Shastya took a nap during some of our adventures, but she loved looking up at all the tree tops and sky when she was awake.
I now have a new favorite park in South Carolina, Chau Ram Falls. Right in Oconee County, this park has it all: great hiking trails, waterfalls, flowers, swings, picnic areas, and a gazebo! We enjoyed the park on a bright sunshiny day! There were not too many people there, and not too few. Everyone that I saw was having a blast.