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kohldad

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After last month's trip where I ended up meeting up with my sister for one night at Frozen Head SP in TN, we agreed to meet up soon. I could have taken the entire week off and had a long vacation, but decided instead to make two weekend trips. The first weekend was a solo 900 mile trip into eastern NC. The second weekend would be with the entire family and meet up with my sister. Going back and forth, my sister and I agreed to meet up in the upstate of SC/GA and finally agreed upon Devil's Fork State Park in the north west corner of SC. This park is located on Jocassee Lake and isn't far from Jocassee Gorges, Timmerman Wilderness Area, and Table Rock SP. With so much wilderness around, it makes a great base camp. Surprising we ended up not moving the trucks and spent the entire weekend relaxing and hiking within the park boundries.

About 3 hours up the road, we had our first good glimpse of the mountains as we crested the last hill on Hwy 153 before catching Hwy 123 in Easley.
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Jessica having a good time, especially as we near our destination.
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The girls decided since the weather was going to be great, they would take the tent along instead of squeezing on the dinnette. Fine by me as it meant more room in the TC.
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So, do you want BBQ Chicken or just S&P Chicken?
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After dinner, it was time to sit by the fire and catch up on things.
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All snug and toastie, ready for a long winter's nap.
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My sister's Bigfoot on the left, my little Lance on the right.
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In the morning, we took a short stroll to the day use area.
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Back at camp, we climbed up on the roof to look at the possibilities of adding solar to my Lance. Hoping to go with a DC compressor fridge, 300A/hr battery bank, and 2-100 watt solar panels, all in time for spring camping fever.
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After a little bit, three of us headed out on the 2-1/4 mile nature loop trail. Hey wait, who stole my hair?
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For some reason, I had a strong impulse to point. Hey look, older folks can't point as high.
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But I can still save the ladies from falling logs.
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Eventually, you make it out to a point between the campground and day use boat ramp. It provides nice views of the lake and a great place to take a break.
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All of a sudden these frogman popped up. The water in the lake is so clear, the diving schools love using the lake for the open water part of the class. It is common to have crystal clear view for over 10'
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Phyllis getting her photos.
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Heading back to camp.
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Back at camp, I borrowed her cargo carrier to see if I would like to get one. I like the idea of a deck and may eventually do something but it will definitely have to be a lot higher.
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Saturday evening was enjoyed sitting around the fire and more talking. With it getting dark early, we had a hard time just making it til 9pm before crashing. Sunday morning, we decided to walk over to the office before packing up.
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Saw this guy have a fun time swimming.
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The office and souvenoir shop.
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Another tree just begging to have it's picture taken.
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The gang. From left to right: me, DS, DBI, DW, DD#2, DD#1
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We headed home north on Hwy 11 which took us past some nice house on Lake Jocassee and on to Table Rock State Park. One day, I'm going to camp here and hike to the top.
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Near the junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 276, there is a little pull off with a nice roadside waterfall.
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Last treat of the trip before the 200 miles home, some peanuts from the roadside boiled peanut man. During nice weather when tourist are sure to be about, he is in the pull off by the water fall. His peanuts are usually very good. At least we enjoyed them for next 50 miles.
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Til next time I get a bad case of the camping bug . . .

* This post was last edited 11/17/09 09:56pm by kohldad *   View edit history


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nice pics and sweet 815.

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Nice trip. Glad someone is out having fun instead of being rained on all the time.


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Nice Pics. Makes me miss our Thanksgiving camping trips to Oconee State Park in SC.


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Very nice report, pictures and good fun with the family. How's that Lance815 working out for you? I had a 85watt solar panel installed on my Lance 815 and it does help.


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Nice Family's time ! Sweet colors ! Thanks


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Posted: 11/18/09 04:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice to have a Trip Report in November! Many thanks for all your hard work on this; well done.

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Great to know about that park. Enjoyed the family pictures as well as the site ones. Look forward to more of your trips. We are still repairing rot so your fun trip reports help!

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Thanks for sharing. It makes me want to go camping.

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If you have a boat, there are numerous waterfalls which make up this lake and are visiable from the lake. Whitewater Falls, flow from North Carolina down into Jocassee.
This is the first of 5 lakes on what becomes the Savannah River.

If you like to hike, you could spend your summer hear.


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