Today was a turning point…literally. This morning we headed left out of Hickory Knob State Park Campground, where we spent the last two nights, and watched as South Carolina disappeared behind us. Today marks the point of our trip when we get serious about heading west and eventually returning home to Oregon.
Hickory Knob was a perfectly fine place for our two night stay, although neither Reg nor I could put a finger on why we didn’t love it. Our site (pictured above) was tidy and spacious, surrounded by trees – I assume some were hickory trees – and the bathrooms were clean. I gave my hair a good sudsy wash and powerful blast from my blow dryer, which was a real treat!
From our campsite, we walked nearly all of the 7-mile Lakeview Trail Saturday morning, following a part of the shoreline of (controversially named) Strom Thurmond Lake, a 71,000-acre reservoir forming the border between South Carolina and Georgia. The sheer size of the lake is unbelievable and it appears to be a fisherman’s paradise. It felt good to lace up the hiking shoes and follow the blue markers along the dirt trail. As a reward for our enthusiasm, we lazed around the campsite for the rest of the afternoon!
This morning, on a road as straight as an arrow, we aimed for Asheville, North Carolina where we hope to stay dry during our four-day visit. As South Carolina vanished in the rear view mirror, we wondered what new adventures await us on the return trip.