|Well, here I am again in the swamp on another beautiful hike. Today, I am again joined by my 1st cousin and this |
time, she brought along her husband Jim to join in on the fun.
The weather looked great so we decided to head for the river again. This is a long hike (over 10 miles) so we
were in no hurry to get there. What my two hiking buddies didn't know that was that I had a surprise waiting
for them once we got to the sandbar along the Congaree River where we planned on stopping for lunch. The
"surprise" -- a bottle of Merlot wine complete with glasses to enjoy a unique "lunch in the swamp."
The trail today was much different from when Cindy and I were hiking here back in May. Today, we found that
there were a lot of down trees that blocked the trail in several places. The closer we got to the river, the more
overgrown the trail was -- the grasses and weeds being over 3 feet high in lots of places. I do not like hiking on
trails where I can not see the ground where my feet are stepping. I led the way and when I was not knocking
down spider webs, I was whacking away at the trail through the tall grass to make a path and to "encourage" any
local inhabitants -- like a huge water moccasin we stumbled across at one point -- to move out of the way.
Our time down on the sandbar was great and we enjoyed a great lunch. I doubt that anyone else has ever
plopped down on the sandbar and enjoyed home-made pimento cheese sandwiches (made by Cindy) with Merlot
wine to quench the thirst. Yeah, I know -- wine on a hike -- but hey, it WAS good!
Soon, we were rested up and ready to head back. This trip had allowed us to see several snakes -- and one that
would not move out of our way and I had to use my hiking stick to "prod" it over to the side -- several ferral
hogs feeding near by and a few birds here and there. We finally made our way back to the visitor center. We
had been on the trail well over 7 hours and we were happy to be back.
After saying our good byes, I headed back to my hotel room and soaked in the Jacuzzi tub in my room for over
an hour. And yes, I enjoyed a few adult beverages while I soaked in the hot water and felt the jet streams
working miracles on my aching hips and legs.