Hiking is one of our favorite pass-times, but since we've moved to South Carolina we haven't really had a successful hike. We tried a couple of trails near Charleston, but they turned out to actually be flat sand paths through really low branches covered in pine straw....not my favorite scene.
So we decided to jump in the car and drive a few hours west to the central part of the state and see if the hiking improved with some miles and elevation. I can't say it was quite as fantastic as the northeastern mountains.....but it sure was better than beach trails.
The first adventure of our day - DETOUR. We figured the "Road Closed Ahead, Local Traffic Only" signs just meant they had pavement torn up or something...well...or something.
SO...we couldn't quite jump that gap...we thought about it though.
The trailhead for the section of the Palmetto Trail that we hiked was not well marked, so honestly we're not sure what section we ended up on, but we were trying to be close to the Lake Marion Passage.
The first half of the hike it rained, so I had my camera wrapped up under the rain guard on my bag...these photos are all on the way back. (It wasn't a loop trail). Megan did her usual few handstands in the field before the woods.
Aside from the spiders the hike was actually pretty entertaining. We saw snakes, bugs galore, dead snakes and possums, inch worms and ants, and three-legged dogs. It was quite the nature scene. Also we saw a deer for about 1/30th of a second.
The turtle wasn't phased by our paparazzi, he just chilled.
The wildlife was fantastic, and the trail actually had a few "hills" here and there, so it wasn't quite as boring as the coastal trail was. Gotta be honest, our buns were missing the burn of the New England mountains! We'll have to roadtrip there in the summer for real climbs.
The boardwalk on the way back was much less slippery, but still a bit treacherous...Dave decided bouncing on the semi-rotted boards while we were crossing was a good idea...
After nearly 10 miles of hiking we were definitely ready to make it back to our cars and take our soggy hiking shoes off...but when we got back I had to grab these few photos of the amazing trail head (once we finally found it).
Next time we're hiking in North Carolina so we can actually get into the mountains, but this was a pretty good little hike fix. (p.s. I SOOOO want to photo a wedding here!)
As with all great hikes we ended this one by finding a (somewhat questionable) place to eat afterwards and scarfing down as much food as they could bring us. This time we ate at a place called Old Guy's Italian Restaurant in Sumter, SC. When we pulled in we questioned our decision big time, but it turned out to be fantastic! The owner and his wife made fabulous food, and he was a hoot as a server. Clutchpoint....we got to watch Bad Boys 2 while eating. Score. If you're ever in Sumter, SC for some reason (I don't know why you'd ever be there...but your life isn't mine) you'll have to check out Old Guy's!
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