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Monday, July 18, 2011

A Week in the Carolina Mountains

We just returned from a week in the northwestern South Carolina mountains! We rented this adorable cabin on White Water Lake just outside Salem, SC. It was pretty central to everything! Oconee County boasts 22 waterfalls - we saw a couple of them and tons of State Parks. There is lots to do - Lake Jocassee is nearby, about 9500 acres and crystal clear.

Our cabin was perfect for two. One bedroom, one bath on the cutest lake!

We had a private dock and our own canoe. Joe even took me on a tour of the shoreline so I could get a good look at all of the neighbor's homes. I love looking at houses - maybe I should have been a Realtor - hey, there's still time and I do have a real estate license. Something else to do, later.

On Sunday, we explored the area including Devils Ford State Park and Whitewater Falls.

To our dismay, there is almost no where in the area to eat, except a little restaurant called Sisters (not open on Sunday or Monday and then closes at 2 p.m.) As a result, we made a grocery run and ended up eating at home most of the week.

Monday we drove the motorcycle over a mountain highway into NC to visit friends, Marc and Nancie who live in Hendersonville. They had some friends in town from Oregon, who were in for the Highland Games. Had a fun time walking around - did eat lunch out that day. The ride was beautiful, hot and fortunately, uneventful.

Tuesday we went whitewater rafting. I couldn't get us on the Advanced all day trip so we took their half day trip for seniors and kids. It was still a great time with one level 4 rapid that had everyone thrilled. Got a big face full of water but stayed in the raft. All the pictures were terrible or you'd get to see the expression on my face!

Wednesday we started off for Table Rock State Park and found ourselves getting directions to Twin Falls. That was a weird adventure. The directions took us to a place that didn't look like a place - there was only one car in the lot. Very creepy, for sure. Anyway, we are walking up the path wondering if we should turn around and came upon about 30 young campers. The falls were really pretty and worth the effort.

Thursday found us at Stumphouse Tunnel and Isaqueena Falls. Then we did some antiquing in Walhalla (not much of a town, but still fun). Our friends Marc and Nancie came and spent the afternoon hanging around at the dock.

Wow, our week is going fast. We thought we'd ride the motorcycle over to Cashiers and Highlands but the day promised nothing but rain so we took the truck, and Leiden. We had fun looking in all the shops. Bought a pair of earrings from a local artist and some dog treats.

Read a few books while I was there - Don't be a Yes Chick! by friends Molly Hall and Laney Lyons, 30 Days to a Well Mannered Dog by Tamar Geller , and a clicker training book for aggressive dogs.

Good to be home. Off again this week to Chicago for a WealthCounsel event. Then to DC to visit family. Joe's stuck with the pets.


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