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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Walking the Dog
It’s 36 degrees, and raining, with an occasional snowflake mixed in. Mica is giving me the brown-eyed stare down, because rain or not, she wants to get out of the house. I clamber into rain gear and we head to wet woods where numerous creeks shed through ravines, their banks covered with exceptionally bright green mosses. Turkey tail mushrooms -- and false turkey tails, too -- grow in orderly rows along the length of fallen trees. Wet weather has brightened the color of these fanned fungi and made them plump and pliable. Mica plunges through the creek and leaps over fallen trees while I shake water off my hat and try to find a warm place for my fingers. ~K
Beginning at Sloan’s Bridge Access on Hwy. 107, hike follows the Foothills Trail crossing the SC-NC state line moving from Sumter National Forest into Nantahala National Forest.The trail goes along the north side of the Chattooga Ridge and over the Grassy Knob as we hike toward Upper Whitewater Falls.Nice views of Lake Jocassee and Bad Creek Reservoir.
Starting at Chimney Top Gap Access just above Rocky Bottom, SC, hike follows the Foothills trail to the summit of Sassafras Mountain. This hike is mostly uphill to the top of Sassafras. We’ll enjoy a beautiful view. This will be a downhill stroll back to the cars.
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way!
Come Eat Before the Christmas Parade!Various Food Trucks, Artisans/Vendors with Handmade Goods, Tree Decorating in the Barn and more.Join us again after the parade for Entertainment, Sing-Alongs around the Bonfire and Refreshments.
Celtic music and dancers, Handcrafted Vendors, Tree Decorating in the Barn, Lighting of the Yule Log, Community Christmas Sing-Along and Santa’s Parade Back North.
SC Botanical Garden Events
More events coming soon!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
December 10, 2018
LEAVING? That’s the plan, taking our winter vacation this coming week, heading to the South Carolina coast, leaving one paradise for another. The problem is the loons. They are always a problem for me when I need to go somewhere this time of year. I mean by that even to the nearest Ingles. It’s a problem. I ran a short errand this morning only the find an ongoing loon/ring-billed gull feeding frenzy frantically underway right beside the dock at Devils Fork when I returned. It is likely that the lake is full of loons today, as migrating loons get down and out of the way when big weather confronts them, such as this weekend’s predicted snowmageddon. I want to sneak out at first light tomorrow morning, hopefully it will be snowing, to see just what our loons do on such mornings. So leaving? I’m not so sure about all that. ~B
Witch hazel, blooming now in a wild place near you!
DID YOU KNOW?
Like many mushrooms, the Turkey Tail mushrooms offers a variety of support for overall health and natural immunity. Unlike many other medicinal mushrooms, Turkey Tail mushrooms grow abundantly all over the world. In fact, they are some of the most common mushrooms on the planet. Scientists are now researching Turkey Tail more than any other medicinal mushroom for its ability to boost immunity and fight cancer. ~dailynutra.com
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.