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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 by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Walking the Woods
Dry leaves crunch under my boots, announcing my arrival. I’ll not be sneaking up on wildlife, not this season, nor will I be sneaking up on He-Who-Sits-With-Rifle-Across-Lap, which is my point. As a kid I tried to sneak through the woods, hoping to get close enough to deer or rabbit or quail to surprise them. (Never happened.) Now, I’d just as soon let the woods-world know I’m coming. My woods are shared with coyotes and bears and copperheads. If woodland creatures want to hide in the shaded hollows and watch me pass, fine with me. as long as I don’t see them. She-Who-Walks-Loudly probably annoys the heck out of He-Who-Sits-With-Rifle-Across-Lap, and for that I apologize silently, smile, and walk loudly on my way.~K
Come join us for OSP’s first annual holiday light show! Drive through the campground for a unique holiday experience and stop at Santa's workshop to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. The drive thru light show will be in the wooded loop of the campground from sites 52-97.
Starting at Table Rock parking area trail will take hikers to Bald Knob and a steep ascent to Pinnacle Mountain. Follow ridge trail to Table Rock Trail to Governor's Rock and then continue to Table Rock for lunch.
We will hike across the Whitewater River and follow the Foothills Trail upriver to the Upper Whitewater Falls overlook. We will then backtrack downriver to a spur trail taking us to the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook.
Deep in the Appalachian soul reverbs the ancient melodies of the Celts; the Irish, the Scots, and the Scotch- Irish ancestors of Blue Ridge Mountain folk. These melodies joined with African American frolic rhythms of the slave folk as early as the 1700's to eventually create the well-known Bluegrass and Old Time mountain music prevalent in the Southeast today. We will celebrate this music heritage over a two week period in December while also paying homage to Christmas Markets around the world in a way that only Hagood Mill can.
SC Botanical Garden Events
More Events Coming Soon!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
DECEMBER 16, 2019
JOCASSEE WINTER BIRDS - THE HORNED GREBE. (Podiceps auritus) It’s not just about the loons this time of year, you know, although they are the star of the show. Though not related, horned grebes share much of the same behaviors with loons. Baby horned grebes ride on their parents’ backs, just like loons. They both feed on fish and crustaceans, but since the grebes are much smaller, they also feed on aquatic insects. Unofficially, horned grebes are the world’s cutest water birds. If a bird can be precious, well, this is the one, the one you want to catch and take home with you. They are oh so shy, but if you know just the right spots around the lake, you can kind of sneak up on them before they flush, thereby catching a good look at the water dance, their delightful means of getting out of your way. It’s quite a thrill, as is their call, which sounds like they are just cracking up in laughter! ~B
Do kids NEED to be outside? Of course they do! Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education offers school field trips into the Jocassee Gorges--by way of Lake Jocassee--to conduct hands-on investigations into the many wonders of this unique and valuable eco-system. These field trips are structured to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade SC State Standards. Public, private, charter, and home schools welcome!
On all SCDNR-owned WMA lands the removal of artifacts or ecofacts (including arrowheads) from the surface or subsurface is prohibited except when approved by the State Historic Preservation Office and carried out in accordance with their guidelines.
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.