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Old 03-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #2031
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I was determined to get down to what beach there is here, and dared myself this afternoon to go down the very steep incline to a bit of sand, rocks and clear water.....made it down slowly, sideways, without slipping and falling, threw sticks into the water for Lily to fetch...she had a blast, tho doesn't know she can swim so will go only as far as her head is above water ......then, back up.

Nothing to hold onto, and if not a 45 degree incline down it is pretty darned close.

But, not wet today and so not as intimidating as Tuesday when I first looked at it.

I did it.

Lily is exhausted.


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Old 03-17-2016, 07:54 PM   #2032
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Glad you both made it to the swimming hole! You can also use the divers boat ramp as you can just walk down to the water. Sometimes the ramp gets slippery though. When leaving the camp area turn left {head away from the ranger office} & I think you can see it down the road on the left. The ranger can tell you for sure. No boats allowed on that ramp.

Wish we were camping there! . My dogs were so tired after playing on the beach at Edisto. They did leave bunches of sand in the car though. It looked like they emptied their pockets.

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Old 03-17-2016, 07:59 PM   #2033
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I do know about that Edisto sand, tho I think Lily rinsed the last of it out of her today in the lake.

This is a lovely place, Jane, and thanks for recommending it.

I suspect Lily-in-the-lake will become a daily event while we're here.


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Old 03-18-2016, 10:10 AM   #2034
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Our second walk of the day was thru the campground and down to the little rental place by the lake, where a large tent is set up.

I thought, perhaps a wedding tomorrow?....no, it is the Oconee Bellfest, a festival celebrating the Oconee bells, this flower that grows along a trail here in the park.

Music, crafts, food, the usual festival things. What luck!

I love local festivals, so we will stop in there before heading to Walhala.


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A pretty rare flower from what I hear.

http://etvradio.org/post/oconee-bells

Listen to Rudy Mancke describe them.

Have you tried going down to the shore via the tent campsite trail? Might be easier navigating.

There is some pretty popular restaurant downtown. Might be the steakhouse cafe. Not 100% sure but always looked really busy.
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I haven't found that trail....tho now that I have successfully navigated the steep one , as long as that is not wet I will probably use it, as there is a small beach area at the bottom.


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Parking lot for tent sites across from showers. It's in the loop to the left as you enter. Head down lot, follow to shore IIRC.
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Thanks, I'll look for that this afternoon.


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Back to the lake this afternoon, through the tent sites, down and around thru the woods, ending up at the same little beach.

Lily actually swam out to sticks I threw for her today, tho not very confident with it and turned around after a few seconds of paddling if she didn't get to her target.

But, she swam, and now she knows she can.

Crashed on the couch, it wore her out.


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I always thought that with Labs, you had to try to keep them out of the water!!!.. must be her first experience with "real" water... sounds like you are having a grand time there... I'm sure enjoying it!!! hugs and love to you two...gail
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Oh, Lily loves water, she just hasn't known she could swim.

She's been in lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans before, playing and romping, but goes in only just so far. And, she seems to think incoming waves are chasing her.

She stood in the lake here Tuesday, up to her belly, looking out at it like it was calling to her.....there's something I'm supposed to do with all this water, I can feel it....now what is it?

Such a sweetie.


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Laundry done, tanks emptied , good now til I leave here on Friday.

Got to Walhalla and back...lovely drive, not much going on downtown these days but found a huge and beautiful Ingles grocery store in a plaza full of necessities near there. Good to know for the next visit to this area.

The weather is mild and beautiful, and we've done lots of visiting today with neighbors and admirers of the Interstate.

The couple across from me have just restored an old Shasta...cute as a button, and this is only their second trip out.

I shared favorite apps and Edisto love...they have never been, but will be going.

Met a couple at the Bellfest here, whose son and daughter in law live a half mile from me in Illinois. Small world.

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Oh, Lily loves water, she just hasn't known she could swim.

She's been in lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans before, playing and romping, but goes in only just so far. And, she seems to think incoming waves are chasing her.

She stood in the lake here Tuesday, up to her belly, looking out at it like it was calling to her.....there's something I'm supposed to do with all this water, I can feel it....now what is it?

Such a sweetie.


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We had a lab like that once. He would get in the water but didn't know he could swim, until one day he went in the lake off the dock, and the water was over his head. He swam after that.


Looks like a wonderful place to spend a few Spring days. Have fun.


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