Hiking & Phone Usage
Do you have any rules for yourself when it comes to hiking and using your phone?
For myself, I’ve made it a rule that there’s to be no posting on social media during my hike. Any post that I make must be done once I’ve gotten home. Also, I do my best to even limit how often I have my phone out taking pictures. I think it’s important to limit how often I touch my phone, whether it’s to take a picture or answer a text. To me, it all comes down to the reason why I’m hiking. Am I hiking so that I can post and tell everyone that I’m out on a trail? Or am I hiking to seek relaxation, restoration, and adventure? I feel like if I’m on my phone then I’m completely missing the point of hiking—to take a break from the world for an hour or so. If I’m on my phone, I’m very much still a part of the world. The only difference is that I just happen to be on a trail. Don’t get me wrong, though, I LOVE taking pictures while I’m hiking so that I can look back and enjoy them. But, think about it... if you’re posting on Instagram during a hike, you literally have to stop what you’re doing to post it. Why not just wait until you’re done? Of course, this is my own opinion and rule for myself. I’m sure others have a different outlook. So... do you have a rule for yourself when it comes to hiking and using your phone?
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A M B I T I O N
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
We decided this year to set an ambitious, yet attainable goal for 2020. Head on over to the blog to read all about it!
After class today, I took myself on a hike to enjoy the flurries. My usual trail was closed because of the weather, so I chose a different trail that would take me to the top. I used to go on this trail all of the time when I first started hiking with my dog back in 2017. It honestly looked nothing like I remember. That’s the beauty of becoming a hiker though. The more you hike, the more you start to appreciate and pay attention to what’s around you. It was pretty cool getting to hike in the flurries because the farther up the mountain I went, the heavier the flurries got and began to stick. Then, when I went back down, it got lighter and nothing was sticking. It was very cold, but my 3 jackets and gloves kept me incredibly warm!
• 67.9/500 miles
• 20/100 hikes — 126/100
• Sulphur Springs — 2.8 miles
6 24220 February, 2020
Issaqueena Falls located near Wallhalla, SC is a short 50 yard hike in the Sumter National Forest with big payoff. This 100 foot cascade formed by Cane Creek is one of the most popular in the area given its easy access and overall beauty. The hike from the parking area leads to a wooden overlook, but if you want to get to the base of the falls it requires a little more work. There is a faintly worn trail descending the hill from the overlook that takes you down to the bottom of the falls. The hike down is short, but it is very steep. The falls are named after a Choctaw Princess named Issaqueena who was in love with an English trader. Her father did not approve of the relationship and planned to kill the Englishman. Legend states that her father chased her and the Englishman to the falls where he believed they jumped to their death. However, they hid below the brink of the falls and went to warn the English colony of her father’s coming attack. With the warning, the English colony escaped, and Issaqueena married the English trader (there is another version that states Issaqueena and her lover actually jumped from the top of the falls together to their death, but the happier ending makes for a better story😅). Of note, the Stumphouse Tunnel is in the same area. This tunnel is 25 feet high and 17 feet wide extending 1,617 feet into the mountain. It was planned to be a passageway for a railroad but construction stopped in 1859 after the state refused to continue funding for the project. It is quite an impressive site, but bring your flashlights because it’s pitch dark inside! Another random fact of history, Clemson University used to grow blue cheese in the tunnel during the 1970s #themoreyouknow . 🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷
GPS Coordinates: 34.80646113217474; -83.12304703250747
Day off + sunny weather + longing for mountains = hike to the highest point in South Carolina. Rumor has it you can drive here but what’s the fun in that?!? Ladies, if you’re looking for a 🍑 workout, this is a good training one! Take Laurel Valley to the top of Sassafras Mountain and feel the burn! 🔥
Happy Valentine’s Day! We were able to sneak a quick hike in this afternoon. I wish we could have gone farther, but I’m thankful that we got to hike at all. The park was very busy today, but I viewed it as a training opportunity for Bella. She’s still getting over the stress of seeing and passing strangers, but she did wonderful! We had no issues at all. I’m very proud of her! It helps that I know the unmarked/less traveled trails 😉 The slightly visible mountains in the back of this picture are my favorite. I think they’re so beautiful! Getting to look at them while going down the trail is the best. I hope y’all had a great Friday & Valentine’s!
• 61/500 miles
• 17/100 hikes — 123/100
• Sulphur Springs/Firetower/Unmarked — 4.4 miles
9 16215 February, 2020
Small changes in perspective change everything🌱
1 4114 February, 2020
The State Champion Cherrybark Oak. A massive 162 feet tall and 23.2 feet in circumference comes in at 465 points! -
While flooding in the park will make visiting this tree nearly impossible, visiting this mammoth is awe inspiring as it’s massive crown keeps the forest floor shaded and clear, making for a perfect place to take a rest and breathe in its fresh air!
5 6713 February, 2020
Yellow Branch Falls is a 60 foot
cascading fall in Mountain Rest, South Carolina that is one of the most unique falls we have seen. A large rock at the top of the falls spreads the water across the rockface creating a beautiful array of cascading water. The hike is a moderate 3 mile trail located just a few steps away from the Yellow Branch Picnic Area. The trail is marked by an information board at the south end of the parking area. The hike to this fall is very beautiful, so it is an all around great experience. 🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷
GPS Coordinates: 34.79887483552755, -83.12773239227248
Bella and I got to go on the hike that I had planned for Friday today instead! It turned out being one of the most beautiful days we’ve had so far this year, making for a perfect hike. Lots of other people were out, too, which I had figured would be the case. With every person and dog we passed, Bella did absolutely phenomenal. Someone even commented on her harness that says “gangster” too. 😂 I I stopped halfway through the hike to enjoy the breeze while Bella chewed on any stick she could find. The place behind us is my favorite spot on this particular hike. It’s a tree that has fallen, but it’s so beautiful. I just wish the picture could show how truly beautiful it is, but it’s hard getting the good angles when I’m using self timer 🤪 I’m so glad we got to get out today! We both needed it!
• 56.6/500 miles
• 16/100 hikes — 122/100
• Sulphur Springs/Firetower/Unmarked — 5.4 miles
“The slight weariness of the ascent was soon rested away. The sky was of the thinnest, purest azure; spiritual life filled every pore of rock and cloud; and we reveled in the marvelous abundance and beauty of the landscapes by which we were encircled.” -John Muir
Some of our favorite places to get outdoors and hike in S.C.—
🌲 Congaree National Park
🌲 Francis Marion National Forest
🌲 Big Rock Mountain in the Nine Times Forest
🌲 Pinnacle Mountain, Table Rock State Park
🌲 Fall Creek Falls, Jones Gap State Park
🌲 Moonshine Falls
🌲 Lake Jocassee
🌲 Audobon’s Francis-Beilder Forest
Where else should we add to our list? Have you visited any of these gems yourself? #exploresc
1 529 February, 2020
At the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling. 🥾🐶☀️
Another 5.5 miles in the books after hiking our first trail at Croft State Park. Trails were very muddy in some spots after storms, flooding, and even snow earlier this week, but we finished out the hike with blue skies and sunshine. 21 miles in, 199 to go!
First light on mossy Tupelos in Weston Lake Slough 🌅
7 807 February, 2020
11-12 of 47 // Calhoun Falls & Sadlers Creek State Park • Spent the day driving on the Savannah River Scenic Byway (Highway 81). Many great places to stop along the route including these two state parks.
Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like the cold or rain. Well, what was meant to just be a fun, foggy hike turned into a soggy hike. However, the temperature could not have been more perfect, so it was super enjoyable! Originally, I wanted to get a hike in the fog because I thought it would be gorgeous. When I got to the park, though, the fog had settled. Then, the rain started and brought fog with it! I left this hike feeling so thankful because I ended up getting to enjoy the fog, I had the park all to myself (not a single soul was there except for rangers and staff), I brought a rain jacket (that’s 500 sizes too big so I had to improvise) and change of shoes when I almost didn’t, and the temperature allowed for me to get rained on but not be miserable. Bella and I had a great time. I just wish we could’ve hiked longer! I love how the colors pop during and after a nice rain. It’s beautiful 😍
• 46.4/500 miles
• 13/100 hikes — 119/100
• Sulphur Springs/Firetower/Unmarked — 3.8 miles
This is the perfect go to for a quick hike with the boys living in the Greenville area.
Jason hiked 2.5 miles, fell flat about 2.5 million times, and didn’t complain once.
He said some precious things, too, that reminded me why we get outside together.
He was hugging a pile of leaves when he said, “Jesus must love me a lot to give me all these trees to love.” Yes baby, Jesus loves you a lot, and we surely do love some trees.
Why do you adventure outside?
9 of 47 // Keowee Toxaway State Park • From the park, head north towards Rocky Bottom until you find a long gravel road called Horse Pasture Rd. Take that road until you find the Jumping Off Rock Overlook... high above lake Jocassee. Bring camping gear and stay overnight so you can watch the sunrise the next morning 🌅
A new town, a new home, new hikes, and new people. The past couple months have been overwhelming to say the least. And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had moments of panic mixed in there. But I’m starting to feel settled and I’m starting to get into my new routines. And that will always include getting outside, hiking, and appreciating the beauty around me.