Flacon was the mascot of my son's group.
If you remember the song, 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon' You know that a yellow ribbon signifies waiting for a loved one's return. That's about all we could do while our sons, husbands, fathers, uncles and friends were off to war.
Thus, the yellow ribbon indicates the hope and prayers for the safe return of Falcon Group. This whole area of South Carolina was quite vocal about supporting the troops. As a mother waiting, hoping and praying for her son, I felt gratitude for this anonymous and unanimous support.
Since the end of the Persian Gulf War, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was closed. All that remains is Warbird Park. There are a few key players, a North American F-100D, An LTV A-7D Corsair II, and a Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, are preserved and on display in Warrior Park located near the main gate entrance. Also there is a walking trail with informational plaques along the way and a Memorial Wall giving names of all service men and civilians who lived and worked here..
In the middle of the Carolinas' Low Country, in North Litchfield, the Hungtington Beach State Park spans from a beautiful fine-sand beach and the inland marsh. Both saltwater and freshwater host a great number of bird species such as the Blue Heron, Egret and many others. Freshwater ponds also host alligators which are easier to spot during late spring and summer months. Great place to combine beach activities and birdwatching in a varied ecosystem.
This is a popular resort area, down the coast southwest of Charleston. Here are nature trails, tennis, golf, and many other outdoor activities. For more information, please contact:
Town of Kiawah Island
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
For a real treat when you're driving around South Carolina, try stopping at a roadside shop. The one I visited was between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. It wasn't in a small town, it was along the road in the middle of nowhere. I'd been seeing signs and when I got to the turn off there were a lot of other cars doing the same thing. When I got to the store, which was small but wasn't a stand, the parking lot was full so I figured it must be decent at the very least. Well, yeah, way more than decent actually. These out of the way places are the perfect place to buy local favorites and pay low prices because you're cutting out the middle man.
I bought a bag of grits (and not instant grits but the real thing) and a large bottle of cherry juice (delicious!) but they had much, much more to choose from.
I had never been to South Carolina before so I don't know exactly where I was so I can't give you an exact address but I went from Charleston to Beaufort on Hwy 21 and then went from there to Savannah on Hwy 170 so it was somewhere along one of those two roads. If I had to guess, I'd say it was between Beaufort and Savannah on the 170 but it could've been before that on the 21. Also, I'm sure this isn't the only small roadside shop in South Carolina so, if you see one, go check it out! Your tummy will thank you.
Harbison State Forest, located just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, has a great selection of biking and hiking trails. I enjoyed walking on and seeing the fall leaves on a chilly November day. This appeared to be more popular for biking, but the rolling hills of the trails made it a good option for hiking as well. According to the website, there are over 18 miles of trails here. There is also a picnic area as well as kayaking anc canoeing. A small parking fee is charged ($2 per car as of Nov 2008)
I found the cherry blossoms (photo 2) along the nature trail near the campground. The photo doesn't do it justice.
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area is one of the prettiest spots you will see in South Carolina's Sumpter National Forest. I've been there dozens of times and have never found it crowded, except once on the 4th of July. The Recreation area centers around a 12 acre man-made lake nestled in the southeastern portion of the Long Cane Ranger District. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities including camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and hiking.
Lick Fork has a heavily wooded campground with 10 campsites and offers easy access for other recreational activities. A camp host is on site during peak seasons. Lick Fork is open April through December 15
There is a designated picnic area with a bath house, flush toilets and showers. Other amenities include a handicap-accessible day area and a handicap accessible fishing pier. The picnic area has tables, grills, and a group shelter. Each camp site has a fire ring, a table, and lantern post. Pit toilets and water pumps are located throughout the campground. There is a sewage dump.
The Lick Fork Lake Hiking Trail, 1.9 miles long, originates at the swimming area and circles around the lake, ending at the boat ramp. In season you will see a variety of wildflowers here, and wildlife sightings, including whitetail deer and wild turkey, are common.
Directions: From Edgefield, take SC route 23 south 8.2 miles. Bear left onto SC 230. Drive 0.5 mile to route 219-263, drive 1.9 miles to entrance on right.
Fees: Camping and parking fees apply. Self-service fee station for day and camping use. Shelter reservations must be made and fees paid at the Ranger Station. Reservations are first come, first served.
Daufuskie is often interpreted as "the first key". It is the northernmost of the Key islands off the South Carolina/Georgia coast, near Hilton Head Island. While very near the mainland, it is not connected by bridge; most local residents prefer it that way. Here is one place where time seems to have stood still for ages. Very rustic and unspoiled. Regular boat service is provided from Hilton Head Island. Try the local delicacy--deviled crab.
SC is full of old back roads and farms. go exploring!!! you'll get lost in the tall pines, the tree-lined roads, and the pretty farms. it's a great way to spend an afternoon, just driving through the countryside... :-)
This water tower is in Gaffney, SC. If you have ever driven from Charlotte to Atlanta on I-85, then you have seen it. Did you know South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia? This water tower celebrates SC's peach industry. I think it looks like a big peach butt! :-)
I played disc golf in Columbia on one of the nicest courses I've ever seen. It's in Earlewood Park on Parkside. Eighteen baskets winding through towering pines and majestic oaks. Elevation comes into play on almost every hole.
U have to get a state map. DO NOT miss the small country towns. Edgefield, Aiken, Darlington, Mt. Pleasant, Murrells Inlet, Santee, Hampton, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Beaufort, Camden, and Clemson. U have slave history, Nascar, renovated opera house, bargain outlet shopping, historic black colleges, world reknown steeplechase horse racing, watermellon festival and the Chittlin Strut (chitterlings). Yum, Yum.
Hampton Park. This is near the Citadel and it is a park where the old races were. Before General Sherman hit the city, there were thousands of horses housed here. Now it is a pleasant park with a lake and near there Charleston Police Dept. boards their horses.
South Carolina is rich in heritage and its not just restricted to it's populated areas. The Heritage Corridor takes you from one end of the state to the other.
Click for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Here is another place where time seems to have stopped for many years. It is where the old African-American Gullah culture still survives.
THE HIGH POINT IS MT. SASSAFRAS...ELEVATION 3560 FEET...HIKING TIME TEN MINUTES.
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