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Friday, January 16, 2009

Camping at Table Rock, SC

Finally!! Here are some of the camping pictures I promised you. We had a great time camping up at Table Rock State Park, which is near Greenville, SC. It was so nice to get away from the phones, TV, video games and just life in general for a few days!! This is the view of Table Rock Mountain if you are driving on Hwy 11. We have hiked all the way to the top before!! The view is amazing!!
Sam and I have been married for 13 years, and we go camping 2 to 3 times a year. We have always used a tent. Until this time!! We got this neat little camper that goes in the bed of a pickup truck. It's really small, but has a little stove, microwave, bathroom (great for at night), and sleeps 5 people. It was so nice to have hot water, and be able to use the stove to help in meal preparations.
Here are Sammy, Bubba and Amanda posing in front of a waterfall while we were on our hike. You can't go camping in the mountains and not go hiking. It's hard, but so much fun!! I never get tired of looking at the mountains.

Now, I know this is not a flattering picture, but here is a self portrait of me and my hubby. He set the camera up, and then ran and sat down real quick!

Every time we go to Table Rock, we take this picture. It's on the hiking trail, not too far into the hike. My favorite one is from when we went a couple years ago in October. The leaves were all red, orange, purple and yellow. It was so pretty.

You also have to go trout fishing when you go camping. So here are some fishing pictures. Here, Sam is giving Sammy a few pointers.

Amanda fished more then the boys did!! She wanted to do everything by herself. I was surprised by the patience she had trying to untangle her hook and put the bait on. It's so funny that she can go from being Princess Amanda one minute, and be such a tomboy the next.

Here she is in another spot under a bridge. You can see the sun rays in this one, but I kind of like it that way.

We drove on down to Hagood Mill while we were there. They were closed, but you can still walk around and go on the nature trails they have. I'm not sure what this is called, but this is how the water gets to the wheel that grinds the corn.

Sam, Amanda and Bubba walking up a hill on the trail.

This is a little bridge that's on the nature trail at the Hagood Mill. I thought it would make a quaint picture.
Sam showed the kids that this old water pump still worked. You just have to put water in it to create suction, then it just keeps going and going and going......

This is just a shot of the kids in front of an old building at the mill. It's so old and rustic looking, I couldn't resist taking a picture.
After we left Hagood Mill, we came across a field of bamboo. The kids have always wanted to grow bamboo, so we stopped and got a piece. Sam heard that if you plant the whole stalk, it will take root, and grow new bamboo. Well, when we got back to camp, we took out the bamboo so we could go get some firewood. When we left, we forgot our stalk of bamboo. Oh well, maybe next time!!
That's it for now. Hope you enjoyed our camping pictures. Camping is one of the best things we do as a family. Hopefully in the not too far future, you'll see some of these pictures on some scrapbook pages!


Sara Mattson-Blume said...

HOW FUN! Up here in Wisconsin there is 2 feet of snow on the ground, so camping is chilly.

Twila said...

Looks like you had alot of fun and the pictures you took where very nice and I can't wait to see you turn them into scrapbook pages.

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