Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written since Memorial Day! I have all of these thoughts floating around in my head during the day, but writing time seems scarce these days. It’s a blessing, though. Honestly, from working hard – at a place I absolutely love and enjoy – to playing hard – waterfall seeking at the lake, swimming in our pool, camping in the rv, and horseback riding – this is the life!
If you are a resident of South Carolina or ever consider visiting, Lake Jocassee is a “must-see.” We found this beautiful gem last year when staying at a state park, and we fell in love! It combines two things we absolutely love – waterfalls and the lake! The waterfalls are only accessible by boat, but they are SOOO worth it! If you don’t own a boat, you can either rent a pontoon when you get there OR take a tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. You will not be disappointed!
Last year, we rented a pontoon, and we bought a map that showed us all of the waterfalls on the lake. We got to see a great many that day on our own, but we did encounter some rain on that trip. It was cool also, so we were not able to get in the water. We knew when we left that gorgeous, clear-water lake that we would be back!!
Alas, we returned to Lake Jocassee a few weeks ago, and this time we went on a guided tour. There were more people on the boat than we liked, but they were all friendly, although quiet at the beginning of the tour. The guide tried to break the ice within the first 20 minutes of the tour, and he took us to a place where you could jump off of the rocks into the water below. My 13 year old daughter didn’t do it, nor did we, but it was fun watching the retirement aged tour guy fling his arms into the air as he launched himself off of the rocks and into the water. It was a really cool cave looking cliff, too, so pictures were a must!
The tour was from around 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and we covered a lot of ground in that time. There was a mountainous area we had fun climbing on, too.
We made our way through the waterways, visiting a creek where you could climb up the mountain a little ways, then carefully meander down a steep path that lead to the water. Once at the bottom, you had to be careful not to slip on the wet rocks. Most of us brave ones took great care to lower ourselves onto our bottoms before sliding off into the water. We much preferred this way instead of falling and conking our heads on the rocks below. Others weren’t quite so brave, and they decided to stay back on the boat. The ones who braved the poison ivy laced trail found themselves emerged in such breathtaking and inviting water below in a creek that circled around and lead to the lake. Some swam, others floated back to the boat. It was so perfect for the incredibly hot and humid 100 degree day!
Finally, the tour guide took us to another spot where we could swim under the waterfall! The water was much colder than the creek and the regular lake water, as you can imagine. I put on my life jacket and began to swim out to the waterfall. I got as close as I could with the water beating down into the lake and splashing on me. It was so heavenly, I did not want to leave. I was actually surprised by the current and how hard it was to stay under that waterfall, though. The tour guide was kind enough to allow me a moment longer where I kicked back allowing the life jacket to support me as I relaxed right where I was under the beautiful blue skies with the sound of the waterfall just over my shoulders. My husband snapped a picture, and it is one I will treasure for a long time!
Ah, yes, summer is in full swing! Get out and ENJOY it with your family!