Dates: March 31 - April 2
Palmetto Trail - Moultrie Passage section.
Physiographic Province: Outer Coastal Plain - SC.
Temps: Mid 70's during the day and mid 40's at night.
Last weekend I did 12.5 miles of the Palmetto Trail in South Carolina.
The trail traverses the whole state connecting the mountainous part of the state with the coastal plain and on to the Atlantic ocean. The trail is divided into sections, I hiked part of the Moultrie Passage section that wraps around the top part of Lake Moultrie.The first few miles of the trail section I hiked was a gravel road up on a dike at the edge of the lake.
After parking my vehicle at my destination point a friend shuttled me to the starting trailhead. My load for the trip which included cameras, stoves, water, and other gear I wanted to try out was 46 lbs. My hike started at about 9:30 am.
Here are some Cypress trees hangin' out in the shallow water, the water here remains knee to waist deep for several hundred feet. The coastal plain is home to many species of waterfowl and birds of prey. It is common to see Osprey's nesting in these trees, they like staying close to the buffet I suppose.
On the other side of the dike road (trail) there are swampy wetland type areas like this one all along the lake as well as throughout the region. These places are buggy & snakey.
A small Alligator trolling for a meal.
Well, after getting the shot of the gator the rain set in and I stopped to put on my Columbia rain pants & Patagonia rain jacket. If I had known the trail was going to be this open I would have probably brought my poncho for the extra ventilation. I put up the camera and hiked on to my camp area. The hike was 10.5 miles and I was in camp by 4:30 pm.
Once in the designated camp area (right on the trail - why?) I found this cool water pump. It looks to be a lot older than me.
I did not however check the location very well for poison ivy, if you look closely you will see a young plant close to my tent here. My bad.
So after walking around a while I decided I was tired and went to sleep early around 7:30 so I could get up early and watch the sun rise. I like walking around very early in the day, after a quick snack, taking photos then eating my 2nd breakfast around 8:00 am.
Before and after eating breakfast I shot some video of my camp and showing some of the plants and trees. Here are some of the photos I shot as well.
Any ideas? It looks like something I get on a salad.
A fern, I'm still not sure which one. It resembles Brackenfern, but this looks different.
Lots of it too.
Well that's about all the photos I have. I spent Sunday in camp, no miles. I got up late Monday, hung around some and finally packed up and hit the trail for the arduous 2 mile hike out to my truck which was all safe and sound despite my anxiety about the parking situation (long story).
I did finally manage to edit & upload about 2/3 of my video. I had to get new editing software to handle the file type my new video camera spits out. I had a hard time learning the new software in one day so the editing is a little rough and the audio is not level.
Anyway....here it is. The next video will be better, I just need some practice.
More to come.