Today we woke up to what I like to call “Spider Island”. A huge amount of daddy long legged spiders crowded the covers of our tents. We packed up camp after eating a breakfast of cereal and begin the six mile stretch of paddling to our destination- a take out bridge in Camden, SC. The part of the river that we paddled was extremely rocky and often required for us to jump out of our canoes and push our boats over shoals and other various obstacles. The Wateree is a river filled with huge carp and gar fish. Upon reaching the bridge, we packed our canoes away and loaded our backs with our dry bags. It was a mile walk to our hotel alongside a road with a grassy area for walking. We began this stretch of our day’s journey only to meet the southern hospitality of a local who stopped alongside the road and offered to take our gear to the hotel for us. We loaded our bags into his car and trusted this stranger to help us. The man made two separate trips to completely carry our gear. Our group finished the rest of the walk to our hotel and upon arrival, jumped into the pool. The rest of the day was spent enjoying hot showers, a short walk to a convince store, movies on tv, a meal at a Mexican restaurant for dinner, and most importantly, a comfortable bed with tons of pillows!
Brooke Ellis, 20. From Cary, NC is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a self designed concentration in Cultural and Political International Studies.