If there was ever a great location for an off day before our transition to sea kayaks, Lake Wateree State Park is fitting that ticket real nice. Nice waterfront campsites, a bath house close by, gorgeous sunrises across the lake; not a bad place to spend two nights. Yesterday, Katie Coley, the director of Outdoor Programs at USC, ran shuttle for us around the Great Falls and Cedar Creek resevoirs, joined us for lunch at the Flopeye Cafe, and accompanied us for our food shop to last us until Camden. Her co-Driver, Rivers, was undoubtedly the most loveable American bulldog/pit bull mix we all have ever met. As a co-leader on all of Katie's trips including, but not limited to, paddling and climbing, it makes sense that he gives some of the best high fives around. After we loaded up at the base of the Cedar Creek dam, we paddled down the final stretch of the Catawba and saw a beautiful sunset as we reached the Wateree River and Lake Wateree. What a time to look back at the confluence of those rivers it was and reflect on the past couple of weeks we spent to get to that point.
Today will consist of some serious lounging, hammocking, and swimming to celebrate our halfway point throught the trip. Maybe we can rig some hammock/sails up on the canoes and practice our sailing today! Pictures to come???