Monday, 10 September 2012

Terrifying times in Table Rock and a state park with a tongue twisiting name!

A few days before we arrived in South Carolina, we had been travelling through North Carolina and decided to stop at Table Rock National Park. The idea was to hike one of the  trails and to stretch our legs a little bit.

What followed was the most terrifying moment of my entire life! This was also an extremely stupid and dangerous thing to do so MAKE SURE YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!

We got lost on a trail, we had one bottle of water between two of us, it got dark, we had no clue where we were and our phones had no reception whatsoever. It was terrifying and all we could think about was encountering a bear while we were all alone on a trail in the middle of the forest.

In the end, we had to call 911 (due to our phones allowing us to only dial emergency numbers due to lack of reception) and thankfully the park ranger found us and took us back to safety.

We knew this was down to our own stupidity, not taking a trail map and not keeping an eye on the time and thankfully we didn't allow it to stop us visiting more national parks on our trip.

Arriving into South Carolina, the weather was glorious and we headed to Sesquicentennial (try getting your tongue around that one!) State Park for the day. Located in the Sandhills region of South Carolina and near to the state capital of Columbia, the park covers 1,419 acres and has many hiking trails.

The sun was shining brilliantly and it was so peaceful. We headed out on a short one hour hiking trail (and yes we had learned our lesson from Table Rock! We had a map, left in plenty of time and had provisions with us).

There is also a beautiful lake where we sat and relaxed, reading and taking everything in. There was also a flock of Canadian Geese around the lake who were very inquisitive and kept coming over to peer at us!

We had a great day relaxing at this great state park and it gave us time to recover from our earlier fright in Table Rock. I would recommend a visit to this gem of a park.

We stayed in nearby Columbia at the Quality Inn (8104 Two Notch Road)  which I would also recommend.

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