ON THE ROAD!. February 1, 2010
Proud to say I am finally on the road following a delay that had me sticking out like a sore thumb. On December 28 I accidentally cut my thumb on a piece of framing glass lacerating a tendon. Fool that I am I bandaged it up and drove off into the sunset on New Year’s Day as planned. It was not long before I discovered that my thumb wasn’t functioning properly.
A trip to Urgent Care revealed not only the truth but worse—that surgery was obligatory. So hurry up and wait—Minna and I “holed-up”—had the surgery and spent the month of January healing and learning about so many interesting things like Skype, Linked-In, air-card, hand therapy and how to do with your left hand, the things you are accustomed to doing right handed. We also learned about living in tiny spaces like Luciee!
Re-launch was successfully completed February 1, yesterday. After SNOW bogs down Virginia and North Carolina two days prior. Oh my goodness. But we started out anyway and have completed the first leg—get to warmer weather! Currently we are in Santee, SC. Raining lightly and the temp is 46°F with sun scheduled for tomorrow. Santee State Park offers cabins, camping, biking, hiking, boating and fishing in the heart of one of the nation’s best-known outdoors destinations – Santee Cooper Country.
The park sits alongside Lake Marion, one of the two lakes (the other’s Moultrie) that gave birth to America’s inland striped bass fishery. Together, the lakes cover more than 170,000 acres and now also are known for their abundant populations of huge catfish.
The park’s rondette cabins, including 10 on piers over the lake, have been hosting outdoorsmen and families for generations. A community meeting building, with its large, screened-in grilling facility, also attracts groups.
Out in the lake across from the park is Lake Marion’s flooded cypress forest. Pontoon boat tours into the lake’s swampy headwaters are based out of the park’s marina/park store.
Minna and I walked a half mile to the Visitor Center where we signed in ($18 per night) and walked the dock, and through the forest where we spotted a downy woodpecker,
apparently common to this area. It’s flight displays a white underwing and breast. Its call is a squeaky chee, chee, chee, chee. The call can be heard and the bird is pictured at:
We’ll be off again tomorrow: stay tuned, we’ll be searching for more interesting places, adventure and interesting stories.
Be sure to see Miss Minna loves the snow on this blog.