Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Summer in South Carolina

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Floating down the river in an inner tube, stopping at roadside stands for fresh SC peaches (SC produces more peaches than Georgia) and fresh blueberries, summer concerts outside all the time in many cities, lots of farmers markets and neighbors supplying you with all the tomatoes you can eat.  Yum.  I have already made gazpacho soup twice and will make chilled peach soup tomorrow and blueberries over angel food cake.  The melons are also delicious.   Really sweet.

And it’s HOT and HUMID.  It has been in the upper 90’s for several weeks.  Now it is even too hot to be out early in the morning or late at night but I gladly take the heat for such a mild winter.  Feels like our two months in Naples last summer.

Yesterday was Bob’s birthday so we went to the Green River just across the boarder in NC to go floating on inner tubes.   You can go from 1 to 4 hours.   We just did one hour.   It is a beautiful river about 45 minutes from our house.  All tree lined and about 60 feet wide and pretty shallow but very rocky.  The water flow on the river is pretty interesting – it comes from a dam.   At the end is some information form their web site nctubing.com.

Let me tell you about the rapids.  I have never been really comfortable in the water so when I heard about the water snakes and the class one rapids I was seeing this as maybe more of an adventure than I wanted.  They said there was one class 1 rapid in our hour.  Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering. (Skill Level: None).  While there was one there were at least 5 other very rocky fast moving spots.  I got stuck a couple times on big boulders just below the water.   Let’s just say I don’t want to see a class 2 rapid.  Of course Bob thought it was great and he wants to go with our visitors coming next week for 2 hours.

My exit from the river was a disaster.  The current moves fast and is strong enough that unless you have good footing you can’t stand in the water and you can’t have good footing because of all the rocks.   I ended up having to call for help because I was going under.   Very scary.  I was the only one on the river with a life preserver and I’m sure glad I had it.

We went to High Cotton Restaurant in downtown Greenville for dinner.   It was one of the best meals ever and add in a nice jazz trio and we had a great evening.  I am always amazed how many people are out at night downtown.  They have live bands going many nights.   We talked about staying but it was just to darn hot.

Here is info about the river.

The Green River
Why is this river so different?  Most importantly, it is a dam controlled river.  The Green River flows into Lake Summit.  This water is held by the Tuxedo hydro-station owned by Duke Power.  The water then flows through a moderate section of river know as the “Upper Green.”.  After this the dangerous section of the river know as “The Green River Narrows” starts.   A few miles down stream the river passes by a public access area know as “Fish Top.”  Another mile and a half down river the water flows under a large concrete bridge at our campground.  Three miles later the water flows under a second concrete bridge similar to the first.  A mile and a half further the water flows past another public access area known as “Big Rock.”  A few miles later the river deepens and the flow slows as the Green River runs into Lake Adger.

Who does what?
The Narrows section of the river boasts multiple Class 5+ and Class 4 rapids.  Only the most experienced paddlers kayak this section of the river.  Paralysis and death are possibilities to consider before navigating this dangerous section of the Green.
The Upper has a few challenging rapids and best suits a moderately experienced paddler.  Kayaking this section takes local experience in navigating the takeout.
The “Lower Green” starts at the Fish Top Access Area and ends at the Big Rock Access Area.  The Lower has Class 1 and Class 2 rapids.  This 6 mile section of river is where all of our tubing trips take place.

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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