Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

Crossing over Wappoo Creek leaving Charleston - see the tugboat?

The Ashley River in North Charleston - big river

Lots of big trees on our drive again today

Thick forests

Then we moved into an agricultural area

Had never seen corn watered by pivots before

 

Cotton just coming up

We're getting into hills - wood headed for a paper mill

Congaree River near the Congaree Nat'l Park

Straight thru the trees

Cute office at Columbia/Camden RV Park

Nice chairs & table & chairs next to our site

We picked blackberries for breakfast - delicious!

RV park farm animals

Historic homes in Camden

This building is circa 1830

Headed to Davis's - Gregg built this bridge - love name of...

Gregg & Debbie's place - built by Gregg

Our friends


We had another interesting GPS-led drive from Charleston to Camden. We were on interstate for 6 miles, lesser highways for maybe 20 miles & the rest of the 127 mile trip was on back roads. (Not that we minded - back roads are interesting when you've got the time & the roads aren't busy.) We discovered a national park we didn't know existed - Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the US. Because we were towing we didn't turn into the park but according to our friends, it's basically swamp land full of Cypress trees & knees & you can canoe & kayak thru it. Interesting!

We got to our rv park before noon. After we got set up we called our friends, Gregg & Debbie Davis. We worked with them at the LUC Boys Ranch in Missouri & hadn't seen them for 18 years. They came by & picked us up for lunch - an authentic South Carolina BBQ lunch. Then we went out to their place for a good visit. They have 70 acres that they have partially developed for Christian ministry. They intended to serve as a halfway house-type program for young men leaving boys ranch programs & they did house & mentor a number of young men when they first started their ministry but stopped taking young men when their daughter was about 17 (understandable). Now they're praying & waiting on the Lord for the direction their ministry should take in the future. Their property is beautiful. They bought raw forest & cleared land to build the house & other buildings, created 2 ponds, etc. Gregg is a bridge builder & has done construction his entire life so he was able to do most of the work. And he also subcontracted to build a number of bridges in the Camden area for income. We drove home to feed & walk Callie & then took her with us when returned for dinner & more visiting.

This morning we stayed home with Callie & just chilled. We spent the afternoon with Gregg & Debbie. Gregg grilled steaks for us (they were yummy) & we showed them our Canada/Alaska video.

Our short visit here has come to an end too soon but we've got to head on up the road to the Charlotte, NC area tomorrow morning. More later...

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