Outdoor Tips – Canoes

If you are using a canoe in rough or "white water", not having a keel allows you to maneuver the canoe much easier by allowing the boat to slide sideways easier during certain paddle strokes. On a fairly gently river like the Congaree River, a canoe with a keel is much easier to keep on …

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Skills – Rain Gear

I once hiked three days in the rain. Actually, as much as I hate to admit it, I've hiked a lot in the rain. It's not something I strive to do, but if you hike long enough and far enough, you will get rained on. My brother recently asked me "Ok, so what light weight rain …

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Hiking South Carolina – H. Cooper Black State Park

This park has a heavy slant toward horses and dogs, but don't be mislead. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area is an outstanding destination with unique facilities and terrain to explore. I found H. Cooper's openness a pleasant change from some of the smaller parks within the state. While there aren't …

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It’s Saturday Eve!

The week is about over and I'm heading camping this weekend with a bunch of new campers. This weekend should be fun as I really enjoy introducing new campers to the outdoors. With spring just around the corner, I am looking forward to the weather starting to break and the green to start popping. I …

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Who speaks for the trees? – (Part 3)

Following our lunch under the pines, we continue towards Poinsett State Park and the end of our hike. I know we're near the the end now, there is a public parking lot ahead for staging mountain bikes and horses, our hiking trail passes through it on the way to the state park. However as we emerge …

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Lunching in the pines – (Part 2)

Most of the trail in this section is wide enough to walk side-by-side, making conversation easier between hikers in a group. I enjoy listening to the path these conversation take. On some hikes the same theme may run for days.  Today the trail talk is mostly down memory lane. Some of our group will be …

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The morning is cool, the coffee is hot – (Part 1)

It's been a while, but it feels good to get out again. I'm sitting at picnic table in the dark cool pre-dawn hours at Mill Creek county park, enjoying a warm drink of coffee and hot chocolate. There are eight others in our group. We're hiking the High Hills of Santee. For some of them, …

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Outdoor Tips – Sleeping Warm

Avoid hypothermia - Never sleep in wet clothes, I tried this once, horrible idea. You should change out of your day activity clothes and into night or sleep clothes. You perspire during the day, and even with layers of clothes it will be likely the inner layers are damp although you may not realize it …

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