Palmetto Cove News

The cove’s been humming along this season — and as usual, the internet is neglected as we all play outside.  ‘Tis the season for . . . whitewater.  Tons of it.  This has been one of our wettest seasons on record.

How much whitewater?  You can play around with the water level and flow statistics by visiting here:

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What’s going on underneath all this water?  For a lovely video from the Department of Natural Resources, shot just a few miles from the Cove, take a look here:

I love the way they tell you what fish you’re looking at.  One of these years, I’m going to know my river fish.


State Airstream Rally is this weekend.  Enjoy!

Woohoo!  This coming weekend in the WBCCI’s South Carolina State Rally.  Translation: Lots of shiny silver airstreams gathered in one place.

It’s a  joyful event for us:  Palmetto Cove was originally founded as the headquarters of the Palmetto State Unit of the WBBCI, and for years was an Airstream-only campground.    There’s just something right about so many Airstreams winding their way to the old home for the weekend.  From the Caesar’s Head Overlook, you can see the campground in the valley below, gleaming campers in neat lines across the opening in the trees.

You need to be a member of the WBCCI in order to participate in the rally.  But there are usually a few spaces available for ordinary campers, so non-airstreamers are welcome to come and camp and get a peek at all the excitement.

Still waiting for a certain photographer to download his photos.  Meanwhile, the whole family pulled the camper over to the cove this past weekend for our first camping trip of the year.

Shades of early spring everywhere.  Along the western edge of the park, tips of pale green are just peeking out on the limbs of the giant maples. Walking the spring trail I noticed the holly for once — not by bright berries, now long since eaten by our (feathered) winter residents — but by the dense, deep green foliage where all else is still mostly bare.  The wide blades of irises are poking up around the picnic shelter, promising buds in maybe another month or so?

Higher up, spring arrives more slowly.  The mountainside below Caesar’s Head was shades twig-colored greyish-brown, with just a few dabs of pale green.  So there’s still a little time for ridge hikes before the shade grows in for the year.   Our header photo is accurate again, though — that line of trees against the road is in full leaf, ready for summer.

Girls and I walked up to the historic cemetery on the property Friday afternoon.  Someone has put out silk flowers at the graves, and I mostly persuaded my littles not to “pick” them.  Did see as I was hiking down that the two-year-old had sneaked a tiny white plastic blossom into her little hand.   So if anyone noticed the loss, yes, that was us.

Jon & and our oldest set up archery targets in the field by the barn and shot at 40 and 100 yards — both showed well, and netted one lost arrow.  Two dissappeared this round, but one of last years losses re-emerged from hibernation and rejoined the quiver.  Saturday we went over to an SCA event in Pickens — Martin Miller took our photo, but that’s not gotten to me yet either.  (Just as well.)

Gorgeous weather all weekend. We only left Sunday because I’d come down with a dogged bout of  imitation-flu Saturday night (now much improved); otherwise we would have stayed till Monday.  Just as well — about an hour down the road Sunday afternoon a light blanket of clouds had formed, and by the time we were home it was raining.

–> Still too cool for swimming unless you’re Canadian, but note that the river is up due to all the rain.  [For those who don’t know, Palmetto Cove’s southern border is the Upper Saluda River.  From the bank there is a narrow, rickety metal bridge out to a large rock outcropping in the river, where you can sit and relax, play in the water, etc.]  Water was about half as high as the highest I’ve seen, and moving rapidly.  Even with life jackets and parental supervision, I wouldn’t be comfortable having my preschoolers playing on the rocks just now.

We have a spring opening date!  See you there.

As I understand it, park closes for the winter this Friday.  So if you need to make group reservations for next spring, call ASAP.  (864) 836-6221.  FYI for those who were wondering, if you store your camper at the park, you can keep it on site through the winter, at the normal monthly rates.  The park is locked, however, so you cannot access your unit during that time.  (And although our offices are closed, we do have a security guard who watches over the park through the winter months.)

[No need to panic – it’s not the end of the blogging season.  I’ll continue to post photos through the winter, to whet your appetite for next year.]

Palmetto Cove began as the headquarters for upstate SC unit of the WBCCI, the Airstream club.  The last several years, we’ve hosted the South Carolina State Rally for the WBCCI, and it is has been a great event. Here’s a photo from the 2006 state rally at the cove to whet your appetite for all that Airstream fun: