Looking toward the left from under our awning
When we were planning this camping trip, we originally wanted to go to Black Rock Mountain State Park in the NE Georgia mountains. It’s a lot cooler there.
But we are not experienced mountain drivers. And there is a winding, twisting 2 mile gravel road to the park at a steep grade. The park’s website says that only those who are experienced at driving narrow mountain roads should attempt it.
Looking toward the right from under our awning
So that scared us off.
Next, I had wanted to go to Vogel State Park at the base of Blood Mountain. I wanted to climb the mountain again and see how much harder it was than when I did it in 2003. I remember it being an easy climb. I also thought it would be so much fun to see Neel’s Gap again, which was my first supply stop on my Appalachian Trail attempt back then.
But Vogel did not have reservations available for the time I wanted.
The water seems to go on forever.
So we scrambled around for a substitute destination. We had camped here at Modoc when we first got our Aliner 8 years ago. I remembered it being beautiful. I also knew that South Carolina in June would be hot and humid — and is it ever!
Modoc COE is an older park. All of the sites are pull-thrus. But, at least in our loop, they were designed for the size rigs that were popular when the campground was built. Our truck and Casita are a perfect fit for them. Big rigs would be out of luck — at least on this loop.
We are having to take precautions due to the extreme heat here. Yesterday after we got set up, my face was beet red. Then my head started throbbing. The dogs desperately needed a walk, so I took them on a short stroll on the shady side of the road.
When I got back my head was pounding with a splitting headache. I went inside and took something for the headache and slept for a couple of hours.
A huge luna moth on our back door the night before we left.
Since then, we are moving slowly. I bring the dogs in every hour for a half hour or so to cool down. Then it’s gentle, easy movements to keep from getting overheated.
Thunderstorms are predicted later in the week. Although they will raise the humidity, the clouds will obscure the sun which should help keep us from being steamed quite so badly.
But it is STILL a LOT better than being at home!