Friday, September 05, 2014

Place of the Lost One

What a wild crazy trip!

How long do you think it took me to go 44 miles?

Hint: Most sailboats move faster than I managed...

Harley dog is helping me break camp on Lake Hartwell by collecting up his toys.

All packed up, the site is clean, ready for the next volunteer workampers.

We start our journey but ten feet later, we stopped for repairs. 

Seven hours later and 58 miles, we arrived alive.

But hey, what's life, if not an adventure. 

I'm overwhelmingly exhausted but struggling to keep smiling. 

I owe many, many thanks to the earthly good samaritans that made this trip end in triumph rather than disaster. 

We ended up at Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee in Salem, South Carolina. We had a devil of a time arriving here too!

My campsite is tucked away in the woods, but the lake is in walking distance.

The name Jocassee comes from the legend of a Cherokee maiden. 

An Oconee tribe, the "Brown Vipers" led by Chief Attakulla, inhabited the west side of the Whitewater river, while a rival tribe, "The Green Birds", lived on the east. Legend says that a young Green Bird warrior, Nagoochee, was not afraid to enter Brown Viper hunting grounds. On one occasion, he fell and broke his leg and was convinced he was going to die. 

Then he heard Jocassee, Attakulla's daughter, who brought him back to her father's lodge and nursed him back to health. Jocassee eventually fell in love with him, but in a later battle, Cheochee, Jocassee's brother, killed and brought Nagoochee's head back on his belt. 

Legend has it that Jocassee went into the water and did not sink but walked across the water to meet the ghost of Nagoochee. 

The name Jocassee means "Place of the Lost One."

The creation of Lake Jocassee by Duke Power Companys massive Keowee-Toxaway Project in the late 1960s and early 1970s flooded a quaint mountain valley whose earliest recorded history was in 1539.

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