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Southeastern five-lined skink lizard hiding on tree

A good friend an I went hiking Saturday on the mountain for a little more than 2 hours. The hike took us across the ridge and down across two small creeks. This was the first time for me in this area. I was surprised to fine the huge rocks with the spring.

Southeastern five-lined skink lizard

Southeastern five-lined skink

tree fungi

fern fiddle heads

Ferns emerging

ferns

spring

spring

spring

Dwarf crested iris, Iris cristata

Dwarf crested iris, native to our area

lizard

eastern fence lizard

This looks like a Eastern Fence lizard but I am not sure. He looks somewhat prehistoric.

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Hike Along

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mountain laurel

Last Saturday afternoon I had a couple of hours and decided to take a hike into an area I had not hiked before and where the terrain is extremely steep. My hike took me across the mountain on the north side thru heavily covered areas of Mountain Laurel.

maountain laurel and rotted stump

I have mentioned in other hiking post that I have been hunting for a cave that was used by soldiers during the revolutionary war and a revolutionary war grave site. There are historical records with articles talking about this cave and grave site. I continue make hikes across the mountain in my attempt to find both of these.

green moss

Soon I was standing at the top of a gorge that is about 1500 feet deep trying to figure out if I was going to be able to hike down, trying to find the best path down.

moss

I could hear water running, maybe a small waterfall. After searching for a clearing so that I could look over the Mountain Laurel, I could finally get a look at the bottom of the gorge. I had not hiked down this gorge before but I was determined to get to the bottom.

green moss growing on rocks

Almost to the bottom, decide to snap a couple pictures.

bottom of borge

It took me about 35 minutes to get to the bottom and it was worth my efforts.

huge white oak tree

Pair of huge white oak trees!

native ginger plant

I checked my compass in the direct the creek was flowing to determine if I could follow the creek. It appears the creek is flowing south which should eventually take me down the mountain. I will continue to watch my compass so that I can easily make my way back to the house.

native yellow wild flowers

 

animal bones

Animal bones, maybe a squirrel? Was it eaten by a fox, coyote, eagle, hawk, owl maybe?

green moss

Moss is growing all along this creek.

large rock

 

mountain stream

The water is crystal clear and cold.

mountain stream

There are several small waterfalls along this creek..

snail

Can you spot the snail?

purple wild flowers

 

waterfall

 

moss

Moss and ferns growing on rocks.

waterfall

This waterfall is about 20-25 feet tall.

yellow alage growing on rocks

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for new and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Enjoy your day!

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Raccoons, Bring One Bring All

I moved my trail camera to catch the bird feeders so that I could see what was happening during the night. It started early around 10:15 PM and continued all night into the early morning hours.

reccoons reconyx trail cam picture

There was one, then two!

raccoon trail camera picture

Then three!

raccoons trail cam picture

Now it’s starting to get crowded at four!

raccoons trail camera picture

raccoons trail cam picture

Then there were five!

racoons

I had more Raccoons pictures than I could have posted, The Raccoons were under the bird feeders all night!

Check out my other Reconyx Trail Camera pictures, raccoons, bobcat, wild turkey, red fox,  and more!

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Best Ever Coconut Cake

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Coconut cake at Christmas and Easter time is a must in our family. Everyone loves coconut cake. This recipe has been in our family for several generations. The coconut cake is very moist, it’s easy to make and it’s delicious! This is a 4 layer cake and the icing has to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Icing & Filling 1 – 16 oz. Sour Cream 2 cups granulated sugar 2 – 9 oz. coconut Mix all together, let set in fridge over night.

coconut cake icing

This is what the icing will look like after it is mixed.

best ever coconut cake

There is nothing better than a slice of coconut cake! Coconut Cake 2 – sticks margarine 1/3 cup Crisco 3 cups granulated sugar 3 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 5 eggs 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring Sift baking powder and flour together, set aside. Cream margarine, Crisco, sugar well, add eggs one at a time. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Add vanilla and mix well. Bake in 4, 9 inch round pans at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes depending on your oven. I cook 2 pans at a time so that they cook evenly. Let the cake layers cool completely before building your cake. Once you have completed building and icing the cake, place in the fridge so that it can set. The longer the better before serving.

ultimate coconut cake cake

My oldest daughter Lauren and my son Michael love this cake! Enjoy!

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Falls Park Waterfalls Greenville SC

falls park waterfalls greenville sc

A blogger friend ask me to post a picture of the Falls Park waterfalls that are downtown Greenville, SC. I took this picture back in late summer one Sunday afternoon. My wife and I enjoy walking downtown and always walk along the trails at Falls Park. The waterfalls are just off main street and are easy to access. This is a beautiful park and waterfall that is right in the middle of downtown Greenville. It’s a great place to relax and have a picnic.

Greenville, SC is a great area to live and there are a lot of really good restaurants downtown. It’s a short 3 hour drive to the beach in Charleston, SC and  we can get to the mountains in less than 30 minutes. We actually live in northern Greenville county in the mountains and love it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a great weekend! 🙂

Bobcat

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bobcat Reconyx trail cam picture

I decided this morning to pull the sandisk memory card from my trail cam and see if I had any good pictures. It is always kinda fun to see what animals have been on our property. I had the usual animals, deer, raccoon, ground hogs, coyotes  and always a lot of turkey. Every now and then I will get a black bear but this is the first time I have gotten a bobcat. I have seen this bobcat many, many times but I have never caught him on the trail cam. The last time I saw this bobcat he came running off our front porch as we drove up our driveway. I figured he was looking for our cats.

These pictures were taken by my Reconyx Hyperfire trail cam mounted on a tree  along my driveway. The lights you see in the background are on our gate. I really enjoy my Reconyx trail cam. Each pictures is date and time stamped in the upper left hand corner, an image of the moon is shown and the temperature.  Look at the time stamp on all these pictures. My trail cam took three pictures in time sequence, then the last picture was taken 2 minutes later than the first three. The bobcat is about 15 to 20 feet from the camera.

bobcat reconyx trail cam picture

The bobcat is the only native wild cat that we have in South Carolina. they generally weigh between 9 and 30 pounds. As you can see they are small but muscular with their hind legs longer than its front legs.

bobcat reconyx trail cam picture

They are very secretive cats and are nocturnal preferring thick wooded areas for hunting. Here in the mountains of South Carolina we have a good many bobcats.

bobcat

This was the last picture taken of the bobcat.

raccoons at night

Raccoons looking for foood.

Small Waterfalls

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 mountain waterfall

I have read many articles about a cave on our mountain that was used during the revolutionary war and a revolutionary war grave site. I have made many hikes across the mountain in my attempt to find both of these. This time I decided to hike across the Southside of the mountain about one-third down from the top. Since there are no trails I had to use my compass to stay on track. My hike was about 2 miles round trip in some really rough terrain and dense trees.

south carolina waterfall

After hiking for about 35 minutes I found myself in a huge ravine that impossible to get across so I followed it down the mountain hoping to find a away across. Then I found a large spring, water was bubbling out of the ground everywhere. As I continued to walk down the ravine there were numerous springs that had formed a good size creek. I continued to follow the creek and before I knew it I could hear water falling. It got louder as I got closer and finally I could see there were two waterfalls.

waterfalls

It appeared many, many years ago someone had built a wall with a 10 foot long channel that pooled the water that then lead to the first fall. The water from a creek like this was often used many years ago to make moonshine. This water is very cold and crystal clear. I climbed down to see the waterfall and below the fall was another small pool of water with another small waterfall.

waterfall on paris mountain

The waterfalls are on the South side of the mountain, I checked my compass and the falls are facing exactly 180 degrees south.

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