We arrived at Santee SP on Lake Marion east of Elloree yesterday and found it to be…interesting.
You know how usually you pull into a park and find a check-in kiosk? We found a signpost. And went miles and miles down what appeared to be an ancient state road to turn left as the sign indicated to an office. It was a bait shop; the office was the next building over.
After a tidbit of heated discussion we got checked and sent to the campground…a few miles away. So we went back out to the signpost and turned left. We bounced and jounced along past the Sinkhole Trail, past another big sinkhole along the road, only to end up on a dirt road that had a bit of hard dirt between the potholes.
It was where we wanted to be.
We had to drive all the way around the CG just for the idiot to miss the turn and go around again. Seems that Mom didn’t sign up to go off-roading.
We found our spot and the idiot executed a 50-point turn between the trees and stuck that sucker right in there. Thank you for your applause.
It took a bit of manuevering to get past the trees.
Today we’re futzing around. A couple who had been here a while informed us that no showerhouses on this end of the park have hot water. I informed Mom that our outdoor shower works fine; if they can’t provide us hot water we’ll make ’em suffer.
Mountain-girl Mom does the hunter-gatherer thing.
Since it’s Friday the park’s filling up. A local couple showed up next site with a poontang boat. You know, a poontang boat, one that has floats on each side and you anchor out in the lake and get some. A poontang boat. Anyway, they’re nice folks.
I really like this park. Campsites aren’t very close; they’re hollerin’ close but not too close. The entire thing here is a place to camp while you go fishing.
Lake Marion is huge and offers some good fishing.
However, the campsites are hemmed in by trees. Although our campsite is 50+ feet, it was impossible to get in without running over the neighbor’s fire pit and I don’t know how we’ll get out. That’s a topic for another day.
We’ll be back.
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