Fun fact, for those of you who don't know, my boyfriend is huge into cosplay and urban decay photography (which pairs well with his Fallout cosplay!). So we often find ourselves in the middle of small town South Carolina exploring these decaying relics of our past.
Real talk - this isn't always my favorite because we end up in some places that scare me. But it brings him joy and it's never boring!
On the docket for our last trip was the Buffalo Mill in Buffalo, South Carolina.
This mill was a textile mill built in the early 1900s.
Something we did not take into account with this trip was that it was July in South Carolina. If you've never experienced a southern summer-consider yourself blessed.
It was HOT.
Poor boyfriend was in his jumpsuit, just sweating for the perfect picture. I was wearing shorts and a tank top and felt like I could pass out from heat exhaustion-so i can't imagine where he was. In fact, it was so hot that his camera actually gave up. It stopped working about halfway through our time here, and he had to take it in to get fixed that week.
Which made our next stop perfect.
Croft State Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Croft State Park was an army training base in WWII. It has 20 miles of biking and hiking trails, and offers camping and fishing. It has over 7000 acres of park.
We stopped in the gift shop to get our Ultimate Outsider books stamped and the woman working was one of the nicest state park employees we have ever met. It definitely just solidifies the idea that outdoorsy people are the best people. Boyfriend was looking for a specific bridge he wanted to photograph. She instructed us to go down the Croft Passage on the Palmetto Trail.
Hiking the Palmetto Trail is one of my ultimate goals. It's 500 miles of cross-state hiking. It starts on the coast near Awendaw and goes all the way up to the mountains.
Sadly - the bridge had been washed away a few weeks ago! So that was a bummer.
What wasn't a bummer was the cool, lazy river that we could hang out in.
We took off our shoes and hung out here with our feet in the water. It was the perfect way to cool down after being in the insane summer heat.
We did encounter this friendly friend on the way back.
I was walking and boyfriend grabbed me and pulled me back. It scared the poop out of me. (Not really, but almost). I knew exactly what he was stopping me for before I saw it.
Luckily, it was just a black rat snake - they aren't venomous. And since we didn't startle him, he just slithered on his way without paying any attention to us.
But, let this be a warning! Watch where you step!
Another fun fact about Croft State Park is that it's horse-friendly! There are a lot of horse trails and a show ring. So if you own a horse and want to get out - this is the place to go!