Woo! We had a weekend off. You know what that means!? Camping trip!
We didn't want to go too far during such a busy time, so we called John up and made our way to Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC.
If you're anything like me, I couldn't figure out how to say the park's name. Apparently, it's a common problem because most people just call it "Sesqui."
Rose and I had never been to this park, so we were curious to see what it was like. If you look at the map, it almost looks like a central park type deal in the middle of the state capital of South Carolina. We were expecting it to be busy and noisy with all the city traffic. Luckily, we were wrong.
Driving into the park was rather busy, but once you got in, it became a whole different story. There was nothing but woods, space and quiet; it was just the way we like!
Usually, Rose and I have a tried-and-true system for packing. I handle the beer (ahem... soda) cooler and get everything loaded. Rose is in charge of, well, basically everything else, but especially the food cooler. I'm pretty sure it has to do with my forgetfulness...
Anyway, this time we messed up our system. I thought I was "helping" to load the food cooler, and Rose thought I was just loading the food cooler myself. Long story short, we (I) forgot the hotdogs, which was our dinner plan for Saturday night.
After a hectic start to the trip, we arrived late Friday afternoon. John showed up a little while later and we all enjoyed some "soda" to finish out the night.
The next morning, we woke up and enjoyed some coffee to get the day started. We had big plans: lots of hiking and biking. Sesquicentennial is known is known for it's awesome trails, so we had to check them out.
There were tons to choose from. We started the day with a little hike through the woods. Bailey hadn't been on a camping trip before, so she was a little nervous/anxious/super excited to see and smell everything. She got herself quite worked up but finished out the hike strong!
After our couple-mile hike, we decided to break for lunch before hitting the bike trails.
Of course, Rose and I only have two bikes. I'm still not sure why anyone would offer to do this, but Rose gave her bike to John and literally ran next to us for about three miles. I would have died...
The bike trails were super cool—especially for a fat person like me. There weren't any major hills to climb, and the trail topography changed so frequently that it kept it interesting. Riding through sand pits is both hard and fun!
After feeling like we earned our "sodas" (especially Rose), we headed back to camp to finish out the fun weekend. We got in a little photoshoot before the sun went down.
Sesquicentennial was probably one of our favorite parks we went to this season. It was only about an hour and a half from our house, and it had everything you'd want in a campground. Definitely a do-over!
He likes pizza.