We're back! After a few restful weeks and celebrating Cameron's 30th birthday with family we were headed back to our home away from home. Every year since we got our little Coleman (R.I.P.) we have headed down to Georgia to Elijah Clark State Park around Cameron's birthday.
When we first went in 2019, we absolutely loved it. The park is right on the Savannah River, and the sites are gorgeous. This year, we were supposed to go Valentine's Day weekend, but the weather along the east coast wasn't really camping friendly that weekend. We were able to move the trip no problem. I did however have to change sites, so we were unsure what our new site would be like. Turns out it was even better than our previous sites!
Elijah Clark is about 3.5 hours from our house, so we always try and take an extra day to make sure we get the most out of the trip. This time we were there Friday through Monday. We left Friday evening and got down to the park by 9:30PM to set up, eat some soup, and relax with some beer. We headed to bed to prepare for some good hiking and canoeing the next few days!
The next morning we got up expecting to see some sunshine, however the weather had played some tricks, and it was actually really cloudy. Slightly disappointed, we sat and had our coffee, talking about what we might set out to do for the day. We decided on checking in at the campground office to browse the store, before taking a hike on the trails.
Believe it or not, in the 2 years we have come before, we never actually hiked. The beach was always so inviting that we would just sit and relax. It was good to try the hike and see what it had to offer! It was a 3 mile loop that went along the water and had some pretty views and interesting trees. While we were wrapping up the hike, the weather decided to grace us with some rain sprinkles. Luckily, it was nothing major, and we were almost finished so we made our way back to the trailer to have some lunch.
The sky started to clear, and the sun came out, which felt so good. We set up our hammocks to enjoy some relaxing lake lounging. There is something about Elijah Clark, but there are always awesome trees to hang hammocks from in all the sites. It is a must-do when you camp at the park. We enjoyed the sunshine and lake while admiring some of the boats that were out on the water. We laid in our hammocks until sunset. It was an incredible night for a sunset over the water. The colors were so vibrant full of orange and pink. It was amazing! After some perfect views, we headed inside to enjoy salads for dinner followed by an evening walk then heading to bed.
Sunday morning Cameron and I got up and decided to walk around the park and check out the other campground and cabins. The state park is incredible in size and has over 122 sites. We wanted to check out the other campground and see all the trailers. This was definitely the most full we have ever seen the park and almost every waterfront site was taken. We roamed around the park, admiring all the setups and trailers.
One camper asked us if we were the ones who owned the VW camper van. He said "you like like you would drive that." We laughed and said no, flattered that we appeared to look like hippies.
It seemed like most people were checking out on Sunday. Normally we are one of those that have to leave on Sunday to head back to reality, so it felt good to have the extra day for once! We made our way back to the campsite and decided to take some fun photos on the beach before stealing the firewood from campsites that had left.
It was fairly windy on the beach, but we figured it was nice enough to take the canoe out. The sun had finally warmed up things, so we loaded up the canoe and set off to a beach across the water.
The paddle to the beach was really nice. We enjoyed the water and sun as we made our way around the park. We landed on a little beach area that looked across to our trailer. We hung out on the beach enjoying all the sunshine. Cameron even took a little nap!
We noticed the water had some white caps and figured it was time to head back in. The wind had really shifted while we were sun bathing, and our ride back into shore was a little choppy and tough to navigate. We basically got tossed back into the shore by the waves.
Safely back on land, we load up the canoe and headed back up to the trailer. The wind had really picked up so we warmed up inside with some showers and food.
He likes pizza.