As part of my Hubby’s 30th birthday celebration I took him on a trip, destination unknown (to him), the weekend following his big day. I knew with this being a weekend trip I didn’t want to travel too far away, as that would eat up too much of the trip. Having wanted to go hiking for a while and knowing that he enjoys the outdoors immensely (more so than I), I chose to head to Upstate South Carolina. Since I knew we would be hiking near the North Carolina/Tennessee state lines I figured we should stay somewhere near Greenville, but maybe a little more in between the two.
Being an avid AirBnB user, I decided to hit up that site first when choosing where we might stay. One of my favorite parts about using a site such as this to find places to stay is the ability to find unique abodes as well as to rent the entire place (be it a home, apartment, condo, etc.). It is also perfect when we are able to find places where we can bring our pup along, which is something we could never do in a hotel!
My search for places to stay brought me to a very unique dome. It was a great price (has gone up since we rented it!) and although pets weren’t mentioned in their specific amenities, they did mention small non-shedding dogs in their description. First things first, I emailed the owner to inquire and lo and behold, he said we could bring Rory! I knew it then, that we had to rent this wonderfully unique abode!
Although I took a slightly longer route to get to the dome (I’m usually not in the driver seat on trips) it ended up being perfect. Going the longer route allowed us to drive through some of the most gorgeous tree covered roads winding through the mountains.
On Saturday we meandered further upstate to visit Caesars Head State Park for a morning hiking excursion. We even brought Rory so she could experience her first ever hiking adventure!
It ended up being the perfect morning for hiking. It had rained the evening before and add that in with being in the mountains, it most likely never got above 75 degrees and was shady almost the entire hike. Perfect weather for us and for pup (she would have never been able to come with us had it been warmer).
Off we went, down the trail to go see Raven Cliff Falls, the tallest waterfall in South Carolina!
The shady trail had some lovely rays of sun beaming through at different points. There were even manmade stairs on the trail!
We finally made it to the top! Rory pulled us the entire way up, loving every second of it! This was our first family hiking excursion that we hope is followed by many more!
It was a lovely view, however, I did think we would be a bit closer to the falls. Later doing some research on the trail, I found out there is a place near the overlook that you can veer off and actually hike over to the falls. We’ll have to visit this trail again and possible make our own adventure next time!
It was a magnificent morning for a hike in South Carolina and hopefully will be our first of many. This hike made us both that much more excited for all of our hiking adventures we will have when we visit Glacier National Park in August. Too bad we can’t bring our fluffy bundle of joy with us to drag us around the park in Montana!
We also visited Downtown Greenville and Downtown Greenwood on this trip. Be on the lookout for the posts about those awesome stops on Clay’s Birthday Extravaganza Weekend!