I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of an outdoor enthusiast. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a walk in the neighborhood or along the beach, but camping, fishing and even gardening are not things that I did for fun. But the pandemic changed a lot of that. Now my appreciation for being outdoors and trying new outdoor activities and adventures has changed.
Twenty years ago when my husband Paul suggested getting an RV and taking a cross country trip with our two children, the oldest 19 at the time, and the youngest 10, I quickly declined. No way was I going to rough it camping and living in such a tiny space for weeks. Well, fast forward, and now the kids are grown and camping has definitely changed. It no longer requires living in the wilderness with no “creature comforts.” In fact, these days, you can enjoy all the comforts of home while camping and traveling the countryside. So, guess who is camping, walking trails and even gardening now, ME! I haven’t quite gotten the fishing thing just yet, but thanks to our generous friend and neighbor Herbert Lowman, who’s mastered the sport of fishing and doesn’t mind sharing his catch with his neighbors, I’m cleaning fish and enjoying a fresh catch.
In this edition of IMARA Woman Magazine, we’re highlighting folks who are taking advantage of all nature has to offer and are discovering South Carolina’s great outdoor places. There is a wonderful new way to explore South Carolina from the upstate to the Lowcountry, and it’s called the Palmetto Trails (page 18). And, if you like vintage RVs, then you’ll enjoy Dr. Gail Wilson’s story about her love of camping and how and why she refurbished a classic Airstream (page 20). You don’t have to live in the city to have a community garden. Rural communities are also getting in on the act. The town of Eastover started a community garden in the Spring and young and old are working together, learning more about nature and growing fresh fruits and vegetables for the town (page 22).
So, take a look around and discover the beauty of South Carolina’s rivers, mountains, lakes and trails. You’ll be absolutely amazed at what you’ll find.