We packed up the Pine Bark Outfitters gear, Marley man, and the canoe and headed south to Hickory Knob State Park, SC on Lake Strom Thurmond. We booked campsite 10 and it worked out really nice as there was a path down to the lake from the RV pad that we used as our campsite. We strapped up 2 of the PBO hammocks and tested out some of our other gear samples that we are working on.
The temperature was very hot --upper 90s for most of the trip. It was nice having the lake nearby to take a dip and get some relief from the heat and humidity. It was our first time at Lake Strom Thurmond and it is a beautiful lake. Leigh was awoken at 5:30 when the sun came up and she was able to get some amazing photos of the water with the breath-taking sunrise.
Around 7am we began our first venture of the day on the canoe. The water was like glass and there was very little traffic on the lake. I dropped a few lines hoping for a nice catch, no luck. We returned to camp and prepared breakfast before returning back to the water for a second outing.
This time we went out through the Hickory Knob channel and hung a left, and after paddling a little ways, we ran the canoe ashore so I could do some fishing. Although I didn't catch anything I did see a couple Longnose Gar swimming by. They were about 2 and a half feet in length, and are a really cool looking fish. I attached a link to the SC DNR page if you aren't familiar with that they look like. Marley constantly retrieving and swimming around me probably didn't help my fishing luck much.
We paddled back to shore and relaxed in the hammocks for awhile to take a break from the heat. After grabbing some lunch, we headed up to the Lakeview Loop Trail, which is a 7.2 mile hike with the trail-head located near the entrance of the park. The trail is pretty narrow and has some slopes, but is overall pretty leisurely. The trees aren't very crowded, so there are pockets of sunshine along the trail. We didn't encounter much wildlife but there sure were a lot of people enjoying the 4th of July weekend on their boats!
We highly recommend this park as there was a lot to enjoy and such beautiful local scenery.
Time to abruptly change topics. PBO Facebook page ran a 10% off hammocks sale this past holiday week with success. We also ran a giveaway to try and get 500 likes on our Facebook page. We came up a little short, but still had a ton of views, comments, and likes. We ended the day with 399 page likes! Thanks to everyone who liked the page and shared the link. We really appreciate all the positive feedback and words of encouragement!