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The final few days of the CC Gathering and on to Dillon, SC

Thursday 11/15/2012

Bass Lake RV Campground

Dillon, SC

It’s been just over a week since we left our friends at the Carolina Clan Gathering (CCG) at Huntington Beach State Park.  We had a really great time!  Our last blog entry took us through Friday, 11/2.  Here’s a recap of our last four days at the CCG.

Saturday, 11/3, we took a walk down “the historic straight road” which passes through a freshwater marsh/swamp area of the park.  It’s closed to vehicular traffic and is just used as a walking trail now.

Ray, Kris, and Dee joined us as we leisurely walked the “road” together.  To our right was the fresh water lagoon…

and to our left was a swamp.


We were warned about alligators by multiple signage.

Soon enough we did spot an alligator!

It’s hard to see, but it’s just above center, peeking out of the murky water.  A little further down the path we spotted another smaller one.

Again it’s just above center, just sunning itself.  We also saw a few turtles and a snake!  It was in the tall grass just to the side of the trail.  NO PICTURES OF THE SNAKE!!!  I didn’t want to get close enough for a picture.  We all continued on down the “road” until we reached a local traffic service road.  Here they come…
(Terri, Dee, Kris, and Ray)

and there they go!!!

By the way, we did not maintain the speed limit. Smile  We circled around until we were at the causeway.  The freshwater lagoon was on one side…

and the saltwater marsh was on the other side.

About halfway across the causeway we met up with Gary and Peggy and watched the various birds out on the freshwater lagoon.
(Dee, Gary, Ray, Peggy, Kris, and Terri)

There were butterflies and cattails along the causeway.

This dude was just chillin’ here in the sun.

He didn’t seem bothered by any of us walking by and gawking at him.

Eventually we made it back to the campground, and Kris and Ray brought their three dogs outside to meet us.  They sure are cuties.

A little later some of us headed out to sit on the beach for a while.
(Lee, Martha, Terri, George, Laurie, and Dee)

Late in the afternoon many of us gathered for a “swap meet” at the fire ring.  Some of the things offered up for grabs were a small table, wine rack, backpack, dog washing kit, shower rack, a TV,  bike seats, dog bed, and a step stool.

Bill was the “auctioneer” for the event!

Last but not least was a George Foreman Grill that made the rounds at last year’s CCG.

Unbeknownst to Steve and Evin, they were the final “recipients” of the grill last year!  About four months had passed before they found it stashed in one of their kayak compartments!  This year someone actually wanted the grill, so Steve conducted a formal presentation while we all watched and listened with intensity and anticipation!

Selene was the happy recipient of the George Foreman Grill…

and then the campfires were started.

Sunday, 11/4, was a pretty quiet day.  Terri and I took a long walk northward on the beach.  We watched the waves, the birds, and the people and saw a very detailed sandcastle.

Later in the afternoon we all gathered for pizza which Laurie had ordered earlier in the day and Bill and Paul D. went to pick up.  They brought back 10 huge delicious looking pizzas.

This is one of the meat lovers pizzas…

also available were cheese pizzas and veggie pizzas.  The pizza was really good, and we all sat around the campfires and indulged.

Monday, 11/5, was another quiet day around the campground.  Terri and I took another walk on the beach.  This time we headed south and just strolled along watching the waves and birds.

Later we went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill with Paul and Marti, and after dinner we headed over to the nightly campfire.

Tuesday, 11/6, was our original departure date.  However, we had been keeping an eye on the weather and rain was predicted for Tuesday.  So on Sunday we decided to extend our stay another day to leave on Wednesday.  Well the weather forecasters were right!

We don’t like to travel on rainy days and were definitely glad that we made the right decision.  That afternoon we met up with Jim and Dee for lunch and a movie.  After our stop at Arby’s we headed to the movie theater complex.

We walked in looking for a ticket window to buy our movie tickets.  We found a snack bar and even a bowling alley!  But, we couldn’t find the ticket window.  Then we saw the lines for the tickets.  Everyone was waiting to use the automated kiosks. Sad smile

Just another example of technology replacing humans.Sad smile  Someone did tell us that you can still buy your tickets from a human at the snack counter, but the lines were so long we would have been late for the movie.  The movie we went to see was Argo.

This was an excellent movie loosely based on a true story about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.  After the movie Jim and Dee headed back to the campground while we made a run to Camping World, Petsmart, and Walmart.  After completing our errands we headed back to the campground for our last nightly campfire with the group.  We sure did have a great time at the CCG hanging out with all of our friends.  Hopefully we’ll see some of them again real soon! Smile

Wednesday, 11/7, after getting diesel we packed up, stopped at the dump station, and then headed northwest to Bass Lake RV Campground in Dillon, SC.

It’s a Passport America park with a nightly rate of $17.44 including tax.  That rate is only good for three nights.  We decided to stay one night and see if we liked it here.  We have a full hookup site with 50 Amp, and I was able to get the satellite dish set up with a strong signal on the first try.  When I turned on the TV to check the signal I already had high 90’s and 100’s.Open-mouthed smile  We can get ABC, CBS, and FOX with the antenna, but not NBC.  Thursday we decided to renew for two more nights, and on Saturday we went ahead and paid for a month at the monthly rate of $395 including electric.  Bass Lake isn’t a real big campground, and it seems to be quiet except for the I95 traffic noise.  The “residents” here all seem to be very friendly.  Here’s a couple pictures of our site #A10.

There’s a Cameo parked a couple spaces down… but unfortunately it’s not our good friends Jim and Dee.

Here’s a couple shots of the lake.

We’ve been here now for about a week.  So far we like it except we can’t watch NBC.  Also, there is only one washer and one dryer, so that’s a bit of a hassle.  We haven’t gotten out too much yet, but we did drive past South of the Border.  We’ll have to go and check that out one of these days.  We also drove down to Little Pee Dee State Park and checked out the campground and lake, but I’ll write about that in an upcoming post.

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  1. If you are going to be at Bass Lake that amount of time, you might enjoy going to Bishopville on a day trip to see Pearl's Topiary Garden. :)

  2. Great post Mike. Glad to see pictures of all the auctioned items. I wondered what happened to George but didn't want to stir the pot by asking. Glad someone finally wanted poor George. Very nice looking step stool. I sure wouldn't give mine away. That's a real find me thinks. What did you and Terri give and take? Sure sounds like a lot of fun!!

    I want to know how you do those beautiful beach collages. Will you give me lessons in exchange for a bar of Octagon? :-)))

  3. We're already suffering from YWD (Young Withdrawal Disorder). Time goes too fast when we get together.

    Great price on that CG, we stayed there 35 years ago on our way to Disney World on our honeymoon. Motorcycle and pup tent back then.

    South of the Boarder has a campground behind the Rocket sign, we've stayed there a couple of times. The rest of the place? Prepare to be underwhelmed.

  4. Thank you so much for not getting close enough to take a picture of that sn*ke! It allowed me to read all the way to the bottom :)

    I loved your pictures of the ocean. I can't believe that I never took even one picture from the beach! I guess I'll have to go back and take some next time :)

    The lake pictures are gorgeous too. That water looks like glass with the trees reflecting back. Beautiful!

  5. Miss the CC already! We've stayed at Bass Lake before also. Easy in and out is nice and the lake/pond is pretty too.

  6. Great Post!! Can't believe how fast the time went. If you get the chance, swing over and check out Cheraw State Park. It is the site of the original CCG. You'll love it and take the walk around the lake. Great place to kayak:o))

  7. Great recap of the last few days. We too miss everyone already :( Seems so long ago already!

  8. Ditto to Nancy's comment about Cheraw SP. It's a great place and small!

  9. Thanks for the update. We miss everyone at the CC. The trees haven't turned color at Bass Lake like when we were there last year. It gets really pretty. I hope you're enjoying your stay.

  10. Thanks for stopping by our blog. I recognize your rig ... and looks like the log cabin rig was in our spot when you first came in; found it in the storage area in the back when we were there :-)