The point of the 50-state paddle is to show that everywhere is awesome and everywhere has paddleable water. So I hesitate to say that some are “favorites.” But this was a really good day. I've been in, SC all week and this is a great city that values the outdoors and walkability. The downtown is vibrant 20 hours a day and night, and is designed for residents, not just tourists. But I digress. It is an easy drive to the Chattooga River from Greenville, where we whitewater rafted Section IV with Wildwater Ltd. It is a Wild and Scenic River, so you don't hear road noise or see boats from other outfitters. There's something about the river that makes you be able to see and appreciate the rapids instead of just focus-scream-flatwater-repeat. I was engaged in a way I don't remember in the past.
Then we headed over to Lake Jocasse to SUP state number 42. As you can see from the photos, it was beautiful and sunny all around, but raining wherever we were paddling, but it didn’t matter. They call this view of the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment the "Blue Wall" for obvious reasons. The take was created by Duke Energy and is inside what is now Devil’s Fork State Park, and has very little development on its shores.
I had my own board in my trunk, but the folks at Invert loaned us boards. I've wanted to paddle their boards for years. They make them using environmentally friendly resins and are started to make boards from the foam of busted old boards (ordering one soon, Matt). And their workspace in Hampton Station is beyond. And then these warm marcona almonds post-paddle at Foxcroft Wine Shop, which is a wine shop/restaurant, so they charge retail prices for restaurant wine. So, state 42, South Carolina is in the books and I love #yeahthatgreenville.