This video came into fruition thanks to an article a Facebook friend of mine posted. I didn't really read much beyond the title, "There’s An Old Abandoned Canal In South Carolina You Can Actually Explore", but I clicked the link and the pictures were enough to entice me. I decided almost immediately that I would go the next day and film the adventure as it unraveled.
It was winter -- an admittedly mild winter -- but winter nonetheless, and that meant that the beautiful green foliage in the photo above was missing. Taking photo or video of wilderness in winter isn't exactly visually pleasing. You don't get the beautiful greens and blossoming flowers of spring or summer and you don't get the vibrant oranges and yellows that come with the changing of the leaves in autumn. Everything's just kind of brown. I didn't think about this until I got there, but it was still an amazing experience nonetheless.
The Catawba river runs alongside the abandoned Canal and there is a trail that runs closer to the river and another trail that runs along the different remaining parts of the canal. The canal trail is obviously where I spent most of my time. Although, when I got back home and reexamined the article, I realized that I only saw half of the trail! Determined to make a more complete video about this canal, I returned the next week and finished what I had started. Exploring the trail will surely be a one-day trip for just about everyone, but setting up my camera and getting all of the shots that I wanted proved to be quite time consuming.
If you live near the area, I highly recommend checking it out. It's two dollars per person and you pay buy putting money in an envelope, so I guess you could be a dick and not pay, but it's not expensive so just pay. It's called Landsford Canal State Park and is located at 2051 Park Drive, Catawba, South Carolina.
If you have been there or have any ideas for where I should go next, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time.