South Carolina

21 September 2015

The little things can make or break the big things. The only time “a cherry on top” benefits an ice cream sundae is when the ice cream, chocolate syrup, diced peanuts, and whipped cream are of good quality. When those bases are filled, this little touch can complete the ensemble. The Maraschino cherry is not that great on its own, but as a complement to a greater whole, it just seems right. For my trip, Sassafras Mountain was the cherry on top.

 

After another night in a WalMart parking lot and most of the day spent driving, I approached the top of South Carolina. The mountain posed little challenge in accessibility—the peak was easy to find, required little to no hiking, and the roads to the summit were clear of snow and crowds. There wasn’t much of a view from the highpoint itself, but the thick woods surrounding the mountain were lovely in the afternoon sun. After four highpoints in two days, snatching a fifth was a great way to conclude the trip.

 

Sassafras Mountain. 3533 ft / 1077 m. 26 May 2014.

 

South Carolina