Kayaking Couple Paddles their Way to Second Place

Vacation Quest members Mike and Karen B. are avid kayakers, but even they couldn’t predict the hidden treasures they’d find on their trip to Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. The amazing moment took second place in our Wild and Fun category and Karen was kind enough to tell us about her adventures!

Where did you take this wonderful photo?

We were staying in Dillard, Georgia, at the Timeshares of Sky Valley. We loved the place. About an hour away was Lake Jocassee. It was a long kayak ride, but it was worth every minute seeing the waterfall (Mill Creek Falls). The water was clear blue. We’re from Oklahoma, so we’re used to red clay-colored water.

Why did you choose to travel to Georgia?

We chose northern Georgia because it’s near where Mike’s daughter lives, there are a lot of waterfall hikes and a lot of kayaking. The resort was a great jump-off point for Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee – we went everywhere.

The resort was beautiful. You could stay there the whole week and not have to leave. It had its own waterfall hike and fishing. We wanted to find big, clear mountain lakes and that’s what we did.

What else stood out about this trip?

“The beauty of Georgia in spring, taken at Amicalola Falls State Park.”

We were amazed at the beauty of the flowers. We intentionally went in the spring so we could see the dogwoods. Northern Georgia mountains in the spring compete with Hawaii for beauty. It was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been in my life.

And, this might sound weird, but everything was clean. The land looked picture-perfect. The people were awesome.

Do you kayak often?

We are addicted to kayaking. We love it passionately (laughs). It’s a constant theme.

Where is the best place you have kayaked?

This trip was definitely a favorite; I would go back in a heartbeat. Lake Jocassee was gorgeous. If it’s not the favorite, it’s definitely near the top.

“Kayaking in the rain on Lake Nantahala North Carolina, while staying in Dillard, GA.”

We visited another lake in North Carolina – Lake Nantahala. We kayak many rivers, such as Buffalo River in Arkansas, and there’s some great kayaking in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at Lake Ouachita.

It’s such a hard question because rivers and lakes are so different. You know that Pocahontas song, “Just around the River Bend?” That’s for real. At Lake Jocassee, the waterfall was a surprise. We knew it was there before we left, but we didn’t take a map with us. That’s the first time we’ve seen a waterfall while kayaking – it was so awesome so I took the picture. It’s hard to get Mike to lean over and smile for me, so that was kind of special.

How are you going to use your free Expressway week?

I looked and saw value season is in September, and we actually love fall vacations. We don’t have kids at home so fall is a great time to go. Believe it or not, my husband said he wants to go to Costa Rica! We also talked about San Diego and Hot Springs, Arkansas. We’re kind of all over the place with that right now. It’s a big world and I want to see a lot of it!

And we certainly hope you do, Karen! It seems as if you are well on your way, so enjoy your next trip and be sure to send us some photos!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Vacation Quest since September. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.