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After lurking and gleaning canoe information from this site, I've decided become official and join. I am currently a flat water canoeist and enjoy lakes, rivers and tripping with some whitewater kayaking thrown in. I Just got back from a trip to the Western Pennsylvania Solo canoe Rendezvous and then on to the Whitney Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks for a four day solo trip. I ended up wind bound on Lake Lila, but that makes for part of the adventure.
Thanks to all for the advice that I have garnered here in the past and I'm sure that I will be learning more in the future.
Dave
 
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Welcome Dave. Glad you could join us. Would love to hear about Western Pa rendezvous.
 

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Welcome to site membership, Dave! We look forward to your contributions to our canoe community. South Carolina is one of my personal favorite places to paddle, especially the Sparkleberry Swamp.
 
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Welcome, Dave. We are happy to have you join us.
 
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Hi Dave, welcome.
Let’s hear more about your Whitney Wilderness trip
What were you paddling? Pics?
Quite a drive from SC, I feel almost guilty having the ADK’s in my backyard.
 
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Thanks to all for the welcome.
Glenn: SC is an interesting area with many types on environments. I have yet to make it to Sparkleberry but it is on my do list!
Erica: I'm glad to finally be here too.
Stripperguy: I will be putting together a trip report on the Whitney adventure; it doesn't always go as planned. For this trip I took my Grasse River Classic XL. Here is a photo with more to come in the trip report.
 

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I will be getting around to that as I go along. Now that I am back from my trip, that dreaded fiend called "Work" will have to be dealt with. I will be mostly doing short local day paddles for a while.
 
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Dave,
I have a cultural question.
You introduced yourself as being from “upstate” South Carolina, is there a significant difference from other parts of SC?
I know little of SC, just that it’s a long drive on the way to FL.

Folks around here always respond as being from “upstate” NY.
Invariably inquirers assume a response of “I’m from NY” to mean that we live in NYC, hence the “upstate” preemptive clarification.

So, is there a similar preemptive disclaimer needed for upstate SC?
 
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The Upstate region of South Carolina, sometimes called the Upcountry, is the northwest corner of our triangular shaped state located in or near the Appalachian mountains. The other regions as you move to the coast are the Midlands and Peedee (northern coastal area) and the Lowcountry (the southern coastal area). For paddlers, one of the main lines of demarcation is the fall line between the Upstate and the Midlands which can give up to Class 3 rapids.
 
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Upcountry speech is unique. I was sitting with a friend in a diner in Anderson . She had lived there two years. The server asked me three times what I wanted to drink..The first two times I had NO idea what the server was saying. My friend " interpreted". What do you want to drink? The dialect is very much rooted in Old English and to the untrained ear( me) sounds like talking through gravel.

Another time a worker asked me if I had visited the "biled p..nis" stand not far from my friends house. He wasn't being vulgar just wanted to promote boiled peanuts.
I'll see my self out
 
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All SC speech is unique (I grew up there). One nephew (Ed) his mother calls "A-yed", and the other, Brian, his mother calls "Brine". We grew up near the Pee Dee; one brother is in the Lowcountry, the other in the Upcountry. I'm a Westerner, as in the West.
 
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Yes, the speech of the South is still quite varied and I can often tell what part of the south someone is from after a few words. The lilt of a Charleston (SC) accent is quite a bit different from the Appalachian dialects, the Deep South drawls or especially the French influence of the Louisiana "Cajun" vernacular. Even with the changes due to of media and immigration, many of the varied accents still endure. I was in Tennessee a few years ago and had the same problem understanding a waitress with a very distinctive Nashville nasal twang.
 
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