8 Rocks Found in the Woods of South Carolina

Rock, paper, scissors? Of course, I always choose rocks! There is a beauty within every single rock that can be found during a long walk in the woods. And for all the rock hounds in the house… here are the 8 precious rocks that can be found in the woods of SC. Plus, many other gemstones are waiting to be discovered.

Photo: LilArtsy (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Clear Crystal Quartz

Photo: Benjamin Lehman, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Clear Crystal Quartz is known for brining the body back to balance. It is a crystal that amplify energy and is very restorative. Crystal quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It is silicon dioxide (SiO2). It is the most abundant crystal found at Earth’s surface, and its unique properties make it one of the most useful natural substances.

Photo: Jene Yeo, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Citrine

Photo: Benjamin Lehman, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Citrine is associated with positivity and positive optimism. Citrine is a transparent variety of quartz, a member of the silicates family. Citrine comes in variety of colors from yellow, yellowish brown, and smoky gray-brown.

Photo: Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Smoky Quartz

Photo: Esther Verdu, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Smoky quartz are minerals that frequently contain inclusions of gas (carbon dioxide), liquid (often both water and carbon dioxide), or solids (rutile). In the 12th century in China, smoky quartz flat panes were used as sunglasses. Smoky quartz is used as an amplifier of positive energy, and a talisman for energy protection.

Photo: Esther Verdu, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Milky Quartz

Photo: Who-Is-Denilo, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Milky quartz is any crystal quartz or cluster that is white in color, and translucent to opaque. This crystal is commonly known as the “phantom quartz” because inside the crystal has a ghostly appearance…it is a crystal within a crystal. Milky quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen… it is silicon dioxide (SiO2). Many have considered this stone to be known as a symbol of purity, along with the age of innocence.

Photo: Debra Roinestad, Combination: Milky Quartz & Clear Crystal with Smoky Quartz,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Mica

Photo: Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Mica has industrial uses such as electrical engineering, glass working, lamp shades, and cosmetics like highlighters. Mica is an aluminum mineral called phyllosilicate. Mica has been used as an amulet for protection and bringing positive energy back into your life.

Amethyst

Photo: Jen Theodore (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Amethyst is a semiprecious quartz variant with a distinctive purple color. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are hotspots for amethyst due to the soil’s high content of crystal and iron. When amethysts is heated treated, it becomes yellow like its cousin citrine. In ancient Greece, amethysts was used as drinking vessels. Amethyst is known to be a healing crystal to help alleviate stress.

Photo: Ilze Lucero, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Aquamarine

(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Aquamarine aids in calming the mind and helps with self-expression. Aquamarine is the mineral Beryl, a Beryllium Aluminum Silicate with the chemical formula Be3Al2(Si16O18).
In ancient times, sailors carried aquamarine with them to the sea, believing it would prevent them from drowning. Aquamarine is a popular stone for engagement rings. Overall, aquamarine is associated with tranquility and universal harmony. It’s connected to life in all its vitality and hope.

Henderson Gneiss

Photo: Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

I fondly call this rock, the ‘zebra rock’ because the striation looks like a zebra. 🦓 🙂
Genesis is a metamorphic rock that can easily be identified by its alternating layers of minerals known as gneissic banding. It is formed by high temperature and high-pressure metamorphic processes acting on formations composed of igneous or sedimentary rocks. Some genesis contains larger crystals such as, quartz, feldspar, mica, chlorite, and other clay minerals. Genesis has been used for beautiful floor tiles, facing stone, stair treads, window sills, countertops, and cemetery monuments.

“These gems have life in them: their color speak, say what words fail of.”
-George Eliot

Photo: Susan Wilkinson, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

What makes rocks so mystical?

Throughout history, many have used rocks and crystals for healing purposes.

It has helped restore comfort during stress and calmness during times of grief. I have found much comfort in my rock collection. 

Here is an article from Healthline on Healing Crystals 101 

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/guide-to-healing-crystals#science

And finally, this is my rock and gemstone collection. 🥰

🌟 May all the rocks be a stepping stone toward the right direction in your life. 🌟

Debra Roinestad

With Gratitude,
Debra Roinestad 🍃

Resources 

➡️ Diamond Hill Gemstone Mine 

The Crystal Collector, Dig Your Own Amethyst Smoky Quartz Crystals | Diamond Hill Mine South Carolina

➡️ Diamond Hill Gemstone Mine Website

click here: https://diamondhillmine.com/

What To Do When Visiting Hagood Mill Historic Site, SC

Hagood Mill Historic Site, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Looking for a fun place to explore? Family-friendly…check! Easy hiking…check! Fun and relaxing events…check! Then Hagood Mill Historic Site is the place for you.

Hagood Mill is a water-powered gristmill from 1845 built by James Hagood. The mill is still functioning to this day! Just simply watching the beautiful waterwheel rotating gently can be calming, washing the stress away.

(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Antique Gears from the Hagood Mill, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

On Saturday once a month grits, corn meal, and flour products are made. I purchased the grits and have to admit that it’s extremely delicious. So be sure to purchase a bag of corn grits at the Hagood Mill Mercantile when you stop on by. 😀👍

Corn Grits from the Hagood Mill Mercantile, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here is a link to all the upcoming events

https://www.hagoodmillhistoricsite.com/upcoming-events

Last month, I was at the ECSIT first Pow Wow event. It is a lovely celebration of American Indian culture in which people from diverse indigenous nations gather for the purpose of dancing, singing, and honoring their ancestors.

ECSIT first Pow Wow Event, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
ECSIT first Pow Wow Event,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
A very kind dancer let me take a picture with him.
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Hagood Mill Heritage Pavilion,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Refrigerator Man

Refrigerator Man magnet from the Hagood Mill Mercantile,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

And last but not least refrigerator man. Yes, you read that right…refrigerator man.
He is one of the many petroglyph images discovered in 2003 at the Hagood Creek by Michael Bramlett. He was named refrigerator man because of his large blocky body. There is a museum within the area where you can enjoy a narrated light show and see the actual large boulder. The museum also has a section of Native American artifacts as well. A must visit!

Petroglyphs, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Petroglyph at Hagood Mill Historical Site

Hope you stop on by and visit this wonderful historical site.

Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Much Love,
Debra Roinestad 🍃

Address: 138 Hagood Mill Rd. Pickens, SC 29671

➡️ website: https://www.hagoodmillhistoricsite.com/

➡️ Map https://mapcarta.com/W312496718

3 Reasons to visit Poinsett Bridge in South Carolina

Photo: Debra Roinestad, Poinsett Bridge, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

If you are visiting South Carolina or live within the area make sure to visit the Poinsett Bridge. This is an amazing historical site that dates back to 1820 and is the oldest surviving bridge in the state.

Photo: Kurt Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here are 3 reasons to visit the Poinsett Bridge.

Hiking
The Bridge is the centerpiece of 120-acre Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve. You can walk under the majestic 14-foot Gothic arch stone structure. Be sure to wear sturdy boots because there is a set of stone stairs with a partial railing as you walk down toward the bridge. The bridge was part of the State road that connected Charleston and Columbia with the North Carolina mountain communities. There is a beautiful stream of water, Little Gap Creek, with large rocks where you can stand and enjoy the architecture of the bridge and nature around you.

Stone stairs at Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Photo: Kurt Roinestad, Majestic Archway- Poinsett Bridge, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

History of Poinsett Bridge Traffic by Mann Batson

Mann Batson shares the history of Poinsett Bridge

Perfect for Photos
I have seen many people have photo shoots by the bridge. The rustic stone structure makes a lovely background for wedding pictures or any friends and family get-togethers. Also, it’s a popular destination for locals and visitors from out of town.

Photo: Debra Roinestad, Perfect for Photo shoots. Little Gap Creek, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Photo: Debra Roinestad, Moss covered rocks at Little Gap Creek (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Photo: Debra Roinestad, Beautiful Moss on Poinsett Bridge, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Lovely Sounds of the creek. Little Gap Creek Video by Dan The Mountain Man
Short Video about Poinsett Bridge by Dave Seminara
Photo: Kurt Roinestad, Panoramic of tree at Little Gap Creek, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Carolina Sweetshrub, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Ghost Stories
For the paranormal fans like myself, many stories of ghosts and paranormal activity have been reported in the area. Late at night, many have said that they see red, white, or green orbs floating around the area and some have heard voices from the bridge. Professional ghost hunters have reported EMF activity within the area.

Photo by: From Past To Future

Overall, A fun place to visit during the day and for the brave-hearted at night.

Address: 580 Callahan Mountain Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad 🍃

Maps for Reference

➡️ Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve (click on the link below)

https://mapcarta.com/W308398725

➡️ Little Gap Creek (click on the link below)

https://mapcarta.com/21298368/Map

Trail Camera Raccoons

Raccoons, Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hey Friends,

The raccoons are back in town. Kurt and I set the trail cameras further in the back of our cabin. See the previous post. The trail for the raccoons is very narrow and we had to crawl under a large fallen tree. Glad we did that! The raccoons here are very shy and difficult to capture on video. Also, see the previous post from February of raccoon on the trail camera here. Enjoy!

Much Love,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Raccoons, Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Raccoons, Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Raccoons, Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022


Trail Camera Ravens

Raven, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hello Friends!
Here are new videos from the trail cameras that we set up about a month ago. To read more about this adventure click here. We live near Raven Cliff Falls Trail …so we get many ravens stopping by.
If you are ever interested in visiting the area, here is a link to Raven Cliff Falls. To read more about ravens click on this link.
Enjoy! ❤️ 🌿
Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Camera, Ravens, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, March 2022
Trail Camera, Ravens and Squirrel, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, March 2022
Trail Camera, Ravens, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, March 2022