Cabin Fever

Message From The Director

It sure has been a long winter, with record rainfall, some surprise snow and some of our coldest monthly temperatures on record.

While there were sure some fun times – for instance, every park but Edisto Beach and Hunting Island got a blanket of snow Valentine’s Weekend – I wouldn’t be surprised to hear most of us have a bit of cabin fever and are ready to move onto spring.

So who has “cabin fever” and what exactly is it, anyway? The dictionary explains that in part it’s “a reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in, in a small space, with nothing to do, for an extended period. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, forgetfulness, and excessive sleeping…” hummm. 

So what’s the cure for cabin fever? How ‘bout a trip to a state park!

It won’t be long before spring wildflowers start to pop up from a long winter’s rest, where the pale red of buds is the prelude to brilliant greens of returning leaves that seem to awaken the forest.

Suddenly the air is filled with warm breezes, the birds fill the air with songs of spring, even the sun cooperates with longer days providing opportunities to reconnect with nature and each other. There is something about being in a state park in the spring, it’s therapeutic, and the certain cure for cabin fever.

During 2010 we encourage you to explore your state parks, take a hike, spend the night, sit by a campfire, roast a marshmallow, feel the warm breezes and the mud between your toes. Experience some of the things that are must see’s and do’s in South Carolina’s state parks.

Over the next several months we’ll be giving you ideas for great adventures in state parks and providing you with some of the top 5 things to see and do at each state park. So stayed turned and watch the Web site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ideas and our top five lists.

Be thinking of your top five things to see and do at your favorite park and let us know. In the meantime, remember the best cure for cabin fever is to ... Come Out and Play !

See you in the parks!