My Happy Place

What is your favorite place to escape and why?

I don’t have to go far to find a wonderful escape. In fact, it only takes maybe five minutes to get there, but it’s a wonderful place to decompress and escape the cares of the day. This place is called The Hagood Mill Historic Site. Here’s the description you can find on the Internet:

The Hagood Mill Historic Site has over 50 acres to explore and is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Featuring an 1845 gristmill, restored log cabins, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, moonshine still, nature trails, and a gift shop featuring local crafters, musicians and authors! We have monthly musical performances every third Saturday with a different musical theme each month. It is on these days that you can visit and see the grist mill in operation, a variety of living history demonstrators and a quality artisan market. Located on the same grounds is the South Carolina Petroglyph Site, the state’s only protected and most accessible collection of rock art.

Sounds nice, right? Well, for me the nature trail is the biggest attraction. The trail runs along a good sized stream, and the sound of the water running over the rocks carries all my stress away. I always take my dogs with me. Ginger is a swimmer. I can count on her to get in the water and paddle around every single day. Bruce wouldn’t drink from the stream at first. I believe he thought water was supposed to be taken by bowl. Izzy likes to stretch her legs. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with her.

For a long time we were the only ones there, but the place has really caught on. There’s a group of us who are usually there, and we’ve met some interesting people. Lately, a man from South Africa and a woman from Chile stopped us to talk about the dogs. Since Bruce only has three legs he gets a lot of attention. We (my husband and I) had just arrived at the Mill, and a car heading toward the road stopped beside us and a lady asked, “Where is Bruce? I only see two dogs.” We pointed him out, and she went on her way with a smile. We don’t know her, but she knew of Bruce.

We’ve seen wildlife there as well. Of course squirrels are everywhere, but we’ve also seen deer, ground hogs, turtles, rabbits, and snakes. (Big snakes. We left them strictly alone.)

After our walk we take the dogs on a short ride. They stick their heads out the window, and we count the number of deer we can see. Last night we only saw two, but we’ve seen as many as twenty. We live in the foothills so a short ride puts you in sparsely populated territory with few houses to mar the landscape.

I promise that after our walk and little ride I’m feeling so relaxed and tranquil. l feel great. There is another place that works just as well for me, but I plan to talk about it in a few weeks so I won’t mention it today.

So, where’s your happy place?

The image below was taken when the Cherokee Indians came to visit. They were teaching everyone to dance.


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
This entry was posted in Miscellaneous. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to My Happy Place

  1. That sounds right up my alley! With all of the big historical sites like that in Virginia where
    I grew up, Monticello, (T.Jefferson’s estate), Mount Vernon, (G. Washington’s), and even Woodlawn,(The one George built for Martha’s granddaughter), my favorite was Gunston Hall, George Mason’s estate, and trail that led to the schoolhouse/school master’s home behind it. The trail then
    led from there to the Potomac river, a very quiet and peaceful spot,(at least it was 40 years ago)


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      We used to live in Virginia so we did a lot of sightseeing when we were there. We missed Monticello, though. Yes, I love historical sites.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    This sounds like a wonderful getaway spot! I can see how it’s a great way to de-stress. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    love your description… and your special location sounds absolutely terrific. Wish I could see it.
    Wish I had one just like it, within five minutes of MY house.


  4. This sounds like an amazing getaway! I love historical places. Maybe someday I could make it out that way to see this place. It sounds like it would be worth the trip.
    How wonderful that you live close enough that you could enjoy it whenever you would like.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    We go almost every night. The dogs love it as much as we do.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s