Flew from Midland, TX through Houston to Columbia, SC on Sunday, 26 June. Columbia is the capital, but still a small town. Located on the Congaree River. Columbia is situated on the "fall line" where the topography goes from hilly, "Piedmont", which is underlain by Appalachian rocks, to coastal plan, underlain by river and coastal sediments.
Bridge over the Congaree River
Brought from the airport into town by Athena staff. They run the trip. Drop stuff at hotel and went out walking with our local Schlumberger rep, Bruce. We walked down to the Congaree in 98 degree, 90% humidity. It was brutal.
Old house in Columbia
Capital building, Columbia, SC
We were getting overheated. Just then, Keaton and his wife April swooped in with their 4Runner and gave us a lift to the Flying Saucer. I had no idea this was a nationwide "chain". We had a few beers and went back to the hotel to get cleaned up for our evening lecture.
4? hours of lecture on safety, wildlife, SC history, geology and an overview of our trip. In a nutshell:
Day 1: Congaree River
Day 2-5: Coastal and tidal areas; beaches
Day 6: Flyover
Columbia seemed like a cool town. People riding around on bikes; redone brick buildings; outdoorsy shops.