Thursday, June 11, 2009

Congaree Swamp

When we first arrived in Georgia, we came up with a list of goals to accomplish during our time here. The list included visiting all the local GA NPS sites, canoeing in Okefenokee NWR, snorkeling in the freshwater springs of FL, and visiting Congaree NP in South Carolina. So we're pleased to report that we've accomplished all of our goals!

We spent an amazing weekend canoeing, hiking, and camping at Congaree. We were especially surprised by the diversity and abundance of life in the swamp. You really realize it at night, when all the amphibians, owls and other nocturnal birds, and insects begin their nightly chorus. We were lucky to go on a ranger-led evening canoe outing...even luckier that we didn't even need to bring our own canoe to take part. The weather was hot, humid, and sunny, typical of summer in the southeast. It was the first weekend in over a month that we didn't get poured on in the evening/night.

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