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Dec 21, 2014 - Congaree Holiday Trip

This past Sunday on the Winter Solstice, we headed down to South Carolina for a holiday trip to Congaree National Park. Since it’s pretty much a great big swamp, winter is definitely the best time to visit. Today, the mosquito meter at the visitor center was 1 - All Clear; I would not want to visit when it’s at 6 - War Zone! We left Raleigh around 7 and made it to the park around 10:30 and soon got started on our hike. Behind the visitor center, we got on the boardwalk trail and turned left at the first intersection to hike the boardwalk...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Meet Me On the Boardwalk

9/27/2014. Saturday. Meet Me On The Boardwalk. This morning is the morning that we go to the Congaree National Park. It's more of a swampy woods than a park. I had heard that some time ago a hiker got lost for a day or two in this abysmal swamp so Anita,being the concerned hiker that she is, asked a ranger at the visitor center if there was a chance of us getting lost. The ranger said that as long as we had boardwalk under our feet we would be ok. Since this was a boardwalk hike, I decided to accompany Anita on her photo hike into the...

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May 4, 2013 - Congaree National Park

I never heard of this park before! It was the Congaree Swamp National Monument from 1976 until 2003! It gets its name from the Congaree River and Indian tribe that once inhabited the area. The park preserves the last standing old-growth hardwood forest in the USA. It used to cover most of the South and up the Mississippi River before logging of the bald cypress and pines occurred. There are some champion trees in the park, meaning they are huge and old specimens of their species. I walked a boardwalk loop path in one direction until it was...

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Mar 21, 2012 - Congaree National Park

Finally! Some shady hiking and cooler weather near Columbia, SC. Mosquitoes were still plentiful and yellow tree pollen was blowing everywhere. A drenching rain on the second night washed a lot of pollen out of the air. >> Do you know the difference between a swamp, an everglade and a floodplain? Neither did I until we visited Congaree National Park. >> Unlike the wide, very slow, relatively constant river flow of the Everglades, the floodplain's water level can change quickly. Bald Cypress trees grow 'knees' or snorkels to help when the...

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Oct 9, 2010 - Congaree National Park

From Edmund RV Park in Lexington, South Carolina … Saturday, October 9, 2010 Our alarm went off at 7:00 this morning. We got up and had a cup of coffee intending to leave at 8:15. However, we decided to take our time and leave a little later. Charlie was not feeling top notch this morning, so we thought we’d wait to make sure he would feel up to hiking at the Park today. After he had some breakfast, he decided he felt good enough to go. We left the RV Park around 10:00am. We stopped and filled up the truck with diesel for $2.79 per gallon....

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Mar 26, 2010 - Congaree National Park, SC

Today we took a drive to Congaree National Park. This is not a well known National Park. It is very unique. This is a floodplain on the Congaree River. The ecosystem depends on the natural flooding that occurs about 10 times a year, mostly during the winter months. There is an elevated boardwalk that is 2.4 miles through the floodplain that points out the different trees, plants and animals that live in the area....including those pesky mosquitos!!! We took the challenge to walk on the boardwalk and we were prepared with the mosquito...

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