Congaree is the last of the 7 National Parks in South Carolina that Lon needed to visit. Today was finally the day!
Wiki Bit: Congaree National Park, in central South Carolina, is a 26,276-acre (41.06 sq mi; 10,633.52 ha; 106.34 km2) United States national park. It received its official designation in 2003 as the culmination of a grassroots campaign launched in 1969. The park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. The lush trees growing in its floodplain forest are some of the tallest in the Eastern United States, forming one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world. The Congaree River flows through the park. About 57 percent (15,000 acres or 61 square kilometers) of the park is designated wilderness area.
It was about 88 degrees, overcast and cool. A very nice time to walk the boardwalk
We ran into a very nice lady, she wanted to take Lon's photo when he was all kitted out with all his badges. We said okay. She was taking 79 4th graders from Sumter to Congaree for the first time. She said most of them had never heard of Congaree or had ever been to any national park!
She wrote a grant to get more kids into the park. All those kids got Jr. Ranger Badges today. They were thrilled! The news article is in the Sumter Item. But you have to be a subscriber to read it.
It was the perfect time to go to the swamp. It was a fun day.