Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from a weekend trip with my best friend to Congaree National Park, South Carolina. It was my thirteenth national park. It was lucky number 13 on my quest to visit all 59 United States National Parks (there were only 58 when I started my journey). We drove 5 hours from out home in Tennessee to Congaree. It is the third newest national park in the US system. Congaree is the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. The park is over 26,000 acres. The park was established as a national park in 2003. Originally Congaree National Park was called Congaree Swamp National Monument. The Swamp was dropped to increase the appeal of the name. Doesn’t matter what they call it Congaree is first and foremost a swamp. The Park has many activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking and bird watching. The park is home to bobcats, deer, coyotes, armadillos, turtles, snakes, alligators and lots of fish. Most of the park is part of the Congaree Swamp.
My best friend and I did an afternoon paddle on Ceder Creek. As we paddled among the Cyprus knees and other trees, we kept our eye out for wildlife. I wanted to see the dreaded Cottonmouth (also know as Water Moccasins). We came around a bend in the river, and I saw my prize. “Is that a Water Moccasin,” my best friend ask. “Nope, it’s not,” I lie through my teeth. I want a picture and need to get just a little closer. We are still about 10 feet from the snake when he decides we are too close. I get busted on the lie when we stop at the Visitor Center and she asked the ranger for an ID. I am pretty sure she knew I was lying to begin with just wanted proof of it.
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