This past weekend, I went hiking (well, walking) through Congaree National Park just outside of Columbia, South Carolina. It was a last minute trip with Isabel and her friends Emily and Alex.
According to the National Park Service, Congaree National Park is the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.
In my four years attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia, I never once thought about visiting Congaree National Park. But I'm really thankful to have visited in my adult life. Here are some photographs from the trip: