Beagle on Board: The Bus Visits Congaree National Park
July 3rd, 2016
Our journey is off to a great start! I’m writing to you from Congaree National Park in South Carolina, the first stop on our tour of the eastern U.S. National Parks.
Congaree National Park has been a protected site since the 1970s, thanks to efforts by the Sierra Club and locals to stop logging in the area, and was declared a National Park in 2003. The park contains the largest preserved old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States and spans an impressive 27,000 acres.
Our first night here was my very first time camping! It was really fun to sleep under the stars – there were so many new smells and sounds that I could hardly keep my eyes closed! Unfortunately James, the director of our documentary, became sick during the night and had to go to the hospital; we were very worried but he’s doing better now.
We’ve spent the past few days hiking and taking in all the beautiful trees. There are some that are even taller than my house! We’ve gotten to explore a lot of the giant old growth forests in the park during our visit, and even had the chance to talk to a park ranger about his experiences.
Yesterday I got a little excited about exploring and before I knew it I was separated from my Bus friends! Luckily one of the park rangers found me sitting on a ledge and brought me to the visitor center where I was able to meet up with everyone. I was a little embarrassed, but I’m happy I got to see more of the gorgeous views while I was lost!
Today we’re off to the Everglades for a few days, and even though I’m sad to leave, I’m so excited to see what new adventures await us!
Wish you were here,