Today my parents and I decided to explore Congaree National Park, which is about 20 miles southwest of Columbia, SC. I had wanted to visit the park last summer, but the flooding from October 2015 had damaged a lot of the park. All except for one trail had been fixed, so we decided to enjoy the nice day and get some exercise. We started off by walking along the lower boardwalk. It was really cool; we were able to walk next to some huge trees that were growing in the shallow water. We then started the Weston Lake Loop Trail and walked along a small stream. We saw a lot of downed trees and it was amazing to see how big the roots are! About halfway through the trail, my dad realized that he dropped his glasses. We walked back about 15 minutes and ran into a family. The little girl had found the glasses! We continued on the trail and got to Weston Lake, which is a small lake that is actually part of one of the streams that runs through the park to the Congaree River. We finished off our hike by walking along the elevated section of the boardwalk, which was about 6 feet off the ground. It really made you feel like you were in the trees. We stopped near a section of water and listened to some bull frogs that were croaking. The park was absolutely beautiful and FREE (one of the few national parks that are free!) and I can’t wait to go back!