We pulled into camp early tonight due to information that between this area and Santee State Park, where we are headed tomorrow, there aren't many campable spots. The map has the area surrounding the river labeled as "swamp," which is definitely believable. The change of pace from canoeing lakes and passing houses and cities to sea kayaking through rivers surrounded by subtropical forest is really quite amazing.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
We paddled the final miles that the Wateree River had to offer today and pulled up on shore at the confluence of the Congaree River to swim and relax. Before we got there, we saw some of our first signs of the more southerly region in which we are headed: palms, spanish moss, and live oaks. The banks of these rivers are some of the wildest looking rivers any of us have seen. The giant gars that would come up to the surface to snatch whatever had fallen into the water definitely add a sense of wilderness to the area.