Congaree National Park is the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Randy and I hiked with Lucy and Dixie on Easter Sunday on our trip back to Winchester from Charleston. As you can see from their muddy paws, these little old beagles still love exploring with their dads. We visited Congaree ten years ago, when the park was a new addition to the National Parks. Since then, many boardwalks and trails have been added to make the park more accessible. We definitely walked off jelly beans and chocolate bunnies this Easter!
This garden is otherworldly! I can’t remember ever feeling like I stepped into a magical place like Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which Travel & Leisure calls one of the world’s most beautiful gardens. We saw it at its peak of Azalea season, and we had the gardens to ourselves because of an impending rain storm. The rain only made the colors deeper and darker, making the scenery pop like a postcard series. I absolutely lost myself in good feelings here. I’m so glad that Easter timing cooperated with our visit with family in Charleston.