After touring around Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday, John and I were just not ready to head home. However, it was around 4 PM and most museums and even the zoo would be closing. Somehow John remembered reading about the only national park in South Carolina which was famous for its champion trees, trees that hold a record for size within their species. In the park there are at least 20 such champions here, including loblolly pines, hickories, and bald cypress. The park is about 20 miles southeast of downtown Columbia so we felt we could see it before it got dark. The visitor's center was within about 10 minutes of closing when we got there, but a park ranger took a few minutes to tell us about the park and encouraged us to take the self-guided boardwalk trail, located near the visitor's center. Armed with brochures explaining what we were about to see, we then headed out. We soon came to realize that it was dumb on our part to head out into a swampy area at dusk with no insect repellant! The mosquitoes sure enjoyed our walk, any time we slowed our pace they began munching on us!