Paddle Sparkleberry with the Governor

Mike on the Sparkleberry Swamp. Photo by Dave Mullis.

South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford, is going to paddle the Sparkleberry Swamp this weekend. This area is the proposed site of a controversial bridge which will connect the tiny towns of Lone Star and Rimini. The trip is open to anyone who wants to join in.

I can’t go on the trip, but I agree with the governor that the Sparkleberry Swamp is a poor place to put a bridge. I’ve paddled this beautiful area twice, in December 2001 and January 2003. The Palmetto Paddlers go there frequently.