Nothing beats a peaceful boat ride through the swamp -- paddling through the cypress trees as birds chatter overhead and turtles sun themselves on the banks near by or that soft-cuddly alligator on a log giving you the eye. I love alligators and a boat ride through Cypress Gardens swamp in Moncks Corner is the best way to see them and explore a swamp.
This next weekend, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cypress Gardens and Google will be co-sponsoring an event to benefit the swamp. The benefit will feature live music, children's activities like jump castles and swamp fishing as well as food. The event is also reduced in price if tickets are purchased in advance from any Berkeley County library while they last.