Todays blog is in two parts, first my little narrative on where we’ve been and then a Captain’s log from John.
|Soft shell turtle|
Where have we been? The swamp! We stayed at Stephen C. Foster StatePark, Fargo GA. This park is in the the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge or the Okefenokee swamp. What an interesting place. We took a boat tour on the second day we were there. Ranger Mike is a good ’ole Georgia Boy all the way was our tour guide. This is the first time I have seen alligators in the wild and we saw a lot of alligators. There are two that make the boat harbor their own and as we left the harbor it really just becomes alligator city. Besides the alligators there are all the cypress trees just dripping with Spanish moss, and there were flocks of White Ibis, blue heron and the Wood Stork. It is an amazing place. I really feel it is a place everyone should visit at some time in their life. It is so different than anywhere we have been so far. On Thursday we read that they were having a sunset paddle into the swamp for just $10 each and that included either a canoe or kayak--sign us up! When we arrived for the paddle there were 12 college students and their professors that signed up as well. We let them have the kayaks and we took one of the canoes. They are all in an Ecology class and were studying the swamp. Its actually fun to be around kids this age, reminded me of my teaching days before this RV life. It was a beautiful night on the swamp and though it was cloudy so no great sunset, it also was calm and incredibly beautiful. I will let the photos in todays blog do the talking on the beauty we found here in the Okefenokee swamp.
|Flocks of Ibis|
|Little Blue Heron|
|300 year old cypress tree|
We have moved on to Seminole Lake State Park in SW Georgia and its a pretty laid back place. Only 1 other camper in the park other than the two work campers. Next week we will land in our winter home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida for 3 months. Our friends Jeff and Cheryl are already there and give it rave reviews. We are looking forward to having Thanksgiving with them and also seeing my nephew, Alex, who is stationed at Hurlbert Field just 8 miles from the park. Next up the Captain’s log.......