Friday, March 13, 2009

Okefenokee Swamp is Beautiful Anytime of the Year

AAG Note: The Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia is a beautiful place to visit anytime of the year. The wildlife is abundant and encounters with alligators are normal. During our staff visits to the swamp over the years, we have always seen alligators up close and have sometimes wondered how many limbs would be left on our bodies. The park rangers are excellent in watching the alligators and know them well. Thus, we have always returned with our fingers and toes intact.

One of our staff reports walking within a few feet of one old gator boy who was intent on watching some small children at play. While the gator was watching the children, the ranger was intent on watching the gator. When the gator got too close to the children, the ranger worked to move the gator and children further apart. No harm done to either of the parties.

We also have spent many hours in canoes on the swamp and have found that time to be relaxing, yet exhilirating as we watched nature at its best. Of course, there was the time that a snake fell into the canoe with us. The friend in front of the canoe screamed loudly. The scream scared everyone, although it is not clear who was more scared- the snake or the friend.

Thus, the Okefenokee Swamp is awarded the highly coveted "Fayette Front Page Day Tripper Award."

The Calm of the Swamp in Georgia

The alligator crouched on a bank in the Okefenokee Swamp and leered its tight-toothed grin — a sphinx daring travelers to pass.

My canoe measured 17 feet, and this refugee from the Jurassic Age looked about half that size. Even so, it seemed that a flick of its thick tail.....http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/travel/escapes/13okie.html?scp=2&sq=georgia&st=nyt

Published: March 13, 2009
New York Times

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