Okefenokee Swamp Trip

 

66B7D056-03A7-44BD-95CC-4194F5499F3CHi Family and Friends!

We just completed our WorkKamper positions at Point South KOA in Yemassee, SC.  As some of you know after leaving FL we went back there to work in March and April (their busy season).  We had a lot of fun, visited Savannah and Charleston numerous times, made wonderful new friends, and learned a lot about KOA and WorkKamper positions. We will certainly explore looking at additional opportunities in the future. We are now off to a new adventure! Our current plans are to head West, then up to Alaska!

BBF726FA-F415-41EB-BABA-92208F6B0BF8.jpeg My favorite coffee to make at Point South KOA – S’more Latte

We left SC last week and met up with our friends, Susan and Mark A. We met at a park that was approximately the halfway point between Palm Coast, FL (where they are) and Yemassee, SC.  Mark located a State Park that fit the bill – Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, GA. Susan discovered a great place to visit nearby, Okefenokee Swamp Park which is also in Waycross.  It was such a great find!

Traveling along Swamp on tour – beautiful and no bugs!519A86FA-9BE3-4061-AAC9-62B1057FBC2C

Alligator nest – females return to same nest each year.  Temperature determines sex of babies

0F6E1876-B468-4078-A49A-C08C48B5FE6DCombination Package for our visit was $27.00/per person. Although it sounds a bit pricey, it includes a 45 minute boat excursion into the swamps. Our Guide was extremely knowledgeable and so passionate about the native plants, the alligators, the history – just a wealth of interesting and informative data.   This Swamp was his playground growing up and all of the stories and information he shared was fascinating.

Next you board the Swamp Park Train which is a 1.5 mile railway system that circles the park and brings you to Pioneer Island. The Conductor/Engineer/Guide had also grown up in this area and was just as well informed about the history of the swamp and had great stories about specific alligators and alligator behavior.

A short hike on a low walkway right on top of the Swamp leads to a 90′ observation tower where you can have a panoramic view of the entire area! The walk into the Swamp and climb to the top of the tower is worth every step. Because of the possibility of alligators, snakes, and other wildlife you can’t go on the walkway without signing a liability form. Somehow that made it even more exciting to walk into the Swamp.

“Crazy” is currently the dominant male at the park.  He is huge and goes anywhere he pleases.  He’s even been seen in the parking lot!

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Rounding everything off was a Wildlife Show where you are introduced to snakes, turtles, and a alligator which you can touch or hold, if you’d like.

It was a full day of fresh air, friends, sun, and tons of information coming from people who lived and loved the Swamp and all of the critters who lived there. Although off the beaten path, if you are ever in the area take time to enjoy this little gem in GA.

Until next time, we raise our wine glasses and toast to our beloved Uma:  Our beautiful girl passed on 4/21/18.  She’s been an amazing traveling partner and is missed every day.  We are grateful that we had her with us for part of our adventures. 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Okefenokee Swamp Trip”

  1. Debbie and Kenny, So very sorry to hear about Uma! I know how much you both loved her! What wonderful memories you will have of your travels together these past years! She was such a sweet friend!

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  2. I love reading about your adventures and seeing your pictures!!! Im so sorry to hear about Uma 😦 Wishing you safe travels and looking forward to your next post!! MISS YOU! XOXOXO

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  3. Love to hear what you guys are up to! Sorry to hear about Uma 😓. Miss you tons! Looking forward to connecting again soon. The kids still say the best pizza they have ever had was at the Peterson’s! Love to you both.

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    1. Miss you too!! Did you set a date yet? Did you get married already? Let us know! Right now in Texas heading to Tucson then Bryce then Washington State then meeting friends in Calgary to start our Alaska trip. So excited!

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  4. Sorry about your beautiful Uma.I hope you have a safe and great trip, think of you guys always. Gary and Judy.

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