Okefenokee Swamp

Friday Bethany, Zoe and I braved the wilds of Georgia by paddling 8 miles in the Okefenokee swamp. It’s about an 1 and 15 minutes east of here on an uber-boring road. Our National Park pass got us free entry, which was nice. Also nice was Bryan getting the kayaks and racks up on the car for us before he went to work! =) Zoe and I shared a kayak while Bethany used Bryan’s. We paddled down the main canal out to a ‘lake’ which was surprisingly open. I expected lots of overhanging trees with stuff or snakes dropping on us, but it was quite sunny. Our last minute decision to bring sunscreen worked out well. After a bit on the lake we took a side ‘canoe trail’ up to the Minnie’s Lake picnic shelter where we stopped for a nice stretch and our packed lunch. This trail was much nicer and small as we weaved through trees covered with spanish moss. Zoe loved grabbing for lilly pads and playing in the tiny space in front of me in the kayak. She blabbed on and on in her own little world telling bits of lilly pad to jump of into the water and others that they needed to swim first. It was funny. The bonus was that we saw 12 !!!! wild alligators. very cool. Some were sunning themselves on logs while others were swimming creapily nearby. Our shoulders were pretty sore at the end of the day, but in a good way. It was fun!!

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