On our way back to Savannah to catch our train home we stopped in Georgia to visit the OKEFENOKEE SWAMP. We spent the night in a motel last night and arrived at the swamp a little after 10:00 a.m. The first thing we did was sign up for the 11:00 Boat Tour. Our guide was a young guy named Rob, a Connecticut naturalist with family roots in Folkston, Georgia. He took us down the Canal to an aquatic prairie, which was a lovely open space with lots of low-growing aquatic vegetation including PITCHER PLANTS and BLADDERWORTS. For birds, we saw a BLACK VULTURE, SANDHILL CRANE, several TREE SWALLOWS, a GREAT EGRET, WHITE IBIS, AND kingfisher. Okefenokee is a big and beautiful place, but I’m not sure I’d want to paddle around in there for fear of getting lost.

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