I finally made it to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Since I have been to the Everglades, Big Cypress, and Corkscrew Swamp, I was really in no hurry to visit here. It has always been on my radar, but once you see one swamp you have seen them all – right? Any swamp lover knows this is not true, and I found that I should have made the Okefenokee Swamp a priority much earlier. I had an amazing canoe camping adventure.
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge photo essay
The highlight of my trip was seeing my first ever wildcat. While camping at the Big Water campsite, a bobcat stealthily prowled the opposite shoreline at dusk while I was enjoying the dusk light.
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When I left Stephen C. Foster State Park, you could hardly see ten feet in front of you the fog was so thick. Dew hung to every spider web. It was an eerie morning and very appropriate for the day after Halloween. I emerged from the canal on to Billie’s Lake as gators quietly swam away or submerged into the dark water. By the time I was ready to turn north into the Okefenokee wilderness up a canal to Minnie’s Lake and Big Water, the sun began to burn away the fog.
The water was incredibly low, so I barely made it over some narrow sections through the swamp up to Big Water. I managed to make it though, but the story of my adventure is for another post. For now, I am going to tell the story of my adventure via photographs.
Okefenokee a beauty of its own
By the time I left the Okefenokee, I was in love. Just like a I love the Everglades and Big Cypress; however, despite the similarities, the Okefenokee has its own personality and beauty. I cannot explain it. I hope these photographs can explain it, but if they do not, you will have to visit yourself to experience in person. If this is something that interests you, stay tuned for more information and tips on how to camp in the Okefenokee.
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