Okefenokee Swamp Trip Report

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Ruth Marwitz | FSKA
Published Monday, May 05, 2008

Low humidity combined with a light breeze made for beautiful paddling in the swamp.  Fourteen paddlers left the boat ramp at Stephen Foster SP at 10:30 a.m. and arrived at the Sill around 12:30. The current combined with the many twists and turns in the narrow part of the trail made for a somewhat challenging trip to the Sill. A good number of alligators were spotted along the way, as well as a flock of ibis.

Fortified by lunch, we made the return trip. The current was now against us, and quite strong in some parts; and the twists, turns, stumps, limbs, etc. were still there. Even more of a challenge! Some of us stopped to reconnoiter Mixon's Hammock, one of the overnight camping spots in the swamp.

When we reached the canal to the boat ramp only 5 hardy souls were interested in continuing to Billy's Island.  I thought it would take one hour and perhaps  this dissuaded some. It actually took only ½ hr. We checked out the small cemetery, saw a softshell turtle who had apparently been attempting to lay eggs, and walked the 10 minute hiking trail there.   The fox that I said lived there did not appear. I guess it knew we had already finished our food.

Paddlers were Mark Adams and his brother, Paul Ellis, Tom Neiswonger, David Bauman, Martien and Susan Bergman, Linda Rackley, Andy Mitchell, Greg Bailey, John and Gloria McNeil, Dan Makley - Sr. and Jr , and myself. - Ruth Marwitz

Last update Friday, January 16, 2009

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