Right after breakfast we loaded four kayaks in and on our truck and headed out to the Okefenokee Swamp. Bill finally felt better this morning, so he was able to participate in the adventure.
We arrived at the refuge, using Dick's National Park Golden Ager pass for entry. (I can't wait until I'm old enough to get one--imagine getting into all National Parks for the rest of your life with one $10 pass!). I signed us out as kayaking in the swamp, we unloaded and launched and were off!
We saw egrets and alligators along our route, and a wood stork off in the distance. There were many plants in bloom in the water and on shore. It was a lovely paddle.
We stopped for a break at the Cedar Hammock Canoe Shelter, where Fred got up close and personal with an alligator. After a snack and rest we were on our way again--just in time as another group was approaching the shelter.
The water was high and calm, the blue sky reflecting in the dark water--I would never have guessed that the swamp would look like this.