Okefenokee Swamp

Over the Thanksgiving holiday my family took a little day trip to the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia.  It was a gorgeous day to enjoy the outdoors, and see a few flowers and a little fall color from the boat.  And yes, there were lots of alligators enjoying the sunshine too!

I didn’t realize that 75% of the 402,000 acre swamp – which is actually a peat bog, burned in the spring and summer due to lightening strikes.  The amazing thing is how quickly the plants were growing back.  Unfortunately the boardwalk and observation tower which burned down was not so resilient. Hopefully it will be rebuilt as I’d love to see a birds eye view of the islands, lakes, canals and marsh that make up the swamp.

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