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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
May 27, 2010
plus the campground, Alligators, and Swamp Island Drive.
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Okefenokee Pastimes Campground is directly across the street from the entrance to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Only one channel came in on the TV, and internet service was super slow. Wi-Fi was only available in the area of the office. There were only 12 RV spots, a few cabins, plus some tent spaces. The owners were very nice. Tours available through the campground.
sign - Okefenokee Pastimes campground
the office of okefenokee Pastimes
the RV and toad of the two RV Gypsies
the RV of the two RV Gypsies in its new yard
the RV of the two RV Gypsies in its new yard
The view from the dining room of the two RV Gypsies' RV
The view from the dining room of the two RV Gypsies' RV
In southern Georgia and northern Florida there is a very special place, one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater systems in America. Native Americans called it Okefenokee, meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth”. Here, earth, air, fire and water continuously reform the landscape, and is preserved within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1937 to protect wildlife.
sign - Okefenokee Parkway
sign-Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge is vast, with almost 402,000 acres (that’s roughly 300,000 football fields in size) of cypress forest, marsh, lakes and islands. Filled with alligators, Sandhill Cranes, red-headed woodpeckers and over 400 other species of animals, it is a wonderful place to learn about the wildlife of Georgia and Florida. The longleaf pine, cypress, carnivorous sundews and other plants make up different habitats from dry upland forests to open wetlands. Golden sunsets and thundering storms allows one to experience this magical place at its most beautiful and most awe-inspiring moments.
sign - okefenokee Adventures
the tour boat
Even though the two RV Gypsies lived in South Florida since 1979 and have seen many alligators, they took a boat tour from Okefenokee Adventures to explore the canals and photograph alligators. The trip is worth the price because of the beautiful scenic waterway. The tour guide was a 5th generation native of the area.
sign - entering National Wilderness Area
Okefenokee Swamp
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As the tour guide suggested, Karen picked wild huckleberries for a snack - delicious!
Karen picking wild huckleberries for a snack
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Karen Duquette at Okefenokee Swamp
the two RV Gypsies at Okefenokee Swamp
the two RV Gypsies at Okefenokee Swamp
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Below: a bird in the swamp and a bird taking off
birds at Okefenokee Swamp
a bird flying over Okefenokee Swamp
Lee examined swamp material
Lee Duquette
Lee Duquette examining swamp material
Lee examined several pieces of swamp material and Karen took a close-up photo of what he looked at.
Lee Duquette examining swamp material
a close-up of  swamp material
 

At this time of year (May 27, 201a minnow0), the yellow flies were out. They are big, and they bite. It is recommended that everyone wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved tops, plus use bug spray.

FLASHBACK TO OKEFENOKEE SWAMP June, 1978

Brian, Karen, Renee Duquette 1976
Okefenokee Swamp sign
Okefenokee swamp picnic 1976
The camping trailer of the Duquette's

Everyone was enjoying the sunshine, then Renee and Brian wanted to swim, and since they were where Karen could see them, she said ok. But almost as soon as they got in the water, they came out bceause they saw an alligator on a small island in the distance. They did not stay camping there very long after that.

Renee, Brian and Karen Duquette
Alligator
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Alligators
Swamp Island Drive

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