Jess and I hit the road in her bright orange Jeep. She commented that she wouldn’t see a alligator because that’s her luck. I assured her that she’d see one as a soon as we arrive.
Much to my surprise, there weren’t a bunch of alligators on the banks of the swamp when we arrived. There was ONE! Just one. Jess said it was fake.
We went into the main building to pay our entrance fees and learned they had a canoeing trip. I had sworn I wouldn’t get into a canoe with the gators in the water. She talked me into it.
The guides helped us into the canoe and pointed us to the area containing an 11 foot critter. I was not happy because dying at the hands or claws or jaws of a gator is not my idea of fun!
We cruised around the small island at the front of the park, looking for the gator. Jessica repeated that there were no gators. Even when we saw the bubbles surfacing from what just had to be a modern day dinosaur.
There were times when we couldn’t hear anything, it was pleasantly quiet, you know, except for Jess! (She is so gonna kill me for that.)
We paused at Mirror Lake. According to the info: Tannic acid in the tea-colored waters of the Okefenokee make it highly reflective.
We pulled over at the Mirror Lake and climbed a watch tower. It was pretty cool, except the whole climbing part.
We hiked down a platform trail that looked as if we’d fall in without a moments notice
We made it back to the main entrance and finally saw some gator!
I leave you with the picture above. I asked Jessica why would there be a spigot in the swamp. She said it was to refill it during periods of drought. Ask a stupid question, right?