Okefenokee Swamp (Part 1)

God has given me so many wonderful blessings in my life.  But one of my greatest gifts is my parents.  They both are funny, loving, giving and FUN to be around!

So when they pitched me their idea to drive their little Jon boat and all the grand kids down to the Florida border to stalk ‘observe’ alligators at the Okefenokee Swamp, not only was I NOT surprised, I was ALL IN!

This picture just does NOT seem right, does it?!?!  (It still makes my hands sweat a little when I look at it!) DSC_7680n

For a gal who sees beauty in an old alley filled with rusty dumpsters (my clients all know exactly what I’m talking about right now!), I can CERTAINLY see great God’s beautiful masterpiece in the old, mossy trails and tiny, narrow waterways…   okee1


Ross isn’t affectionate with most people.  But, there ARE a few of us lucky ones who get to experience his sweet, warm cuddles…

Oh, these two… DSC_7342n

Rayna and I named this guy “Bad Boy”.  If you ever visit to dock at Stephen C. Foster State Park, he’ll most likely greet you as you (nervously) let your boat in… DSC_7734n copy


I’m not sure who gave swamps such a bad rap.
Slowly riding in an old, metal boat, only a few inches away from the water’s surface, to me, is SO relaxing and therapeutic.  I would have gladly sat on that hard seat another 3 or 4 hours just to enjoy the scenery and listen to the kids yell every time they spotted a new alligator basking in the sun. lilyDSC_7768bboatcousinsokeepUntitled-1n
Thanks for stopping by!  Click the link for the 2nd part of the swamp… (NO alligators in this post!):


If you’d like more information about the Okefenokee Swamp (cabins, activities, animals you’ll see, etc. ), check out their website:

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