Walking on the Big Ferry Trail

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It stayed in the lower sixties last night, which made for a cozy night's sleep.  We decided to stay home today at the park and take a hike.  The terrain is such here, at nine feet elevation, that "hike" is a bit of a stretch.  We walked from camp to the Big Ferry Trail.  It's three plus miles, plus the walk to the trailhead.  There are lots of things to observe there, to include beautiful views of the marshland, a few birds and a destroyed whiskey still.  Another novelty was a Shell Midden.  A midden is a pile of whatever.  These, as is shown in the included photo, is made up of oyster shells left by the local indigenous people, or Indians as they are commonly called.  They are probably over two hundred years old and there are several along the trail and even part of the trail.

I saw two birds only.  One is a Carolina Wren, on the trail, and the other is a large raptor in a nest on a pole in the marsh.  It appeared to be an eagle or perhaps an osprey.  At the distance it was difficult to tell.  I'm not even sure if ospreys exist down here, but I'm sure that one of you will do a search and let me know.  Another minor challenge for y'all.

After we returned from our hike and had lunch, we drove over to the park ranger station and purchased an Annual Georgia Parks Pass.  This card gets us into any Georgia State Park at no cost.  It also costs us five dollars to camp.  A state outdoor group also gives a card good for one free night's camping... value twenty five dollars or more.  Since I'm entering into my upper middle-age group, I qualified as a Senior and instead of paying the usual fifty dollars, it cost only thirty dollars.  We'll be camping outside of Jackson, Georgia on Friday night, so will use it then.  We're going into a shop there to get a lube an oil change for Shorty.  It's hard to believe, in a way, that we've gone over four thousand miles so far.  If one averages that out over the three months (tomorrow) that we've been on the road, it's not even forty five miles a day.  That distance could easily have been done on a bicycle!  It's the stopovers that make a trip though and give us something to blog about.  That is the enriching part of travel.  What and whom one sees on the way.  We've been to twelve states so far, with at least that many more to come.  We're still excited and very appreciative of your emails, calls an comments.  It's what life is all about: people.

Tomorrow we'll do the laundromat thing again and take a walk on the Avian Trail.  Sounds like a place for birds; I hope so.  Dave would like that.  We've seen so few birds over the last few weeks that I'm anxious to spot several more.  We're a bit disappointed that we've seen so few shorebirds.  Lots of shoreline yet to go on our adventure, so there's still hope.

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