Alligators and Turtles
Trip Start May 23, 2012
49Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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Dave was feeling a bit better this morning which was good news as I was concerned we might be looking for a doctor this morning instead of visiting the swamp.
So we headed off to Okefenokee for our boat trip up the swamp and were told that the information we were given yesterday about much of the area being closed because of low water levels and the big fire was incorrect and the only area not accessible is the boardwalk because that did burn out in the big fire
The trip up the swamp was amazing. It was quite spooky moving quietly through the water watching eagerly for alligators and turtles and the photo opportunities were outstanding. I did my best to try and capture some of the atmosphere but as I have said before, photos are never anything like the real thing. We saw lots of alligators including a couple of babies but they were hard to capture on camera because they glide under the water as soon as you get focussed. The turtles were even harder! We saw a turtle on a branch and tried to photograph him but he jumped into the water and all Dave got was a picture of a splash. Our guide took us into a more open area and we saw an enormous egret in the distance. They are beautiful big white birds. The butterflies here are huge and gorgeous colors and the dragonflies also are brightly colored and extremely large. All in all it was a great experience and very different from anything either of us have ever done before.
Next it was a big drive up to South Carolina to Charleston for the night. We are staying in the historic area of Charleston which is really pretty and our B&B - the 1837 B&B - is lovely
One funny thing that we have noticed since arriving in the US is that my sense of direction, which is normally non-existent, has improved dramatically and Dave's, which is normally excellent, has deteriorated dramatically. We figure it must be something to do with the hemisphere you are born in (or grew up in), but it is very noticeable and quite humorous.
Tomorrow we hope to have a bit more of a look around Charleston before heading off to Wilmington to catch up with Marie-Claire and Hal.