March 22, 2003

Alligator Bait: Part Two

Or: From the Blog to the Bog?

The fourth paddler can't go on the Okefenokee trip. There is an empty place for the trip. I have a few hours to make up my list of pro's and con's. Do I have or can I somehow scrounge the gear for three days on the water (read: is there enough of my stuff intact from Nathan's peregrinations with all of it across the globe over the past three years?). And hunkered down in a canoe, paddling in slack water every foot of the 28 miles of the trip, sleeping on the ground (say, where is that Thermarest, Nate?)... can these old bones handle that? And there is the fact that I have this major class project in mid-air. And heck, I'd have to spend 2 and a half days without listening to the news from 'embedded journalists'. Hmmmm. I think I just made up my mind.

Not really. This is quite a conflict of 'goods' and deciding won't be easy. But I confess: I am leaning toward grabbing the golden ring here. Will have to see how it feels after a couple cups of coffee and with the sun shining. To get away with three other guys who are all biology types (I've been told that field guides are mandatory!) and spend time with that other me I'd put away for so long, in a place so alien and awesome (if I may reclaim the non-military use of the word).... There are reasons to give this some careful thought.

What a neat place it is. Check it out.

Inhabited by Indians more than 4,000 years ago, The Okefenokee is one of the most outstanding examples of an ecologically intact swamp in North America. The Okefenokee is a vast peat bog of ancient geologic origin. Once part of the ocean floor, it now ranges in elevation from 103 to 128 feet above sea level. Islands are formed by layers of peat and become the foundation for grasses, shrubs and trees. When stepped on, these islands move a bit, which is why the Indians called the swamp "trembling earth," or "Okefenokee".

Cypress trees over 500 years old, terrestrial orchids and lilies, islands, prairies and wildlife are abundant. Endangered species including red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, and the threatened indigo snake can be seen in the swamp. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern United States. It contains approximately 396,000 acres of the magnificent 496,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp.

Posted by fred1st at March 22, 2003 06:31 AM | TrackBack

Go for it, buddy!

Posted by: ronbailey at March 22, 2003 06:58 AM

Just GO!

Posted by: feste at March 22, 2003 11:20 PM

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