This place is amazing and the people here are too! We are having so much fun learning about the history of the Swamp and the Refuge that it hardly seems like work when we volunteer our three days a week.
Ken works with maintenance staff and other volunteers around the Refuge and out in the Swamp, and I work with staff/rangers and other volunteers at the Visitor Center and Chesser Island Homestead where I greet visitors and conduct tours.
Yesterday, Ken and I went 12 miles out into the Swamp with another volunteer couple who have been coming here for 10 years… Katie and Bruce are two of the nicest people you ever want to meet and they are like family to the rangers who work here. We really enjoyed going out on the boat ride with them and hope to do it again sometime.
Bruce navigated our boat out of the boat house, down the Suwannee Canal, and out into the Swamp all the way to the Roundtop platform where we had a picnic lunch. While there, and along the way, Bruce cleaned and restocked what he refers to as the “shitters” (and now that’s our name for them, lol).
Yes, each platform out in the Swamp is equipped with restrooms (“shitters”). Can you believe that people actually make a reservation to canoe out and stay overnight on the platforms as a wilderness experience??? I don’t think it’s for the faint of heart as there is nothing to stop the alligators from resting on the platforms!
Speaking of alligators, check out some of the great photos I took of alligators and birds when we were on the boat ride. Amazing!! Have I mentioned how much we are loving the Okefenokee?
Wherever you are, Ken and I send you warm wishes and hope you have plenty of sunshine today and always.
Dorothy & Ken