Overboard with Alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp
I recently went on a 2-day, 14-mile canoeing trip in the Okefenokee Swamp a place is ridden with alligators, bears, and innumerable bugs. Near the end of the passage, I was forced overboard in an effort to save my equipment from going into the water. It scared the crap out of me, thinking I might be stepping on an alligator, instead it was just thick deep muck. I was only mildly relieved but the gear remained in the boat.
The trip was the idea of my friend, Ty Bookman's father, Charlie Bookman. He'd been there as a kid and wanted to take his boys there to have an experience. It ended up being both the most exhilarating couple of days and the most painful I have had in some time. The heat, the bugs, the wildlife, and the general suffering aside. We canoed for some 14 hours in total and it was technical canoeing to boot.
Fortunately, I return alive and with a short documentary about the trip. I also brought back a bad case of chiggers. They are gross nasty little parasites that live under your skin and itch like hell. I needed a prescription of Permethrin cream to kill them off. Like I said, gross, but then memories are not made laying in bed.
Watch Black Water: Two Days on the Okefenokee and let me know what you think!
Other resources to review:
Read, Charlie Bookman's Blog on the experience, Okefenokee Then and Now.
See The Washington Post article on Strip Mining Near Okefenokee