Gators galore!

Our first day on the road involved a trip up to Georgia’s beautiful wildlife refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp.

Waking at 6 a.m. to pouring rain, the DML crew trekked on a boat ride with an experienced guide through the swamplands of Georgia. Along the way we saw various types of birds, methane bubble pockets, and plenty of large alligators, which were highly frightening for Ashley.

DML personally was taken aback by how beautiful the white flowers were that grew within the weeds next to Spanish moss.

Our friendly and informative guide, Chip, has been leading expeditions through the swamplands for years. On our journey, he explained to us the great changes that have taken place over the decades. With an explorer’s hat, a full white beard, and a long fuzzy ponytail, Chip was great company as he chronicled the environmental and political history of the Okefenokee Swamp.

At one point our boat struck shallow waters and nearly ran aground, which David found hilarious. This too also frightened Ashley.

Following the tour, we packed up our RV and began heading for Savannah where we will embark on another river cruise, though this time it will be for a candlelit dinner rather than alligator watching. I wonder if gator is on the menu…