One-tank trips: Oke­feno­kee Swamp

The Covington News - - EDUCATION | OBITUARY -

This week I set out for a lit­tle re­lax­ation and stress re­lief. So I packed my bags and cam­era and headed to the swamp! The Oke­feno­kee Swamp to be ex­act. The Oke­feno­kee Swamp is a shal­low, 438,000-acre peat­filled wet­land strad­dling the Ge­or­gia-Florida bor­der.

The Swamp trip is a fam­ily tra­di­tion for me; each year my dad would try to con­vince us the swamp was go­ing to be FUN. This was some­thing we didn’t look for­ward to at first, but af­ter the sec­ond year we all looked for­ward to the spe­cial time our fam­ily would spend to­gether liv­ing among the raw undis­turbed wildlife of the swamp for one week a year.

Many won­der­ful mem­o­ries have been made here at Stephen C. Foster State Park. This re­mote park is a pri­mary en­trance to the Oke­feno­kee Swamp which, by the way, is one of Ge­or­gia’s seven nat­u­ral won­ders.

The cy­press trees and abun­dant wildlife are just breath­tak­ing as you walk the many trails and pad­dle through the nar­row swamp on an af­ter­noon boat ex­cur­sion.

This week, find some­thing fun for the whole fam­ily, and if you’re re­ally up for an ad­ven­ture, check out Stephen C. Foster State Park and The Oke­feno­kee Swamp.

The ga­tors are wait­ing on you.

DAR­RELL EVERIDGE

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Cov­ing­ton through the

cam­era

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