MAY 3, 2019
“DON’T PET THE ‘GATORS!” WARNS LEFTY.
We arrived yesterday just before closing time at the Okefenokee Swamp Park. We retired to the Laura S. Walker State Park near and across US1 from the Park entrance. It was a nice with grassed tent sites, and RV sites mostly-level gravel with water and power. It has beautiful lake frontage and shade from tall pines. It was quiet and well patrolled. There’s a dump near the modest store.
We had a delicious pulled pork dinner in Waycross at “HOG ‘N’ BONES” (1900 Memorial Drive)[you can read Juice’s review here]
Today we explore the alligator infested swamp of the Okefenokee. The Park has something for everyone. A boat ride into the swamp, the alligator feeding ground. One, with just eyes and nose above water swam close looking to snack on lady fingers (or men’s or whole tots). There’s a safer narrow gauge trail ride to see ‘gators and other plants and animals without getting down with the ‘gators. There is a complete pioneer home with outbuildings showing how they were totally self-sufficient and lived off-the-grid before there was a grid. The park also has a naked skeleton of a huge ‘friendly’ alligator. Well, he is now, but you still can’t pet him.
We had a festive Mexican dinner in Waycross at Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (2020 Memorial Drive) [Juice’s dinner review here]