Sunsets and the Okefenokee Swamp

We are off again on our first RV trip of 2019. Our first stop was Laura S. Walker State Park in Hoboken, Georgia. We were there during the weekend and the park was full of families enjoying their days off. The park was a perfect home base to explore the Okefenokee Swamp Park which is a short drive away.

During the last 12 years we have visited the Okefenokee Swamp several times from the southern end in Fargo. I posted about our last visit there at The Land of Trembling Earth It’s been over 40 years since we visited the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross. Our two young children were with us back then. Oh, the memories!

This well run and well maintained private park has been attracting visitors to the swamp since 1946. There are boardwalks with views of the swamp, a train ride, educational exhibits, and wildlife presentations which are all included in the entrance fee. For an additional fee, visitors can take a guided boat tour through the swamp.

Not all of the boardwalks were open when we were there. Some are closed due to the high water level caused by heavy rainfall in December and January. One of the boardwalks that is open took us by several American alligators in their native habitat.

After seeing an interesting presentation on native reptiles of the Okefenokee we took the train ride through the swamp.

After so many visits to the Okefenokee Swamp in Fargo, it was fun to see it from a different location.

Sunsets around the U.S.A.

A perfect ending to any day is watching a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset at Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, NC
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Sunset at Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park, NY
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Key West Sunset, Florida
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Sunset at Dungeness Harbor, Washington
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
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Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, Topsail Hill State Park, FL
Sunset over Lake Chicot
Sunset over Lake Chicot, Arkansas
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Sunset from Mackinaw City, MI
Sunset at Flamingo Campground in January, 2012
Sunset at Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
Henry enjoying a beautiful sunset at Cape Disappointment
Cape Disappointment, Washington

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – sunset

Waterfront Camping

There’s nothing better than having a view of water from our campsite. During our twelve years of part time RV’ing we have found waterfront campsites in many different places.

Skagway boat harbor as seen from our campsite
Pullen Creek RV Park, Skagway, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Oceanside RV Park, Haines, Alaska
View of Mount Redoubt from our campsite
Deep Creek Beach State Park, Alaska
We enjoyed watching the boats going out in the bay our last morning in Homer
Baycrest RV Park, Homer, Alaska
Sunset over Lake Seminole at Eastbank Campground
Eastbank COE Campground, Georgia
Morning sky from our site at Goose Island State Park
 Goose Island State Park, Texas
Relaxing behind our campsite at Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Cypress Trees in Lake Bistineau
Lake Bistineau State Park, Louisiana
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Maumelle COE Campground, Arkansas

This post was inspired by  Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Water.

My favorite place on Earth

I’ve had many people ask about my favorite place and the answer is always the same.

There is no place else on earth I love more than my little peace of paradise here in coastal Georgia. This is where our children grew up and where Henry and I are growing old together. I have the best friends and neighbors anyone could ask for and there is beauty every where I look.

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
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Full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset in Coastal Georgia
Sunset over the Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia

Want to go to an uninhabited barrier island? A boat or kayak will get you there.

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Boat ride on one of the many creeks
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
We had the island all to ourselves
We often are the only people on one of the uninhabited barrier islands

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are a common sight in the waters.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia
Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia

Let’s not forget the birds.

Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
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Osprey
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Great Egret
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Juvenile Ibis
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Wood Stork and Egret
Male Painted Bunting
Male Painted Bunting

Whether you cook it at home or eat out at one of the many great restaurants nearby, there’s nothing better than eating fresh caught seafood.

Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs Caught, Cooked, Cleaned and eaten on Halloween, 2015
Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs straight from the creek to the pot.

I love to travel and always enjoy our wanderings. Every trip ends the same way. I know I am almost home when I start smelling the salt marsh and seeing the creeks and marsh as we drive the last few miles.

No matter where you may roam, the best part is coming home – anonymous

 

Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Ohio

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Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state in my series is

Ohio

Ohio became the 17th  state on March 1, 1803. The capital is Columbus.

Before our RV days, we made two trips to Ohio to attend family weddings. The first time was to Dayton in 1980. The next time was a St. Patrick’s Day weekend trip to Cleveland. We left home with the sun shining and azaleas blooming. In Cleveland, we were freezing as we gazed at the ice on Lake Erie.

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Ice on Lake Erie in Cleveland

Our RV travels have taken us through Ohio a few times. We discovered Sun Valley RV Park in Chilicothe on one of those trips. This peaceful RV park is off the beaten path and a perfect overnight stop for weary travelers. We enjoyed it so much we returned a few years later when our route took us that way again.

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Quiet and peaceful campground in Chilicothe
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Blondie enjoyed the grassy campsite in Chilicothe
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Sunset in Chillicothe

On one trip our journey took us through the Amish country around Mt. Eaton. We discovered Evergreen RV Park, another gem of a park perfect for an overnight stop. I had read reviews of this park which raved about the cleanest and nicest RV park bath house they had ever seen. How could we pass that up? Even better still, there was an indoor pool onsite so after a swim I tried out the bath house and the reviews were right on the money!

We did a little shopping in an Amish store near the RV park. I stocked up on Amish goodies and I was a happy camper!

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Beautiful indoor pool at Evergreen RV Park
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Evergreen RV Park in Mt. Eaton was surrounded by Amish country
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Pasture next to Evergreen RV Park in Mt. Eaton

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii        Idaho  Illinois      Indiana      Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana     Maine     Maryland     Massachusetts     Michigan     Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     Montana     Nebraska     Nevada      New Hampshire     New Mexico      New York     North Carolina    North Dakota