Canoe Camping the Okefenokee Swamp

There is always a first time for everything.  Or, there is always a first time for everything you do at least once.  For me, this was my first time canoe camping.  I’ve camped instead of staying in hotels on long road trips.  I’ve RV camped.  I’ve gone glamping.  I’ve camped on overnight backpacking trips.  But canoe camping?  This was new to me.

And you know what?  Its awesome.  But, a goodly part of it being awesome was the location, and of the Okefenokee Swamp I do not think enough good things can be said.

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Lake Chicot – Best Seen by Canoe

My experience with swamps is fairly succinct:  When I was in 8th grade we took a class trip that included a jaunt down to the Okefenokee Swamp.  A brief raft ride, some pointing at alligators, and I think someone may have drank the swamp water after the guide assured us it was cleaner than it looked.

And that’s been it really.  As such, I think I should be forgiven for expecting to do any hiking in the vicinity of a lake swamp in Louisiana.

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