5.02.2011

Okefenokee Swamp & Drive-In

It rained off and on here Thursday as the storms passed through so my Redneck husband decided to utilize the water and wash his boat and truck. The sad thing is that they look so much better now even though it poured down rain on them after the fact. Oh well, I got a kick out of it and for the record I love that my husband gets things done regardless of the weather or anything else for that matter. He also washed his grill. My sister and brother-in-law came in late Thursday night and we got up early Friday morning and loaded up our boat and headed down to the Okefenokee Swamp in Folkston, Georgia. Okefenokee means "Land of the Trembling Earth" and is a 438,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge. We are literally obsessed with the show Swamp People, and we felt like one of them out in the Okefenokee. We have been wanting to make this trip together for a while now and I am so thankful we finally got to do it! We had a blast! The water level was really low since we are in a drought down here in South Georgia, but other than that we didn't have any issues. We saw at least 150-200 alligators. The weather was perfect-not a cloud in the sky and not too hot. It was so nice to be able to just spend the day on the boat looking at all the beauty of God's creation and being able to just visit. I love my sister and BIL so much and I wish we were close enough to each other that we could do these kinds of things more often. We traveled about 6 miles upstream to Coffee Bluff shelter where we got out and had a picnic for lunch. My sister will always be my best friend no matter the distance. I love her dearly.I love how you can see both of the guys and the hissing alligator in this picture!After we left the swamp we went back into Folkston and were treated to a good supper at the local Okefenokee Restaurant. It is a seafood buffet where all the locals go on Friday and Saturday nights. Then we hung out in the parking lot and talked a while before we had to go our separate ways. Tiffany and Brad were heading on down to Florida for a dive trip they had planned for the weekend. I'm pretty jealous ;) Either way we loved the Okefenokee and can't wait to go back again!On our way home we got through Jesup, Georgia, where the have an awesome drive-in movie theater and since Madea was playing we decided to stop in and watch it. It was so much fun and I would much rather go to a drive-in than a new theater. There is something so nostalgic about the experience. The best part is you get a double feature! The movie was funny but I'm glad we didn't pay more than $5 each to see it, though. I love that we have so many inexpensive things to do around here. It makes life exciting!

12 comments:

  1. wow less that FIVE dollars and you get to watch a movie that is in theatres. what a steal. yeah I saw it for free. It had wayy too much cussing for what is supposed to be a CHRISTIAN film but I did find a lot of it funny. definitely not worth the full payment.

    That swamp trip looked so fun and exciting! I'm glad you and your husband have so many great and affordable things to do out there. What a blessing :)

    ♥cheche

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  2. The trips looks spectacular! I love doing things that aren't the every day norm. Glad you guys were able to spend some time together!

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  3. I can't believe yall get that close to alligators!!! I would be soooo scared! Looks like yall had fun though. Hope all is well!

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  4. I love all the Spanish moss and how cool to see all of those alligators!

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  5. wow lots of gators! I have those some crocs :)

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  6. what a fun weekend and spent with family ! love it. hope your doing well! xxoo

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  7. Looks like a fun weekend! We've always talked about driving down to the drive-in but never have!

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  8. I have always wanted to Okefenokee swamp! So glad you had a great time with your sister and your BIL!!

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  9. What a fun weekend spent with your family! I can't believe you saw so many alligators--so cool!

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  10. What a fun trip! I love drive in movies too! The closest one to us is like 2 hours away though :(

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  11. I'm jealous of your drive in movies. Where I am from in NY we had 3 different ones, but here in NC there arent any around :(

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  12. Hi, I'm new to your blog found it by looking for the water level at the swamp. a group of us are scheduled to go there around the 16th of June. We are first going to Fl. and would be driving up from there. My husband's mother was born on Billys Island and there is a cemetery on the Island where his grandfather and others are buried.Part of my family lives in Fl. and have not been to the swamp so we are trying to get this trip together.We have called theFargo entrance to the park and reserved two pontoons if the water level was okay to be taken out to the Island. It was good to hear you were able to take your boat in. We will not take the trip this time if we cant get out to the island. Hoping the water level is high enough. What do you think? I'm writing you from Wis. so any info would be helpful.thanks for reading this ramble. A swampers family kin.

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