Into the Swamp

Our friendly tree guide with an arrow marker showing which way to go.

Sugar has been wanting to go on a swamp trip.  No, really, who wouldn’t want to go into the spooky ole swamp in a boat with no motor?

Apparently I was waving my hand wildly in the air in hopes of being chosen to go.  Yup, that’d be me.

Sugar has had his eye on a used boat.  He finally struck a deal, and we set off for the canoe trail at the Webb Wildlife Center.  The trail is about 1 1/4 miles long, it starts at the landing next to the observation deck, and ends at a fresh-water lake.  The part connecting the two lakes is swamp.  Seemingly endless miles of swamp.

Heavy-duty swamp action begins here at the landing.

The hole at the bottom of the boat needs a stopper applied on the inside, like the stopper to a wine bottle. I cannot stress enough the importance of this stopper.

I only took pictures on the return part of the trip.  On the way out, I was too worried about boat spillage due to the ineptness of the bow-person (namely me), but my fears were unfounded.  Also, fortunately there were markers on the trees indicating which way to go. 

When the boat entered into the waters with the green floaty stuff, I heard a sound, a soft “ssssssssss” of the boat sliding through the floaters.  That sound, and an occasional bird call, were all we heard.

So here’s our swampy fun…

This was the lake at the end of the swamp. There were three alligators near the bend who were gracious enough to move along.

Same shot as above with less sky and more lake. There's a submerged log close to us, and this seemed like a good place to turn back, what with alligators and all.

Lot more tree pictures coming. If you don't want to look at trees, then you'll need to go look at someone else's blog.

As you leave the fresh water area, you'll see floaty stuff on the water. Soon the surface of the water is covered with a carpet of green, but it's not algae. It's floaty stuff.

A watery green carpet. Fallen leaves were resting on the surface. We are definitely in the swamp now.

A peckerwood!

The shadows dapple the surface of the floaty stuff. We could stick a 5' long oar into this and not touch bottom.



Turtle-spotter looking festive and patriotic completely by accident.

Almost back to the landing! The observation deck is in the middle left of the photo.

And the sky was Carolina Blue.


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2 Responses to “Into the Swamp”

  1. Kari Says:

    This looks so fun (and scary), you lucky duck!!

    Maybe Sugar should start a fashion blog. 🙂


    • ruthrawls Says:

      I was apprenhensive about going but you never hear about people dying in the swamp. Hmmm, maybe that’s because there are no witnesses.
      In Sugar’s fashion blog, he would only be wearing green.


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