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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Skunk Apes and Swamp Gas

Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia

Here, Mrs. Phred says goodbye to Gordie, Mark and Darwin. They asked her to play doubles with them early Easter morning.

There is one theory that the squadron of lost Navy fighter pilots associated with the Bermuda Triangle may have actually ended up here in the swamp. It's a huge place, about 700 square miles, mostly impassible on foot or by boat.

The green orbs of glowing swamp gas float around everywhere here. They are very annoying and seem to follow us wherever we go.

We spot a red cockaded woodpecker just off the trail pounding on a log. It's an endangered species. You have to wonder about the niche it has selected for itself....looking for bugs by beating apart logs with its nose. The pictures are all blurry. This is the best of the lot. We also spot two skunk apes (both a little over nine feet tall). They smell like a cross between ground pepper and an open sewer. The pictures don't turn out.

Okefenokee Swamp is possibly the most unloved and least visited National Recreation Area.

This is the alien abduction capital of America. The theory is that the lack of roads and people make it a good place to grab the occasional human or cow for closer observation and/or mutilation.

We'll rent a boat today and penetrate the mysterious Okefenokee a little more deeply.

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