Road Trip! (Part 1)

Hi, everybody!  As you read this, Jeanne and I are on a research trip in coastal Georgia.  As the blog posts, we’ll be getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for our Okefenokee Swamp trip tomorrow.  After that, we’ll work our way north.  Jeanne, what’s on your agenda?

 Sleep.  Ha!  Seriously, Nancy, my plan is to take it allllll in.  I’ve passed around the edges of the swamp before, travelling through various parts of Georgia, but never IN to the Okefenokee itself.  I’m really excited about the trip.  I’m looking forward to seeing some hawks and other swamp birds, hopefully some herons and bitterns.  We’ll see who/what shows up.  I’m a real bird watcher, so it’s going to be fun to see that.  Hoping NOT to see any alligators.  Really.  They can stay far away from wherever we are.  It’s going to be fun to see some of the sights you’ve seen and posted on your website, on various blog posts about the swamp, and the way you’ve lovingly described it in your fabulous books!! 

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I haven’t seen the Okefenokee in early spring, so this trip will help me when I get to the books that are set at this time of year.  It will also introduce Jeanne to the wonderfulness of the swamp! *g*  Here’s a photo I took as we headed down the Suwanee Canal early in the morning in February.

Isn’t that spooky?  We can bet the mages will be heading into a landscape much like that at some point.

The mages headquarters, the Collegium is near Brunswick, a town that dates back to the 1700s. I’d like to see some of it. There are historic houses and shops, a waterfront, a marsh (not a 400-square mile swamp, but promising anyway), and various recreational opportunities.  I suspect Stefan and Mel will end up buying a house there at some point.Here’s a link to the website.

  I’ve actually been to Brunswick, lo these many years ago, but don’t remember anything about it.  But I love new places, so I’ll enjoy catching a glimpse of life in South Georgia.  Grins. 

Sav_Riverboat_Sept2012Some of my mages also live in Savannah, and it’s a great location with its historic squares, old houses, and scenic River Street.  Two members of Griff’s team in Renegade are based there.  Lorelei has a shop on River Street, and Tasha’s headquarters for her design and remodeling business will likely be there, too.  Unless I totally fall in love with Brunswick and relocate her.

Tasha has a log cabin on the Big Satilla River, but that’s for getaway weekends, not her working  base.  Maybe she has a condo instead of a house in the city.  This trip will help me decide.

Savannah is going to be aweeeeeesome!  This is actually my part of the trip.  I’m deciding between Savannah and Richmond, VA for one series of books, and pretty much have decided to set another set of books IN Savannah itself.  These books are a couple of years off, but hey, you can never do your research too early.  

Nancy’s already agreed to be a good sport and visit some of the nice, spooky old cemeteries in Savannah proper with me.  Bwahahahaha!

The dh and I actually like visiting old cemeteries.  Many years ago, before the boy, we visited one in Savannah.

I’m taking my small backpack with digital camera, spare batteries and extra memory card, the yellow pad I’ve used to take notes on my swamp trips, and an easel, big pad and tape recorder in case we get ideas we want to develop.  Maps of Brunswick, Savannah and the swamp are also going along, as is bug repellent–very important in the Okefenokee in April.  As is sunscreen.

I’d never taken a research trip with another writer until I went to England and roamed about with Anna Sugden.  I’d be looking at what I’d come to photograph, lost in how the setting would work with the story, and then she’d nudge me and say, “You might want a photograph of those flowers.” Yes, indeed, a nice little detail I did want a photo of, for reference.  But I was so busy filtering through the story forest that I missed the tree of the lovely detail.

It’s going to be an adventure!  I’ve not taken a research trip with another writer either, Nancy.  You’re one up on me having had a good roam about with Anna S.  Still, it’ll be a fine sight better than when I took a research trip to Chicago with my husband a then-3-year-old.  Eeek!!  That wasn’t as productive as I would have liked.  Ha!  I already know this will be MUCH more the thing!  And yes, maps, camera, extra memory, the cord to upload the photos….verrrrrry important!!  I’ve only had a memory card fail once, but…  So, I upload as soon as I can.  

Nancy and I have already worked out a great place for a seafood dinner.  Rewards for our labors as working authors, don’t you know!  Slurp!!

Have you ever been to the swamp, Savannah, or the Atlantic coastal US?  Do you like seafood?  What’s your favorite?  Do you ever go to the cemeteries when YOU go sightseeing? If you were going to a place to learn about it, what would interest you most–shopping, food, history, recreation, or a combination of some of those?  What place would you choose just to explore?

We’ll check in as we get a chance along the way and catch up at night, when we’re in the hotel with its nice, free WiFi.

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to a stormy Sydney ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      He is, he is!! Supposed to storm here too, on Saturday, but our swamp trip today (Friday, much later today as it’s only midnight here) is supposed to be dry and sunny. :>

      The rooster would NOT want to be here, however, as there will be alligator sightings, I’m sure…

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Is it storming there, Helen? I thought you guys were still having summer??

      • Helen says:

        Yes it is storming we have been having a lot of humid weather which brings storms it has cooled down a bit today 🙂 and we turn our clocks back this weekend so some extra sleep more reading time 🙂 and yes Jeanne I am sure he will be happier here today than in the swamp 🙂

        Have Fun
        Helen

    • Looks like he is, Helen. Hide your Tim Tams!

  • Jane says:

    I wish I was there with you and Jeanne, Nancy. I’ve never been to the swamp, but if I was visiting Louisiana I would go check it out and then go on one of those famous cemetery tours in New Orleans. I’m always interested in the history and culture of the place I’m visiting and that of course includes sampling the local cuisine. I love seafood, especially scallops and crab.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Nom. nom, nom! Love the seafood too, Jane! :> It promises to be a fun, fun trip. We’ll post some tomorrow as we get back from the Swamp Tour!! Also, some Savannah and Brunswick pics tomorrow…

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’d love to visit New Orleans, too, Jane. I’ve never been there, but I have had several trips to Florida to outrun the alligators. Man, those fellows are quick!

      • Jane says:

        Jo, I would go just for the food alone. I’ll be dreaming of stuffing my face with beignets and muffulettas. Have fun exploring Central Park.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Jo, you’ll love New Orleans when you get to visit. It’s a story every step for people like us who see stories everywhere!! Grins.

        And Central Park is so cool. I want to tour it someday.

    • Jane, thanks! Maybe we’ll do a group tour of the swamp someday.

      A cemetery tour in New Orleans would be way cool. I took a ghost tour there years ago, during RWA. It was a lot of fun.

      I like seafood, too. Having it is a great perk of being near the coast.

  • Helen says:

    Nancy and Jeanne

    Oh what a wonderful trip I would love it although I don’t think my ankle would at the moment you will have to keep me updated on the trip and lots of photos please 🙂 Of course Nancy you know how much I am loving your series and this is such a wonderful opportunity to get resarch and Jeanne more storries from you yes please :).

    I have never visited a swamp but I would like to although i do agree with no alligators although they would be crocodiles here in Oz and yes I love seafood fish and prawns yum and vivisting a cemetary is something I would love to do there is a very old one not far from my place Roockwood and I do have a lot of family there and I plan on taking a tour there one day and see how releatives I can find and as far as interest I would say some of it all please enjoy Ladies

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Helen! Hope your ankle is feeling better! Its going to be a lot of walking over the next few days, but it promises to be TONS of fun! We’ll put some pictures up later today after we gat back from the Swamp and tomorrow we’ll post some of Savannah and all…

      Nom, nom, nom, as I said to Jane, on the prawns! Grins. And YAY on the cemetery hunting. Bwahahahah!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ouch, Helen. Did I miss what happened to your ankle. I so sympathize with you. My knee has been giving me fits for months now, and I finally got several cortisone shots in it so I’m hoping my NY trip will be pain-free!

      If seafood is cooked properly like it is on the west coast here, nice and fresh and delicious, I love it. There’s a place in Pacific Grove, CA, that we visit occasionally that has the absolutely best King Crab.

      • Helen says:

        Yes Jo I have a stress fracture in my right anke from the arthritis sadly I have arthritis in both knees as well and both ankles I see an orthopedic surgeon next week to find out what can be done so at the moment I am to stay off it I have crutches and am reading and not missing work lol and the pain is a lot better 🙂

        I love good seafood restaurant that know how to cook it just right actually we are going out tonight for Indian yum

        I hope the knee feels better I know your pain hugs

        Have Fun
        Helen

        • Jo Robertson says:

          Sorry about the arthritis, Helen. It’s a PITA, but glad you’re getting some reading done. Hope you don’t have to have surgery, but it may come to that. My SIL had surgery on both knees, and thought it was a hard recovery, she’s better than ever!

    • Helen, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the mages! What rotten luck about your ankle, though. I hope it heals up quickly.

      There may well be alligators today, as it’s going to be warm. They tend to come out more in warm weather. But we’ll be in a fairly big boat and so should be fine.

      After the boat tour, we’re driving over to the town of St. Marys, which has a lovely waterfront and an old cemetery.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    What an exciting trip, Jeanne and Nancy. I envy you. Actually I’m leaving April 15 for another NY trip. My Hitman series is set in NY and NJ and I find actually visiting the places is much more conducive to my getting a feeling for the setting than using the internet. I’m particularly interested this time in Central Park and the many entrances of it as quite a bit of mayhem goes on there in my third story.

    • Oooh, mayhem in Cental Park! I love it, Jo. (In fiction only, of course.) I know you’ll have a great time. I hope you get a chance to see some if the museums, too.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Jo, that is going to so much FUN! I love Central Park. I’m hoping to get a carriage ride in the park next time I’m up there.

      If you get a chance to see a show and want one that’s good, check out Cinderella. My Sister Victoria Clark is the Fairy Godmother and the critics are LOVING her in the part. :>

  • flchen1 says:

    Have a fabulous trip, Nancy and Jeanne!! How exciting to be exploring!

    I haven’t ever visited the swamp or Savannah or the Atlantic coast. I do love seafood–not sure I have a favorite–it’s all pretty yummy (although I admit, I’m not a fan of sea urchin…) I rarely visit cemeteries unless it’s part of a family visit; I haven’t really gone exploring random cemeteries. As for visiting, I like a little of everything–I’d love to explore China (which is HUGE) and the rest of Asia. I’d also love to visit Australia one of these days 🙂

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I agree, flchen, I’d love to visit those places and many more, but I’m not sure I’ll make it now. Traveling gets harder and harder!

      I love wandering about old cemeteries, especially looking at the headstones and imagining how old the person was when she/he passed. Sometimes there are children and I imagine how the parents feel to have lost them or how lovely it was that a husband and wife died within days of each other.

    • Helen says:

      It would be great if you could visit Australia what fun 🙂 🙂

      Have Fun
      Helen

    • Fedora, let us know if you get to this part of the country. A friend took a tour in China and loved it. Judging by pictures, there’s so much beauty in Asia, both in landscape and culture.

      I’d like to visit Australia, too.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay! Another seafood lover! :> Like the others, I’m right there with you on wanting to explore/visit Australia. Want to meet Helen in person, and Barb, and other Bandit buddies, as well as visit our Aus Bandits! Would love, love, love to see/visit China. My MIL went before she passed and just loved it.

  • Oh, you girls, I”m SOOOOOO jealous! I’d love to be there with you – you two together are a hoot as I well remember from those distant days when I used to make RWAs every year. Sigh. So looking forward to the second part of this. Have fun!

    Seafood? ALL of it! Especially oysters. My parents were quite shocked – I liked oysters even as a baby. Apparently that’s quite unusual. I still look askance at people who call them slimy and ‘orrible. But on the other hand, if people don’t like them, there’s all the more oysters for MEEEEEEEE!

    • Anna, it would be great if you were here. I miss seeing you.

      We will report in tomorrow, with photos.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      OMG, Fo, that IS unusual! I must admit to never trying oysters. Something about the texture and, yes, the thought of the sliminess! More for you, though!!!! You can have all of mine.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I’ll belly up to the OY! ster bar with you, Anna. Nom, nom, nom! And both my boys like them, even tho my husband doesn’t. :> As you said, more for US!! Bwahahahah!!

      Wish you could be here too! All of y’all. It’s a gorgeous day, not to hot, nice breeze, The boat ride was wonderful. We got some outstanding pictures. You’ll see them tomorrow if we can get them all loaded up.

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    Hey Nancy and Jeanne! Sounds like a great trip!

    I live in North Carolina so you would think I have been to Savannah and the swamp but, unfortunately I haven’t 🙁 Maybe I will one day. I personally prefer the mountains when I go on trips. My husband, children and I are all history buffs so on any trip we learn about the history. It’s great when teenagers would rather go to a museum than go to an arcade or something.

    As for seafood, I love shrimp, oysters, white fish, flounder, and perch. Yum!

    The next place I would like to visit is Texas. I think it would be a buffet of history!

    Hope y’all have a great trip! Stay safe!

    • Sorry the nesting didn’t work!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Teresa! You would love it down here, even if you are a mountain gal like me. :> I love the mountains too, and prefer them, but this is just gorgeous and we have had SUCH a gorgeous day out on the swamp. That sounds like it wouldn’t be possible as gorgeous day and swamp don’t usually go together! ha! But it was really fun.

  • Teresa, I love history, too. That’s a great thing about travel with the dh. He also enjoys history. I never went to Savannah until I was in my 30s. Just never got there, y’know? Or to the Outer Banks, either, not until the boy was school age.

    I used to go to the mountains for a week every summer, and that was great.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hope you two are having a fantastic time. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    I’ve spent the past 40+ years living in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina so, yes, I’ve visited the Atlantic coast many times, including several trips to Brunswick and Savannah. The night ghost/cemetery tours of Savannah are awesome!

    I love seafood. Favorites include grouper, mahi mahi and shrimp.

    I want to explore Scotland!

    • PJ, I’m really hoping to make the UK next year so I’m starting to get excited about Scotland and places south.

    • PJ, today has been great, thanks! Aside from tripping over my own feet and falling down in the (fortunately large) boat. I’m not hurt, just a couple if scrapes and dings, but gee, do I feel stupid! Lucky for me, I’m traveling with someone who carries antibacterial ointment and variously sized bandaids.

      Yes, exploring Scotland would be great!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey PJ!! Ohhhhh the wee land of Scotland? YES!! Caladonia, here we come. Grins. You, me, and Anna! Grins.

      Love me some grouper too, and the mahi mahi you mentioned. Slurp!

      It’s such a fun trip down here to see all the Old South, plus, the swamp!

  • Elke Feuer says:

    Sounds like a fun trip! We have swamp lands where I live in the Cayman, but thankfully no alligators. 🙂

    I love all seafood and don’t mind trying new things.

    Checking out all the place has to offer is what I like to do.

    Oh! Too many to choose, but at the top of my list is China, Florence, and Scotland.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • catslady says:

    Oh, I miss traveling – your trip sounds wonderful. I have traveled by car from PA to MS and also to FL more than once. I enjoy the ride (probably because I never do the driving lol). I love finding out about the history and look for historical sites. And the food – you just have to try the food of the area. I can still remember the tray of crawfish in New Orleans lol. I also like to pick out some nice items that represent different places – for a while we would buy a painting if we could and we’ve picked up some unique items too. Enjoy your trip!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’m a history buff too, Catslady, and I find I’m getting to be more of one as I get older lol.

    • Catslady, thanks! I enjoy being able to rubberneck when the dh drives. I’ve developed favorite sights on this route during my trips with him.

      On the way to Brunswick and Savannah we’ll pass through some beautiful wetlands. It was too dark to see them last night, but I’m looking forward to letting Jeanne rubberneck tomorrow while I drive.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Catslady! I do love driving trips too, even if I have to do part of the driving. And NO Crawfish? Sign me up. :> I love that y’all bought paintings. We usually try to get something unique wherever we take a trip to, even if it’s only a magnet.

  • You trip sounds like great fun. Like Jeanne, I’ve driven around the edges of a swamp, but have never actually been in one. I’ve only been to Savannah once for many 3 hours. I’d love to go there for much longer.

    As for new trips – going to England to explore with Anna is still #1 on my list…but I can see it’s not happening soon. #2 is New Orleans and I’m going in May. I want to explore the voodoo side of the city. 🙂

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Oh, ladies, you are going to have so much fun! I only discovered Savannah when my son started university at Georgia Southern, about an hour away, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Be sure to check out all the squares, they are all unique. I recommend Molly McPherson’s for lunch, and if you love seafood, you MUST go to Coco’s on Tybee Island; it’s a sharp right at the foot of the bridge and worth the trip!!! Check out Fort Pulaski while you’re there, lots of history and a great place for a chase through the twisty, dark tunnels. And may I say I can’t wait to read these new books you’re working on! They sound right up my alley!

    • EC, thanks! I love Savannah, too, though I don’t often get there. Food and touring recommendations are always welcome! I’ll enjoy seeing it again and discovering something new.

      I’m looking forward to the books involved, too, both writing mine and reading Jeanne’s.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi EC! Thanks for the restaurant reccomendatio! Woot! We’re having a blast, gathering ideas and plotting and planning.. Grins. The swamp was gorgeous, and I’m really looking forward to St. Marys today and Savannah tomorrow!

  • Oh I wish I was making this road trip with you two! Sounds like so much fun. I’ve traveled extensively in Louisiana, but not so much in Florida. I’ve been to Savannah a number of times. It has a rich history of voodoo culture, probably second only to New Orleans.

    I love to visit swamps and I love to visit old cemeteries. The cemetery tour of New Orleans is absolutely amazing. But there are some old cemeteries in Savannah as well.

    Of course my favorite research trip would be to England. I’d love to do several weeks in London and several weeks touring stately homes. Sigh. One of these days!

    You two have fun! And don’t wake up any alligators!

    • Louisa, wouldn’t we have lovely fun in England together. Those stately homes would never recover!

    • Louisa, thanks! I love touring historic houses. Anna S. had one picked out for us to visit in December, but it appened to be closed for the winter. Rats!

      I think Jeanne has some cemeteries picked out for our Savannah itinerary. I visited one there with the dh early in our marriage. It was very cool.

      I don’t know whether we woke up any alligators, but the boat’s passage seemed to annoy a couple of them.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Louisa! I want to be there with a camera on when you and Anna C visit the stately houses. Grins. It would be a fun one!

      I’d love to visit more of Louisiana and see more of N.O. I’m so excited about visting a couple of the cemeteries and squares in Savannah. Yay!

  • Okay…I’m seriously worried about the two of you out in the swamp. Ick!

    Okay, here’s my one and only experience with a swamp.

    Before I begin, remember I have a very real fear of bridges and overpasses…more specifically, ME driving over them. Don’t mind if someone else is driving.

    So, we were moving from FL to TX and Jazzman had moved out a month earlier. So I’d packed up the house and sent it by moving company, the loaded in the three teenagers and headed out. Jazzman warned me when I stopped the first night, that when I got into Louisianna I’d be crossing a bridge over the swamp that was 21 FREAKING MILES LONG.

    Well, I figured I’d stop the night before that and them get if over bright and early the next day…unfortunately, he forgot to tell me EXACTLY where that bridge was.

    Yep, you guessed it, before I knew it I was on the bridge. No where to stop until the end, no where to turn around.

    Now, I was really okay as long as the tops of the trees were level with the bridge, because I just imagined it was grass. THEN the trees thinned out and we could see the murky water below…way below… sigh.

    White-knuckled it the rest of the way. Once we were off it, I found a restaurant and had a drink with dinner…then a hotel room. Called Jazzman and gave him a piece of my mind. He laughed!!

  • As for cemetaries, I’ve been know to muck around in them. The family ones in Tennessee, the old church and historic ones I con Jazzman into stopping at during road trips. (He indulges me…as long as he doesn’t insist on me driving bridges we’re all good!)

  • Suz, you can stop worrying now. We’re out of the swamp and planning to zip over to the lovely little town of St. Marys shortly for supper and a peek at their very old cemetery.

    There’s also a submarine base in this area, so lots of naval personnel around. And there’s an abandoned mill I’m thinking could be useful.

    FWIW I don’t like long drives over high bridges, either. They make me nervous. The bridges over the InterCoastal Waterway on the Carolina coast are quite high and long enough, thank you!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I’m guessing neither one of you would want to do the Bay Bridge run….5 miles. (4.3 of that over water, and it’s one of those higher arching bridges…)

  • Becke says:

    Nancy/Jeanne,

    Sounds like great fun. I love the historic district of Savannah and yes we roamed the cemetery there. It’s awesome.

    I’ve been in a few swamps. To me, they are creepy, especially in the south. I reeeeealy don’t like reptiles.

    Our trips are usually a blend. We like to do outdoor things so that usually includes kayaking, hiking, and biking. We love to walk around the cities. I actually wore the soles off my shoes the first time we visited Savannah. We had to see every square.

    The least interesting was the shops along the river. They’re fun, but nothing like walking the squares, taking in the monuments, the cemetery. It’s a lovely place. I’m jealous!
    Enjoy

    • Becke, thanks! It has been a fun day so far. A lot of people were on the water in canoes or kayaks. I’m not especially fond of reptiles. Alligators are interesting, but I prefer to see them from a distance.

      River Street is pretty, but there are more bars than there used to be, it seems. I’m looking forward to walking the squares.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Becke! I’m so excited about seeing the squares and walking the old cemeteries. Thankfully we’ve got good walking shoes, the both of us. :>

  • This is so cool and exciting, Nancy and Jeanne! I’m dying of envy here 🙂 My dream is to one day go to a stately home in England with our Foanna. Never say never, right?

    I’ve never been to the South but I’ve read so many books set there, I really want to go one day. Until then, I have to rely on books to transport me there–looking forward to reading yours!

    Have a fabulous time and we’re looking forward to hearing all about it!

  • We’re heading out in a few minutes. We’ll have puctures tomorrow from today’s doings, and pictures from the weekend…Jeanne?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yep, my stomach’s starting to growl, so we’ll head out to eat. We’ll be back in a little while and catch up again. Can’t wait for y’all to see today’s faboo pix of the Swamp!!

      Tune in tomorrow for that, and then next Tuesday, on my regular blog day for the Savannah tour!

  • Susan Sey says:

    What an amazing trip! I swear, I just stopped & gazed at that foggy swamp shot for five minutes. It’s just so…spooky. And yet so intriguing. I totally wanted to go there & at the same time was like, “Ummm, maybe I’ll just stick real close to tour guide….”

    Are you all having a fantastic time? Enjoying the seafood? I tried frog legs a few weeks ago for the first time ever. They were…not terribly froggy, actually. Sort of like weirdly-shaped chicken wings, with a little whiff of swamp at the end. Hope you guys are having a blast–report back!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Susan! We’re having a great time! No frog legs yet, but we did see/hear some frogs. :> And some alligators….wait till you see the pix tomorrow!!

    • Susan, thanks! I love the spookiness of that photo. We were in a regular excursion boat today and so had plenty of room to move around and a canopy to keep off the sun. It was a gorgeous day. No fog today.

      We had seafood for dinner. My shrimp and grits had more kick than I expected but were delicious.

    • Cassondra says:

      Susan, frog legs are fantastic. One of my favorite foods, but I don’t eat them because I like frogs so much.

      Around here, frog hunters decimate the population, and I love bass in my frog choir, so no frog legs for me. :0(

  • Shannon says:

    Sounds like you’re having fun. I’ve driven through swampy areas in NC/SC, never stopped though.

    My only experience with Savannah is a day trip into the historic area while staying at a condo on Hilton Head Island.

    Can;t wait for pictures!

  • Cassondra says:

    I am so, so jelly.

    Y’all are having FUN without me. *hangs head*. I love Savannah. I went there the first time last spring with Dianna Love, and I’ve heard so much about St. Marys, I want to visit it too.

    But the swamp. I SO want to go there. And as long as the alligators don’t do anything threatening, I would like to see them. I want to get over my fear of gators.

    Can’t do that if I’m never around any. *grin*

    • Cassondra, the excursion boat is wide and has high sides. We were never close enough to be at risk from any alligators, though we were about a dozen feet from a pair hanging out by a battery (a peat island that blows up to the surface and has grass and plants take root on it).

      The weather was sunny and warm, so the alligators were out. We saw a smallish one beside Swamp Island Drive as drove along it just before we left.

      No, you can’t get over it if you never see any. 🙂 You’ll get to the swamp.