A Change of Plans – Okefenokee Journal, March 2015

Boat dock on Billy’s Island in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA. Cypress trees, Spanish Moss, canoe, life jackets. March 2015. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally from Dreamstime.com.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 8:30 AM – Faith in the forecasters completely changed our plans. Because of a predicted 80% chance of precipitation, instead of heading north to the mountains, we decided at the last minute to head south to the dryer and warmer swamp. I had done a good bit of planning and packing for an Appalachian Trail hike, but the memory of wet boots, soaked socks, and cold bodies was still all too clear from our January hike up to Blood Mountain. Heading south would also fit in with our need to drop Grandma and Grandpa at the Atlanta airport.

However, upon stepping outside the house departure morning, I momentarily second guessed the meteorologist’s accuracy when warm air and clear blue sky surrounded me. Should we have kept to our AT plans?  Nevertheless, an Okefenokee paddling trek would be an exciting adventure. It had been nearly twenty years since I went to the Okefenokee. But, we were off…!

Published by William Wise

Hi, I’m conservation photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager/photographer and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website www.williamwisephoto.com is a wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation. I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

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