An excerpt from my March 2017 Okefenokee nature journal…
Saturday, 8:41 PM – I’m sitting on a cot in our spacious tent. What a pleasant feeling after several hours out on the water of Billy’s Lake. Although just a half day, the first day was therapeutic. What a joy as I journaled the events of this first day.
We arrived in the Refuge just after 1:00 PM. Just like previous visits, a group of Wild Turkeys foraged along the road into the park. I’m sure they were different people, but like last year, the campground was fairly full of large RVs and plenty of retired couples walking the loop or sitting on the “patios” of their motor homes.
Being limited by a late start, our first excursion would remain on Billy’s Lake, travelling east to Billy’s Island, then turning back toward the western end, and circling back to the campground. Immediately upon entering the lake from the short canal up from the campground, it was like we never left! We were confronted by Cormorants, Anhingas, and basking turtles. A pair of Wood Ducks gave a quick, surprise flyby. All looked exactly as we had left it two years ago. Time moves much more slowly in the Okefenokee.
iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32661305