Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Still loving the Boardwalk!

Here are a few more pics from the boardwalk here at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Tom and I reflected in the glass of  a device used to record the water level. The meter is still working but it looks like Hurricane Irma took out the graphing function.

This is a neat spider we saw. Some variety of orb spider.

You can see orchids on this tree. They are not currently in bloom.

One of the trees that was felled during hurricane Irma. This one is extra interesting because a strangler fig has put a root down the hollow inside of the cypress tree.

Another orchid plant.

Beautiful lily

Another lily next to a cypress tree. Just pretty and peaceful.

one HUGE alligator. This one is probably 14 feet long. Glad he is over on the island and not too near the boardwalk.

One last photo of a rare Ghost Orchid. To see better pictures, please go here to the page about them at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary website. http://corkscrew.audubon.org/visit/corkscrews-ghost-orchids

The Ghost Orchid is very high up in a tree and far from the boardwalk. This is a great thing for the orchid since people try to poach them.
This is zoomed in on the same shot. I know you can't see them well, but at least I can prove we saw them. *lol* Be sure to check out the link above.
So far we are loving this area and are enjoying the people we meet. If you are coming to the Naples/Cape Coral/Ft. Myers area, be sure to look us up. Tom and I would love to give you a guided tour.
Ooops almost forgot this video of Tom walking along the boardwalk. I am not having any trouble getting my daily 10,000 steps in any more. It feels good.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our first walk on Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk.

It was just amazing. I am in love with this place. It is so peaceful. Just tranquil views any way I looked this morning. Here are some of the pictures and videos of what we saw today. Click on them for a better view.

A snag

Animal crossing.

Tom liked this spot where the tree grew around the banister.

The lush, green plant is called Alligator Flag

So calming.

Hurricane Irma damage

Panoramic photo - be sure to click on this one

Another panoramic -again, click to see better.
Here are some films of birds:

Little Blue Heron

A banded water snake

And of course, an alligator

The flowers were beautiful!

Friday, November 10, 2017

St. Marys, Georgia

We are in Georgia for 3 nights on our way to Florida for the winter. We decided to do a little exploring in the town of St. Marys today. It is a very picturesque and historic little town. The people we talked with were very friendly.

Our first stop was in front of the City of St. Marys Welcome Center. We went to explore an historic marker on the way to the center. The marker was to commemorate the Washington Pump and Oak tree. The tree (now just a stump) was one of 4, that along with this well were dedicated to George Washington at the time of his death.

Washington Pump and Oak, St. Marys, GA
We were pleased to see an additional maker next to the pump and oak honoring President Washington that explained the group behind the planting of the trees had been the local Masonic Lodge.
 We found this little guy near the door of the Visitor Center. I was assured he wouldn't bite.
This pretty church across from the center and the tree with interesting bumps in front of it seemed to just ask for their pictures to be taken.

Okay, enough with the Visitor's Center, on to some tourist sites. We started at the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. It had great information about the area's native inhabitants and some of the early white inhabitants. I was tickled that there were some Scottish folks in the early days.

I was also quite taken with this vintage dress and a Tiffany desk set. Across the river from St. Marys on Cumberland Island was a home to some of the Carnegie family. There sure is a difference between what the haves and have nots were used to.

From the museum, we walked down toward the waterfront. I was glad to spy some food trucks as it was almost lunch time. To be honest, I was excited because the one had Cuban food. Mmm, we had a Cuban sandwich and I had Cuban coffee for lunch. One sandwich is enough for both of us. Refueled, we headed back to the National Park Visitor's Center right on the water. 

 We were unable to go to Cumberland Island because of damage from Hurricane Irma. I guess we have to leave something for future visits. *w*

The submarine museum was pretty interesting but only the second floor held actual exhibits as they have not gotten the first-floor items moved back in after Irma. Some more wandering took us to a gift shop and an antique store. The antique as just a delight to wander through. I could have spent a ton in it. Glad Tom was there to keep me under control. I just picked up a couple trinkets for some friends.

From the downtown area we headed to see the McIntosh Sugarworks Tabby Ruins. What the heck does that mean? You may say. Well, Mr. McIntosh built the structure as one of the first horizontal sugar mills that was powered by oxen. Tabby is concrete and shell mixture they used to build the walls. Time and disuse has removed all of the wooden parts of the structure leaving  behind pretty neat architectural ruins. (Yes, Dad, I remembered you said to watch for snakes and we were very careful.) I am glad we stopped.

Just across the street from the ruins is Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. They have this impressive yard decoration:
Yes, that is a submarine in the ground - The USS George Bancroft. (okay, it's not really the whole sub, go here to find out more: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/navsubbase_kings_bay/about/uss_bancroft.html

That was enough for us for the day. We returned to our camper at Walkabout Camp and RV Park to walk the dogs and pet the cat.