Okeefenokee Swamp, natures treasure chest

The Okeefenokee swamp is located in south Georgia and Florida.
The area is approximately 700 square miles and is the largest swamp in North America.

You can easily spend a full day or more in the park capturing a glimpse of the many species of birds, reptiles, plants, mammals, fish, and amphibians.
We entered the park in Waycross, Georgia 59 miles west of I 95 at the US 82 exit in Brunswick Georgia.
The park is very accommodating with a gift shop, information center, restrooms, boat tours, a train tour, 92’ observation tower, snack and gift shop, and a reptile show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real.

There is an admission fee, with several discounts offered including the senior discount. We passed on the boat tour because we did not allot enough time. The park closes before dark unless they are hosting a night event or light show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real or part of the attraction.

I was excited about the observation tower but it offered me a challenge. It is accessible by boat or walking through the swamp…yikes…they have a walkway that is about 6 inches above the water.  Of course, the release of liability required to be signed was only the beginning of my apprehension. My first time out there i just couldn’t do it.

Most of the boardwalk is high enough to feel comfortable and the animals mostly come out at night , but you never know..I doubt they follow a rule book

My second try at the low board I looked straight ahead and walked quickly. I was so relieved to see the steps going up at the end. On our way back I walked in front of my husband. When I got halfway I thought this is it, I did it, and then I heard the splash! I ran and then I heard a big splash! When I jumped up on the steps, I forgot all about Hubby. I called out for him and he didn’t answer because he was standing real still and quiet. Anyways, he finally came up a few minutes later and said “I think it was a small gator or a snake”…So folks if I go back again I’ll take the boat. Children under 18 are not permitted on the walkway and should not go on it..I ‘m usually not a scare-dy cat but this is the real deal, there are no mechanical animals here.

The observation tower is a treat for birdwatchers at 60 feet, but to take photos and see the view of the 25 mile radius on a clear day I made my way to 92 feet. You can see the blackwater winding creeks and way down upon the Suwannee River🎶

The tour guide on the train was very informative, and had a personal relationship with the wildlife. The dominant alligators have names and their behavior is monitored and studied. Mating season is in late March.

The reptile show was very interesting and I would suggest it for school age children.

Temperature was 65 degrees, and sunny. No bugs bothered us, and best of all there were no “litter bugs” the water was sparkling and only the habitants were floating around..

Happy travels 🙂 through America the beautiful…Share the good advise from the swamp





Wormsloe Historical Site, Savannah Ga.

This scenic historic site located in  Savannah Georgia USA  can easily be missed by visitors to the area because it is off the beaten path of the Historic District of the city.  Located on Isle of Hope a coastal community in the southeast area of Savannah, this former plantation has an abundance of wildlife, salt marsh, historic ruins, a colonial village, a military battery and relaxing walking trails that will take you a step back in time.  The gateway canopy of oaks sets the pace for the breathtaking views you will see at Wormsloe.  The tree lined avenue of 400 oaks is a 1.5 mile walk and  other trails branch off from there.

The site of the tabby ruins nestles up to the salt marsh. Tabby homes were built in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida in the 1700’s. Tabby is made with burned oyster shells, sand, and water.

Oysters make a home in the salt marshes in Coastal Georgia.

The Colonial Village will likely interest the young visitors who find a day out looking at nature and museums boring

For I95 Georgia travelers exit #109…it’s about a 40 minute drive, and there is no where to eat at the site, so I suggest stopping in nearby Sandfly at myfavorite barbecue restaurant in Savannah.  No need for directions because you will pass right through Sandfly.  Also, bring bug spray for the walking trails, and expect high heat and humidity in the summer.


Happy travels…..get off the interstates and see more than billboards….:)


Celebrating the end of January with a walk in the park…Savannah Ga. USA

I’ll start by apologizing for all the shadows in my photos of beautiful Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia USA.  With an average of 261 days of sunshine a year, and me being a lazy morning person, I always have the 2PM high sun.   January happens to be my least favorite month, so today with a little pep in my step, I put on my Nike’s, a hooded sweatshirt and headed out to check the trees and plants for any hint of spring.


The city of Savannah was designed in the 1700’s and homes were built around the city squares.  Like the squares, homes also surround this 30 acre park that is family friendly, full of greenery, and hosts open concerts and festivals throughout the year.  It’s not unusual to see visitors touching the spanish moss that drapes the trees,  but it is home to some very tiny critters.  To read more : https://effinghammoves.com/2017/04/18/itchy-moss/


The fountain at the entrance to the park is a popular “selfie” spot  and is featured in many tourist guides. During Savannah’s huge St Patricks Day celebration in March  the fountain water is flowing green.  A variety of architecture surrounds the park and the multi-color homes are a clear expression of the charm of Savannah.

There are Bed and Breakfast style lodging near the park and also one of Savannah’s most sought after full service luxury  hotels and spa…The Mansion….http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com


You can finish off your day with some light shopping, a quick cup of coffee, or some healthy food choices at http://www.brighterdayfoods.com/ on the south end of the park.


As it turned out the first month of the year went out with a pleasant day in the Hostess city of the South”.  Minutes from exit 109 of the I95…..in Georgia you are sure to find true hospitality in this beautiful city….

Happy travels…try the Shrimp and grits….boiled peanuts…..and Sweet Tea


New Ebenezer…Historical Site 25 miles NW of Savannah Georgia — EffinghamMoves

Twenty five miles northwest of Savannah Georgia in Effingham County is New Ebenezer one of the first five settlements in Georgia USA. In 1741 the colonists who originated in the Province of Salzburg known today as Austria made this their home. Bring a lunch and plan to spend the day. Situated on the banks of […]

via New Ebenezer…Historical Site 25 miles NW of Savannah Georgia — EffinghamMoves


US Southeast Coast and shell rings — EffinghamMoves

This will really get you thinking about how modern a society we  are. This is a replica of a shell ring that are found in coastal Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. To read more about these mysterious little villages: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/coastal-shell-rings

via US Southeast Coast and shell rings — EffinghamMoves


Salt Marsh…Coastal Carolina and Georgia


It’s not  unusual to hear travelers passing through South Carolina and Georgia comment on the outdoor smell.  Some make a quick assumption that it is industry when in fact it is from a very natural resource the salt marsh.   Natural wildlife inhabited areas are open to walk through on trails and you will have a “spa like” feeling after a short period of time from the quiet peaceful environment.   So hop off the I95 when your nose starts to itch in the low country and pamper yourself to a free retreat.

Happy travels 🙂

For more information: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/saltmarsh.html


Quick lunch and sweets on the Riverwalk in Savannah Georgia


Some days you just can’t resist getting out of the house to enjoy the pleasant 70 degree temperature and clear blue sky.  That day for me was November 1st in beautiful Savannah Georgia. Travelers on the I 95 can easily get to the Historic area by hopping on the I 16 (GA exit 99)  going east. It will end in downtown Savannah and anything you look at from that point on to the river will be a treat.

There are several restaurants and shops to keep you busy, or test your balancing skills  walking along  the streets of ballast stones that were  brought over on the ships to fill with cotton.

Our two stops included a cocktail on the rooftop lounge of the Bohemian Hotel (Rocks on the Roof)  http://www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com

followed by my craving for the best pralines ever….https://www.riverstreetsweets.com

Bring your camera and a seafood appetite!