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Okefenokee and Doerun Georgia in 2003.

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Ah, but such must not always be the case. For here is a hybrid between Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis and Sarracenia flava. This is called Sarracenia ×harperi. We saw about a dozen specimens of this hybrid during our five days in the swamp. Certainly the greatest concentration of hybrids was seen on our first day, about halfway between Kingfisher Landing and Maul Hammock Lake. (Those wishing to see hybrids take note: I believe these were still in the day-use area, but I am not sure. So it is possible you could see them on a day trip. Such an excursion would be arduous, but possible.)

That night we stayed at Maul Hammock Lake, in a wooden canoe shelter. If you camp overnight in Okefenokee, bring ear plugs! The animal sounds are beyond belief--I couldn't sleep until I put my ear plugs in (even though I had spent the day paddling for 19 km/12 miles). The many species of chorus frogs, pig frogs, and other amphibians shouted all night long.

The next day was a similar-length pull through dense vegetation, and the day after that was an extremely technical, exhausting pull through mud and dense growth with lots of poling and a portage. (To see those slides, ask me in person.)

Our third night was spent on Floyds Island. Real solid ground! While Beth enjoyed the old cabin on Floyds Island, I couldn't stand it. My blood pressure shot up as soon as I saw it. It didn't drop until the next morning when we canoed away. Here is why....

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