"Way down upon the Suwannee River" Ever wonder where this famed stream is? It begins in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp. Are you familiar with "Pogo," Walt www.brownsnflofficialonline.com/Johnny_Manziel_Jersey_Browns Kelly's famous cartoon possum? Pogo and his pals live in the Okefenokee, too!
The Okefenokee Swamp and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are located in the southeastern corner of Georgia and is the largest swamp in North America, measuring 700 square miles. The Creeks and Seminoles named the swamp Okefenokee, which means "land of the trembling earth." The name is fitting because so much of the land in the swamp is water logged, it does actually tremble in spots.
The Okefenokee is a wonderland of moss draped oaks, dense forests of cypress and pine, palmetto thickets, shrubs, marshes, islands, deep lakes, wildflowers, and waterways. Most of the area has been left in its natural, pristine state. It's a wild and hauntingly beautiful place, full of surprises at every turn. These might include eerie swamp gas, slithering snakes, or huge alligators. The Okefenokee Swamp is so prehistoric in its appearance that you wouldn't be all that surprised to happen upon some extinct dinosaur!
Things to do and see in the Okefenokee
The Okefenokee Swamp is fascinating for every age and during every month of the year. Not only is the area beautiful and educational, it's also lots of fun! Here are some of the things you can do and see during a visit to the Okefenokee.
Guided boat tour: The tour will take you to different parts of the swamp as your guide tells you fascinating tidbits and history along the way. You're sure to see numerous species of swamp animals and birds.
Railroad tour: Board the Lady Suwanee for a 1.5 mile tour that takes you along the edge of the swamp and to PioneerIsland. On the island, you'll have the opportunity to visit WildesCabinMuseum and a homestead replica.
Boat rentals: If you prefer to tour the swamp on your own, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or motorboat.
Fishing: The Okefenokee is abundant with fish. Some of your catch might include bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, warmouth perch, shellcracker, catfish, chain pickerel, gar, and bowfin.
Hiking: There are eight hiking trails through the refuge, ranging in length from .2 miles to 4 miles. The Johnny Manziel XL Jersey trails wind through forests and across wetlands. There's also a .75 mile raised boardwalk for viewing plants and swamp animals.
Biking: Biking is allowed on paved roads and is a great way to see the area.
Animal shows: The animal shows at the Okefenokee are both fascinating and educational. The show lasts about 25 minutes and is geared toward all ages.
Visitor Center: The visitor center provides a film about the swamp's history, along with a bookstore. It also has a viewing tower and a place to get a wonderful underwater view of the swamp.
Chesser Island homestead: This is a pioneer homestead made of local pine. Visitors can tour the cabin, the smokehouse, the chicken coop, the corncrib, they syrup shed, and the pig pen. This will give you an idea of what life was like in the old days of the Okefenokee Swamp.
Picnicking: Covered picnic tables provide visitors with a chance to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch or snack.
Photography: The Okefenokee Swamp and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a popular site for shutter bugs. Be sure to bring along your camera! You'll find Joel Bitonio 4XL Jersey dozens of great shots.
Cypress Cove Annex: This is a great place for meetings, family reunions, receptions, and dinners. The climate controlled facility has seating for 220, along with a large kitchen, an ice machine, and outdoor grills. If you'd like, the Okefenokee will even cater your event!
The swamp animals that reside in the Okefenokee Swamp and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge include some 400 species. Most of the species are protected. Some hunting is allowed in order to maintain healthy populations of certain swamp animals. These include deer, wild boar, wild turkey, and small game like squirrels and rabbits.
The largest swamp animals in the Okefenokee are the black bears at least as far as mammals are concerned. A full grown bear can weigh almost 400 pounds and stand six feet tall on its hind legs. They're omnivorous and are opportunistic feeders, eating berries, nuts, insects, roots, frogs, fish, and turtle eggs. The Okefenokee has about 500 bears.
One of the most popular Okefenokee Swamp animals is the whitetail deer. They can be seen in many areas, especially on the grass prairies. They're very shy creatures, however, so you might catch only a glimpse of a fleeing doe or buck. The best times to see deer are early in the morning and near dusk.
Wild pigs also reside in the Okefenokee. Most of these are actually "feral pigs" the descendents of animals that were once domesticated. The hogs adapted quickly to the various environments in the swamp, and they survive on roots, acorns, snakes, eggs, and just about anything else they can find.
Other mammal species in the swamp are foxes, bobcats, beavers, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, mice, voles, rats, armadillos, and moles. There have also been numerous sightings of Florida panthers.
Another favorite among the swamp animals is the otter. These aquatic mammals can often be seen playing and swimming in the numerous waterways of the Okefenokee.
The swamp also has a large population of alligators, much to the delight of visitors. When hatched, the average gator is only about six inches long, but they grow quickly, at the rate of about a foot a year for the first seven years. After that, they grow more slowly. A full grown American alligator can reach lengths of up to fifteen feet and weigh over 700 pounds.
Snakes are another component of the swamp, and Okefenokee has over thirty species. One of the largest and most venomous is the cottonmouth. This is a pit viper that uses its fangs to inject venom into its prey. Other snake species include the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Eastern hognosed snake, the gray rat snake, the Eastern coral snake, the king snake, the copperhead, the ringneck snake, the Florida water snake, the queen snake, the black racer, the milk snake, the corn snake, the garter snake, and more.
Amphibians found in the Okefenokee include salamanders, frogs, and toads. The swamp is also home to box turtles, gopher tortoises, painted turtles, sliders, Florida softshell turtles, cooter turtles, snapping turtles, and huge alligator snapping turtles. Lizard species include the five line skink, the green anole, and the Eastern fence lizard.
The Okefenokee National Wildlife www.brownsnflofficialonline.com/Joel_Bitonio_Jersey_Browns Refuge is a haven for birds and for bird watchers. At different times of the year, different bird species can be viewed. These include waterfowl and wading birds like mallard ducks, wood ducks, blue winged teals, black ducks, mergansers, buffleheads, wood storks, white ibis, sandhill cranes, anhingas, gallinules, Great Blue herons, bitterns, and egrets. Other avian species that might be seen are wild turkeys, red tailed hawks, woodpeckers, turkey vultures, kingfishers, warblers, wrens, bobwhite quail, woodcock, cardinals, redwing blackbirds, blue jays, owls, and more over 200 species in all.
The Okefenokee is a paradise for those interested in botany. In fact, over 600 plant species can be found. Some of the most interesting plants in the swamp include carnivorous ones like pitcher plants, sun dews, fly catchers, and bladderworts.
Giant cypress trees over 400 years old tower 120 feet above the swamp. Other trees in the Okefenokee include black gum, sweet bay, scrub oak, holly, and pine.
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Another game, another win. Always difficult when a team sets out to frustrate you but we stuck to the task at hand and got the 3 points. Great credit to Nicklas Bendtner who looks hungry and full of confidence. Wishing him a speedy.
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Eli Manning looks to rebound from some rough starts with a recharged arm after the Giants' bye week.
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BRENNAN'S BUZZ: The Packers have been doing it with mirrors the past few weeks as injuries to key players have mounted on both sides of the ball. Key among the injured are Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson on defense and Greg Jennings and RT Bryan Bulaga on offense. Somehow, however, the Packers have continued to post Ws, five in a row in fact. But four of those five victims (Rams, Jaguars, Cardinals and Lions) don't come close in the talent pool to what the Giants can trot out there Sunday night. Yes, the Giants were limping into their bye week with back to back losses and yes, Eli Manning has not been himself of late he has one TD pass in his last 99 attempts but the Packers' lack of star power on defense could go a long way toward rectifying the Giants' offensive ills. Despite Green Bay having won the last four times it has come east to play the Giants, I think their bend but don't break defense finally breaks here and Eli's three game drought without a TD pass comes to an end.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Giants and over
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse for the Chiefs after losing seven straight games and seeing a plane carry a sign over Arrowhead Stadium calling for the firing of GM Scott Pioli, well, here come Peyton Manning and the Broncos, winners of five straight and starting to run away in the AFC West. At least the Chiefs are at home, you say. is 0 5 at home and has been outscored 140 72. Then there's the fact that Manning has thrown for more touchdown passes in November (seven) than the Chiefs' QB duo of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn has combined for all season (six). The Chiefs' seven game losing streak is two short of the franchise record set in 1987 and matched in 2007. After Sunday they will be one loss closer to matching it again.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Broncos and over www.ramsauthenticofficial.com/Greg_Robinson_Jersey_Rams
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: No Ben Roethlisberger? No Byron Leftwich? No problem. For the first time since last Christmas Eve, there will be a Charlie Batch sighting in an NFL game. Batch, who is 5 2 lifetime as a fill in for Big Ben, won Aaron Donald XL Jersey that game last December against the Rams, so facing the Browns won't be all that much of a stretch. Why do you disparage the Browns so, you say? There are many reasons, but the two that stick out the most are the fact that the Brownies have won three of their last 20 games that's a robust .150 winning percentage and they have a history of futility against the Steelers no matter who is playing quarterback. The Browns have beaten the Steelers just once since the 2003 season and are just 3 22 since 2000.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Steelers and the under
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: One thing not hot on Christmas shopping lists this season? The Darren McFadden action figure. It seems even with batteries the damn thing does nothing, just as he and the Raiders offense do on a regular basis. McFadden has only been an occasional contributor for the Raiders this season in between ankle injuries. He might be in this week, might not. Will it matter? Absolutely not. The Bengals seem to be peaking at the right time and go into Sunday just one game out of a wild card spot and with back to back wins over the Giants (impressive) and the Chiefs (a gimme), I can't see the bumbling Raiders getting in the way of Cincy's postseason chase. The Raiders' defense has allowed 37 TDs this season. None of the Raiders defensive action figures are selling well, either. Now that's some cruise ship quality entertainment. And as bad as these two offensive lines are, it's a small miracle that Sam Bradford is still able to eat solid food. Bradford has been sacked 26 times this season and harassed countless other times. On the other side of the ball, rookie Ryan Lindley will start at QB for the Cardinals, who have lost six straight. The Rams offense is bad, but the Cards have not scored more than 19 points since Week 4. Pass the Mylanta.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Rams and the under
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: Buffalo is coming off its first prime time win since 2001, breaking a streak of 10 straight such losses. So clearly the Bills are the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Sadly for Buffalo fans, they probably won't be very good Sunday Afternoon Players in Indy, either. The Colts have something to play for, an improbable playoff spot as they come into the game 6 4. The Bills have no such postseason dreams again as their streak of not reaching the playoffs since 1999 will continue for another season. The Colts have hit a soft patch in their schedule and having won six of the last seven vs. Buffalo, they'll make it seven of eight Sunday.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Colts and the under
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: The Titans defense had a good thing going, notoriety was there for the making. Through the first nine weeks of the season the Titans defense was on pace to set a whole new record for futility and then screwed it up by limiting the Dolphins to just three points just before their bye. Now they have little to play for, but the Jags have even less. They took their shot at the season's most improbable upset last week but blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead and lost to Houston in OT. The Jags are 0 5 at home and have lost by an average of almost 22 points. Jaguars football: Catch the fever!
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Titans and the under
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: It's really hard to get excited about a Dolphins team that was embarrassed by the Titans and totally outplayed by the Bills in its last two games. But we also present the Seahawks, who are a far more formidable outfit at home, as is their rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who has thrown all eight of his interceptions on the road. But so long as the Seahawks offensive line can keep Miami's Cameron Wake (9.5 sacks) from turning Wilson into his personal chew toy, Marshawn Lynch's pounding runs should be enough to give the Seahawks a rare road win. So it has that going for it. If it means anything to you, expect the Panthers' ground game with Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton to emerge from this drek with a win.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Panthers and the under
BRENNAN'S BUZZ: In a quirk of the schedule, the Ravens find themselves playing the hated Steelers twice in three weeks with this Chargers game tucked in between. Now there is every reason to expect a Ravens letdown after their three point win in Pittsburgh last week and flying cross country to play a mediocre at best Chargers team could prove to be the ultimate trap game. Not sure if the Chargers, at 4 6, are desperate or desperately want their season over. They are not likely to rebound from here for a playoff spot (there are three teams currently ahead of them for the wild card) and with Philip Rivers throwing almost as many picks (14) as TDs (17), maybe the Bolts have just run out of juice.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Ravens and the under
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Vegas picks and preview of week 5
Showing any signs of fight is something that could have benefited college football's underdogs during last week's slate of games. Favorites clubbed their inferiors with uppercuts, going 55 2 straight up and 36 21 against the chi flat iron spread during Week 4.
Memphis' 31 7 win over Arkansas State as 3.5 point underdogs and Utah's 20 13 upset as 7 point underdogs at BYU were the only victories from teams taking points in Las Vegas.
For the sake of underdog bettors, and many of our picks below, let's hope for a bounce back in a week that features a far more intriguing slate of games. The blog is imitating the effect of a new offensive coordinator arriving in town by switching up the format.
For the rest of the college football season, we'll analyze 10 of the best games of the week from a Las Vegas perspective and offer a pick.
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No. 6 LSU plus 3 at No. 9 Georgia, 12:30, CBS The chances of this line moving before kickoff seem about as likely as the Bulldogs staff suddenly deciding to chop down the hedges at Sanford Stadium. Big money feasted on LSU plus 3.5 at the few books where it was available in town earlier in the week. A move to Georgia minus 2.5 would be met with the same reaction.
There's a convenient narrative here in LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger returning to where he grew up his mother works in the Georgia athletic department and started his college career. Mettenberger has been one of the most efficient passers in college football through four games. But make no mistake: Georgia has the better senior quarterback, Aaron Murray, and superior offense. LSU holds a comparable edge on defense.
Seven combined games for these two teams have all gone over the total to push this over/under to 62.5, the highest in series history by 13 points.
Pick: Under 62.5 We'll normally stick to sides as promised, but this line is just right while the total is a bit inflated.
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No. 14 Oklahoma minus 3.5 at No. 22 Notre Dame, 12:30, NBC More than a handful of gamblers are either going to back Notre Dame or shy from Oklahoma today based on what happened in this matchup last year. In one of the most shocking results of the season, Notre Dame eradicated Oklahoma 30 13 on the road as 10.5 point underdogs.
Is the effect of last year's game on the betting market justifiable? Not at all. For starters, a look back reveals the meeting was much closer than the score indicated. Oklahoma had more first downs than Notre Dame, and just 24 fewer yards. The Sooners appear liberated playing with fewer expectations this season, especially now that coach Bob Stoops has come to his senses and made Blake Bell their starting quarterback.
Aside from a season ending trip to Oklahoma State, this projects as the toughest game on Oklahoma's schedule. Its 30 to 1 odds to win the national championship, which have remained unchanged for months at the LVH Superbook, even look intriguing considering it's a number due to drop with a victory in South Bend, Ind.
Pick: Oklahoma minus 3.5 Laying the hook is always a cause for concern, but oddsmakers haven't caught up to this Sooners team yet.
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No. 8 Florida State minus 23.5 at Boston College, 12:30, ABC The nation has yet to break out of its honeymoon phase with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The freshman is now only an underdog to Texas A Johnny Manziel, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater to win the Heisman Trophy at offshore sports books.
The love could get another boost with Winston making his national television debut against a hapless squad that chi hair straighteners couldn't even defeat lower level Villanova earlier this season. The line has moved as much as 1.5 points in Florida State's favor.
As dazzling as Winston's first game on the road was at Pittsburgh, the Panthers' defense is even more pitiful than the Eagles'. Often times the best moment to go against a team is when the public can't possibly fathom it.
Pick: Boston College plus 23.5 Take a deep breath and know you're getting the best of the number.
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No. 21 Mississippi plus 14 at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30, ESPN For all bookmakers' groans about elite teams covering at exorbitant rates this season, they've gotten a reprieve of sorts with the best program in the country. The Crimson Tide are just 1 2 against the spread, not covering since a season chi hair tools opening 35 10 smash session over Virginia Tech as 21.5 point favorites.
They find themselves in another tough spot here. The Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they've covered in their last four trips, off of a bye week. They've been one of the best teams in the country to bet on at 12 4 against the spread since coach Hugh Freeze took over last season. Alabama might come out with extra focus, however, after coach Nick Saban expressed disappointment in his team's 31 6 victory over Colorado State as 40 point favorites last week.
Line shopping is paramount here. As recently as Friday morning, both Alabama minus 14 and Ole Miss plus 16 were available at different sports books around town.