Land of the Trembling Earth

There are words or phrases that are fun saying not because of what they mean but because of the way they sound. Some good examples would be:

Hoity Toity…..Honky Tonk…..Bubblicious…..Mississippi…..Humpty Dumpty…..Okefenokee

The word “Okefenokee” comes from the Indian word meaning “Land of Trembling Earth” or a literal translation from the Hitchiti Creek language of “Waters Shaking”.  Many believe the name was chosen to describe the fact that you can be walking on what you think is dry land and when you jump up and down it can be felt many feet away since the land is actually floating.

If you are like me…I thought the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge was located in Florida. Instead we found out virtually all of the 700 square miles of park is in southeast Georgia.

At some point in the past it was part of the ocean but as the water receded this area was left as a natural basin that feeds the Suwannee and Saint Mary’s rivers. The entire swamp is feed only by rain water.  We learned that the waters are almost at a record low due to near-drought conditions and the boat tour we took was continually hitting the bottom and getting the propeller tangled up in weeds which was a little disconcerting since we were a long way from civilization.


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