The Dismal Swamp

8 Jul

Bushranger is sitting at the Dismal Swamp…and it was a very interesting trip getting here.

It started almost as soon as we pulled out of the Shell Station (remember, we spent the night tied up at a marina that doubles as a gas station). I think the river gods felt that we hadn’t paid our dues recently, so they decided to shake us up a bit…and things were flying! I had neglected to pack our pantry properly, and peanut butter and jam decided to take an unexpected flight into the onion basket.


On top of that, we were forced to play our least-favorite game, dodge-the-crabpot!


What is with all the crabpots! At times it felt as if Bushranger was dancing through a minefield of those pesky pots!

We finally emerged from all that rockin’ and rollin’ and entered a beautiful place – the Dismal Swamp.


Now, don’t be put off by the name – it’s really a gorgeous place. The air is filled with life – the scents of flowers and pine needles, the sounds of cicadas and frogs, and of course, the buzzing of flies/mosquitos. The water itself is fascinating. It’s the color of chocolate!


They say there’s a lot of tannin in the water (don’t ask me what ‘tannin’ is or how it bubbles into imitation hot chocolate (and REALLY don’t tell me if tannin is a bad thing for plumbing on boats – I don’t want to know)).


Anyway, tonight is our last night in North Carolina – come on Virginia!

4 Responses to “The Dismal Swamp”

  1. Chris July 8, 2015 at 22:33 #

    If I remember correctly from some science classes long, long ago… tannins are caused by the decomposition of plants. Maybe you’d better watch out for logs! Dennis says tannins come from things like oak leaves.

    • MrsBushranger July 9, 2015 at 06:50 #

      …and, you’re right, there were logs and branches everywhere!…

  2. Chris July 8, 2015 at 22:45 #

    I just checked your map. How the heck are you driving up Hwy 17? Keep on that route, and you’re going to end up near our old house!

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