Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
35Trip End May 31, 2008
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Our passage north was an easy one. We traveled 3-5 miles offshore. We set the autopilot and watch for ships. Our trip north was only made "exciting" when we see a tug and barge zig zagging toward us and not responsive on the radio. We prepared to make our own evasive action, but the barge had other ideas and moved away from us. No issue. So by 5pm, we enter the St Mary's inlet.
We have a fond feeling for the St Mary's inlet
Today it was easy....we like easy.
So we head north a few miles and take a beautiful anchorage just of Cumberland Island in Georgia.
I lived in Georgia more than any other state. When I lived in Atlanta in the 70s and 80s going to Cumberland Island always looked interesting, but at that time there was a reservation system. In fact, reservations had to be made over 6 months ahead because the number of people allowed on the island was very limited. So it never happened. I never got there. Now things are easier and more people are let onto the island each day. Plus we are coming on our own vessel.
Cumberland Island is a 15 mile long barrier island off the coast of Georgia
The next morning we drop the dinghy and head into shore via the nearby ranger dock. The island is simply beautify and has a terrific feeling that only comes when you are in a place where man's influence is nearly impossible to see. There was a small ranger station, a dock and a well concealed campground.
We walk the short half mile over to the ocean beach and find he dunes untouched and the seashore pristine. We see only a few humans and a dozen or so wild horses. The govt lets the horses alone. They are not fed or cared for but have multiplied over the years since they were introduced here by early settlers. It was a great sight.
There was a time when the island was occupied. In the golden age of the industrial revolution, the Carnegie family built a mansion here. Its in ruins now as it was burned by hateful poaches in the 50s. Its easy to see why the super rich would want to be here. But now its just history. We move the dink over to another part of the island in the afternoon and get a walking tour by one of the rangers.
Seeing the wild horses with the territorial stallions was really interesting. By the end of the day, we were back on First Forty enjoying a BBQ at a terrific anchorage. It was a great day.