Friday night the three of us traveled to St. Marys, GA to spend the night at a B & B we had stayed in before called The Goodbread House. We decided to spend the night, because the ferry going over to Cumberland Island leaves the dock at 9:00 which meant we would have to leave our house around 5:45 to catch it.
I've wanted to go over to Cumberland Island ever since moving to south Georgia. So I called up, made reservations, and off we went.
You have to take all the supplies over you'll need, because there are no stores. We took everything we needed in a backpack. Of course, I had my camera bag with three different cameras. One had black and white film, one had color, and the other was digital.
The island has about 200 feral horses left over from Spanish settlers and previous owners. I was hoping to get some of them running on the beach or something equally dramatic, but it didn't happen.
We didn't get to see everything there, because we had to walk everywhere. My legs feel swollen from all the walking. So we concentrated on the southern tip. There were the ruins of a grand mansion from the gilded age build by Thomas Carnegie (brother to Andrew). Unfortunately it burned about the middle of the last century. There was a cemetery where Robert E. Lee's father, Gen. "Light Horse Harry" Henry Lee was buried. He died in the first mansion that was there; there have been two.
It was nice just walking on the beach. I'm looking forward to going to Fripp again in May.
The island is covered in live oak trees, palmettos, and spanish moss; very Southern. This was a great time of year to go. It's unbearable in the hot months-about April through November!