Cumberland Island

Mother’s Day weekend we finally were able to make another camping trip with our dear friends the Heidels. Fletcher brought along his best buddy, Benjamin, to even out the boy/girls count.

We camped at Crooked River State Park in St. Mary’s, Georgia in a campsite that backed up to the river and was within shouting distance of the playground. There was plenty of room for the kids to run, and Friday evening we were able to see an armadillo run though camp (the first wild, living armadillo I have ever seen!!) and watch dolphins playing in the river at sunset. Not bad at all.

Saturday morning we boarded a ferry and spent the day on Cumberland Island. It was a truly magical place. The ferry ride took about 45 minutes, and at one point we saw a pod of dolphins following the boat and playing in the wake. They were jumping and diving it was so incredible to watch! Shortly after that we came to Cumberland and saw wild horses grazing near the first ferry stop. Sadly, they were the only horses we saw that day (unlike our experience at Assateague where the horses were everywhere) but the island itself was so amazing it didn’t matter a bit. Somehow I wasn’t expecting the canopy of live oaks that greeted us as we walked across the island to the beach. It was like we had stepped into a movie. Just unreal. Next time, we plan to camp on Cumberland so we can spend more time and explore more of the island. As it was, we spent our few hours picnicking on the pristine beach and hunting for shells. Raymond found an enormous conch shell with a huge animal inside! (I guess it was a conch?) The kids were able to earn another Junior Ranger badge, and then we boarded the ferry for the ride home.

Saturday night it rained, so we headed home early on Sunday. It gets so hot down here we likely won’t be able to camp again until the fall, but I am ready!

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