Friday, June 29, 2012

Favorites Friday--Cumberland Island National Seashore

On Wednesday I posted a pic that is one of my favorites. I took it at Cumberland Island National Seashore in October 2010. We were on our way to Florida for a training for Mikie's work. Maggie's birthday happened to fall on Saturday as we were traveling. She had asked to see wild horses on the beach and it was on our way.

We left on Friday right after school and drove to Brunswick, Georgia. We spent the night there at Embassy Suites which is our favorite hotel chain to stay at. On Saturday morning, we woke early to drive on down to St. Mary's, Georgia to board the ferry that would take us to the island.

Once on the island we took the tour with the park ranger, had lunch and then went out on the beach. The tour with the park ranger was well worth our morning. She told about the Carnegie family who once owned the island, about the visitors to the island and how it became a National Park.

We waited too late in the afternoon to see the horses on the beach, but we witnessed a tiff at lunch. Okay, we were in the middle of the excitement, with a horse heading straight toward Mollie. I was busy filming and Mikie was trying to protect lunch, so the kids were on their own. One group came to "mark" their territory at the crossroads and another group wasn't happy with their presence. They turned and went right between us. Amazing doesn't describe it.

We spent the afternoon walking out to the beach, passing horses and deer on their way inland, came across rattlesnakes, tickled armadillos, collected awesome seashells, checked out dead horseshoe crabs and jelly fish and got a little wet.

The ferry leaves out at 4:45 each afternoon and if you're not on it you will be sleeping in the great outdoors with all of the fore-mentioned wildlife. We were back at the dock promptly at 4:00 we were taking no chances.

We had a great adventure and of all the other things we did that week, including SeaWorld and Walt Disney's Halloween Party, this was by far the best day of our trip. Maggie enjoyed a great birthday and we have all yearned to go back and camp sometime. We just haven't had time to go yet.

If you ever get a chance to visit you will not be disappointed with Cumberland Island National Seashore.


Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said...

That sounds like a such a fun place to visit! What an exciting adventure with the whole family :)

Hopping over from Sharefest (SITS)!

Jenny {Creatively Blooming} said...

This looks like such a fun trip. The Navy currently has us on the west coast, but I'm sure that we'll be back east at some point in the next few years. When we are, we'll have to check this out.

Visiting from SITS. Have a great weekend!

Caren with a "C" said...

Sounds like a great vacation! Exciting to see wild horses! I'll have to put that on our list for the East Coast.

mommyto4mjs said...

Thanks for visiting my blog gals. I hope you all get to visit Cumberland Island one of these days!