Cumberland Island, Ga Report
(Cumberland Island, GA)


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Report By:  gbailey    Date: 12/8/2006 
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Paddle from St. Marys, GA to Sea Camp

My Report:

By Robert Keeler

On a blustery December 8th morning, seven FSKA paddlers (Franklin, Greg, Greg Smith, Tom, Mabel, John, and AJ) started out paddling from the beautifully Christmas decorated town of St. Marys in Georgia to the SeaCamp Dock on Cumberland Island for a weekend of camping. Five hours later they arrived with Franklin in the lead and AJ finishing.


The rest of the group opted instead to take the ferry for various reasons. The early arrivers (those who took the 9:00am ferry and showed up before the paddlers) immediately set up camp in the assigned South Group SeaCamp site. It felt as if winter was about to descend on the tiny little camp and so wood was gathered from everywhere available and soon a fire was going in case the paddlers arrived wet and cold.

The rest of Friday was spent lounging by those who had paddled and spent exploring by those that hadn't paddled. Franklin, Tom, and Greg paddled back that night to the St. Marys town launch. When they got back to the car the outside temperate was a blustery 28 degrees. That was Fahrenheit, not Celsius for any of you who might be reading from outside the USA. After a great fire, and quiet time eating, we all called it a night quite early (around 8 pm). Well we all survived Friday night's chill, most of us waking up a few times chilled, but with John and AJ on morning fire duty, within a few minutes we had a heat source. Oh, I forgot to mention John and Gloria cheated and used a propane tent heater.

The next day, Bill paddled over and joined the group. Greg Smith had spent the night on an individual site as he couldn't seem to find us the night before and moved into the group site Saturday. Kathy, Bob and Deborah took the 11:45 Ferry on Saturday and toured the island with a few of the group. Robert, Kerri, John, Gloria and AJ set out early to walk the beach to Dungeness. AJ was a fun addition to the group and added some really clean and funny jokes to our evening campfires.. Bruce's girlfriend, Sherry was also a great addition to the group and we hope she joins our club.

Everyone had fun, lots of fun. There was even some entertainment and comedy provided. And lots of horses had been seen in not so normal places, like at the SeaCamp ranger station, and our SeaCamp beach trail. And of course we saw many horses around the Icehouse as usual. We all witnessed the night launch of the Space Shuttle. It was a clear bright glow in the Eastern sky that headed from the South to the North East. Although the distance was great, the sight was something to behold.

Sunday morning we were all up early and packing to leave. We were all a bit sad to leave the beautiful island that had become our home for the past couple of days. Paddling conditions were much better for the returning group, as they arrived only about thirty minutes into St. Marys after the ferry carrying the bulk of us returned. All of us on the ferry wished of course that we could have paddled back to St. Marys instead of taking the ferry as the conditions had clearly improved.

As always returning from this trip, we all came back much richer than when we departed, for all the memories of such a wonderful weekend, spent in such a special place, will be with us forever.

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a blustery day

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a warming campfire

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on the beach at Sea Camp

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incredible sunsets

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docile whitetails

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a walk along the boardwalk

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a walk along the beach

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his sanddune?

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easy push carts for gear shuttle

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view from the stern of the Ferry (our of Saint Marys, GA)



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Special InterestsSt. Marys, GA



Post Date: 3/1/2009

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