10.26.2011

Cumberland Island: Maritime Hammocks

Sunday morning we got up bright and early for a day at Cumberland Island National Seashore, which is the southernmost island off the Georgia Coast. 
The island is only accessible by boat, so unless you have your own, you have to take a ferry out of the quaint and charming little town of St. Marys. 
The ferry you take from St. Marys to Cumberland.
It's $20 per person and the ferry leaves at 9am.
some views leaving St. Marys from the water
It was an absolutely perfect day full of sunshine and gorgeous weather.
One of the magical things about Cumberland Island are all of the wild horses that inhabit the island.
We were fortunate enough to see several on our trip.
Our first sighting was from the ferry before we even made it on the land.
As soon as you exit the ferry and begin walking, these are the kinds of views you are surrounded by.
I was in heaven, of course.
Something inside me just craves live oaks and Spanish moss.
We dressed in layers because it was cool in the morning, but got really warm in the afternoon.
We did a lot of taking off and putting on throughout the day.
There are over 50 miles of walking trails throughout the island.
You can rent bicycles and ride, which we plan on doing the next time we go back.
We saw more wild horses and even some wild turkeys.
I love this picture of the horses walking three in a row down an oak lined path.
Enormous live oaks draped in moss are everywhere you turn.
A maritime hammock or forest is an ocean coastal wooded habitat found on higher ground than dune areas.
Oaks and palms provided the perfect amount of sun and shade for an island hike.
I absolutely love this picture. It almost looks black and white.
Believe it or not, this girl is a little bit excited about the idea of camping here...in a tent! 
Y'all have no idea how excited my husband is about this!
To be continued...

7 comments:

  1. Wow!! I love the idea of wild horses roaming freely!!! Soo serene!! Sounds like you have had a great memorable trip, can't wiat to hear more!

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  2. Oh my goodness, all of these pictures are just BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to hear/see the rest!

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  3. That looks awesome! We just got a jogging stroller with some awesome all-terrain tires for Wyatt so that might be a great weekend trip for us. Maybe in the spring when it starts to warm up again. Glad you had fun. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  4. I LOVE Cumberland Island! We went here on a field trip when I was in school. If I remember correctly there was an old (huge)home on the island somewhere. I was so fascinated with it. I would love to go back there someday. I definitely will have to rent the bikes too!

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  5. Wow! How beautiful. So glad you had a wonderful time (:

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  6. SO gorgeous!!! Another thing to add to my "go to" list. :)

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  7. amazing! I just love all the pictures! I think my favorite are of the wild horses that are able to roam free how sweet that is too see :)

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