Cumberland Island is a large barrier island off the coast of GA, about a day's sail north of the Florida border. I wasn't planning on stopping there, but as I was cruising up Cumberland Sound, the current was so strong against me that I decided to pull in to wait for the turn of the tide.
The National Park Service maintains a small dock for visiting cruisers. You can tie up for the day, but not overnight.
|At the NPS dock|
Jane's eyes examined the Blue Moon carefully as she told me of sailing into this long, narrow bay, back before there was a dock or 'so many people'. In fact, she was on the island to show her grandchildren some of her favorite places, this time by land.
"Buying that sailboat was the best thing we ever did," she said.
The dock gives you access to hiking trails which lead all over the island. I decided to walk across the island to the beach.
The trail leads through a grove of live oaks. These are the stately trees you see in southern movies, with the moss dripping off them. There the same trees that drew Revolutionary War hero Nathanial Greene to the island, to harvest them for ship building. The famous ship, "Old Ironsides", was built from Cumberland Island oak.
|Path through live oak grove|
|Cumberland Island Dunes|
|Shark-infested waters of Cumberland Island Beach|
I whiled away so much time on the island that I spent the night anchored a bit further up the bay, where there was slightly more protection from the winds. Then it was time to move north, again.
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