St. Marys–Ferry to Cumberland Island. A beautiful walk on the beach.

The day I had waited for was here.  The day we go to Cumberland Island, one of the most beautiful natural places I’ve seen.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a ferry ticket cause they were all sold out.  I went to the ticket counter with Jerry, who inquired about extra tickets.  The agent explained that the limit was not the number of people on the ferry but the number of people on the island.  It was limited to only 300 including the few campers that stayed over night.  No one lived on the island except for a ranger.  The Forest Service sought to preserve this place in its natural form without the interference of man.

So I started to feel a little down as I would not make the journey with the rest of the folks.  But then Jerry came up to me and said “I just had two people cancel.  You are on the boat.”  Yeah.  While I was waiting for the ferry to board I took a few camera shots in the harbor.  First was a dorsal fin cutting through the water.

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Turned out to be a dolphin and not a shark.  The next picture I took is below:

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This is not an illusion.  It is a pier perfectly reflected in the water to give the appearance that it is floating in space.  See the reeds along the bottom border of the picture.  There was also a lite fog that blocked out the surrounding area.  Cool!

Soon I was boarding and waving goodbye to Georgie and Quincy, who stood on the boardwalk.  The ferry pulled away.  We were headed for Cumberland Island.

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The ferry ride was about 45 minutes to the Island.  The motor churned up the waters and made waves in the calm sea.

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About halfway through the trip we saw a flock of white pelicans that had migrated from Canada.  The captain said they come here every year to get away from the cold and eat the oysters.  I knew this was true because I saw the same pelicans two years ago when I did this ferry ride.

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Soon we arrived at the arrival dock.

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I disembarked and after the ranger gave a quick briefing, a fellow traveler, Bob, and I headed down the trail to discover the beauty that awaited on this island.

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To Be Continued.

 

 

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