The St. Mary’s Winter Ride

For the past few years the BRAG biking group has journeyed to St. Mary’s, Georgia, located at the southeastern tip of Georgia across the bay from Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This is a beautiful coastal village that is a great place to bike in February.  This is also the home for a naval base and a harbor from which the ferries depart to Cumberland Island and Fernandina Beach.

Our first day in St. Mary’s we did a ride that took us down to the harbor and around the town and along the marshes.


We rode to the entrance gate of the Naval Base where there is a replica submarine which gave us a great photo opportunity.

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Day 2 we drove to the harbor and waited to board the ferry to Cumberland Island.  This island is about a 45 minute ferry ride from St. Mary’s and the only way to reach it is by boat.  It is an extremely pristine island as you will see.  2015-02-19 12.07.51   2015-02-19 12.34.05

There are the remains of the Carnegie mansion that was built in 1929 and destroyed by fire in 1959.  Spooky!!  but beautiful.

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After walking a little further we came to the boardwalk that runs along the edge of the marsh area.  It appears that these are clam fields but probably just a plant of some sort.

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Then there is the monumental trees that stand guard in all weather.

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And then we arrived at the most beautiful beach.  There is nothing on this beach except what the waves wash up.  It is clean and incredible.

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Today there were a lot of hermit crabs wash up and some shells.  Here is what we founds.

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On the left is an intact hermit crab with the long tail.  Jenny found the vertebrate of a ???

We took the picture to the range and she said that it must be the bones of the porpoise that washed up on the beach about 3 weeks ago.  Cool.  The team of “Bones and Bras” strike pay dirt again.

After traversing the beach for about a 1.5 miles we headed inland to the forest.  Here we found these really amazing looking oak trees growing in incredible shapes.

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From here we strolled back to the ranger station and the dock to catch the ferry back to St. Mary’s.  The last time I walked down this path 3 wild horses came out of nowhere and were running directly toward me.  I decided that they had the right-away.  There are some 150 horses living on the island and they are fully self-sufficient.


This island is always a joy to visit.  It’s a wonderful get-away from the complexities of our world.

Day 3 and 4 continued in the next post. Travel to Fernandina Beach and Okefenokee Swamp.

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One Response to The St. Mary’s Winter Ride

  1. Karen says:

    Mikey – that’s a HORSESHOE crab, not a hermit crab. I think hermit crabs are the ones that crawl inside vacant sea shells and make their homes there.

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