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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Better than we had ever imagined!

I am a little out of order here and it is really causing my OCD to flare up. Grrr. This post is out of order! Oh well, until I figure out that functionality of Blogger, it will just have to stay out of order. During our week on Jekyll, we took the boat down to Cumberland Island... a longtime unchecked check on our Bucket List. There is only one way on and off the island and that involves a floating vessel - which we now have access to! Yay! So we thought we were something taking our own boat down there and not having to take the totally bourgeois public ferry. The trip down from Jekyll was a lot longer than we thought it would be, but it was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Once we got to the island, we tied up at the dock and made friends with a park ranger. In case you don't know much about this little gem of an island, it is the southernmost of all the Golden Isles and is unpopulated by people (except for the rangers). This is where JFK, Jr. and his bride, Carolyn Bessette, were married in the old First African Baptist Church. Originally part of a royal land grant, General James Oglethorpe first built here - a hunting lodge he called Dungeness. Revolutionary War Hero Nathaniel Greene owned Dungeness next and, finally, the Carnegie family made Cumberland their own family compound and built magnificent homes here - rebuilding Dungeness, and building Plum Orchard, Stafford Plantation, and Greyfield. Wild horses are abundant here (and so are skeeters, so bring plenty of OFF!), and the hauntingly natural beauty of this place is truly unmatched. We had so much fun exploring. We definitely want to go back, but next time we think a fall or winter visit will allow for a much more comfortable experience. It was HOT!

The boat ride down to Cumberland.

Silly girl.

The ruins at Dungeness.

Found our wild horses!

Such a neat experience for all of us.


Caroline piloted us home.
 "There is little success where there is little laughter." ~ Thomas Carnegie

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