Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Crooked River State Park/Cumberland Island

Thursday November 21st, time to move on down the road. It was cloudy and cool this morning when we took off. After dumping and checking our route we hit the road around 9:30. It wasn't a bad drive after we got out of Savannah.
We arrived at Crooked River around  12:30 and the office was out to lunch. We made reservations so we knew we had a spot but when reserving a spot you can't pick the one you want. Jeff decided to drive and find a site with no tag. He had printed a map out and also had talked to a couple people who told him which sites would work best for big rigs.
We choose site #49 and backed her in. Didn't have any problems but before setting up Jeff rode his bike up to check in. Good news the site is ours. We got busy unhooking and setting up. We both liked the park as soon as we rolled in. So many tall pine trees and the sites are large and private. Only gonna be here for 3 nights so after setting up we took a walk to check it out further.

Friday looked to be the pick day so we decided to pack up some things and drive into St. Mary's, from there we purchased tickets on the ferry to Cumberland Island. The weather was great...the sky was blue, the sun was shining and the temperature was in the high 70's. On the way over we spotted some dolphins which is always a good thing. Who doesn't love watching them? We met some nice people while waiting to get on the boat and visited with them on the way over. We unloaded and first looked in the ice house museum. Jeff did most of the looking in there as I was checking out this huge live oak outside . We had a map and they had kind of given us an idea of were to go so we took off towards the ruins that is called Dungeness. It is a ruined mansion that is part of a historic district that was the home of several families significant in American history. We also saw the remains of a recreation area that included an indoor pool and slave quarters. There was a walking tour but I didn't really want to do it. They also had a cell phone tour that you could call at each stop and listen to a bit of history about that stop. We got most excited about maybe seeing the wild horses and we did see some, but from a distance.  I wish we could have seen them a little closer although we did see close up the proof that they were here. We also saw 6 or 7 wild turkeys. The path we took lead us through some huge live oaks  with the Spanish moss. I never get tired of looking at them. Next we went over some sand dunes to the beach. We walked up the beach to a marked spot. This is were we saw the coolest trees ever... They reminded us of the trees in the Wizard of Oz minus the flying monkeys. The branches were long and twisted. Some of the branches were low enough to sit on. We stopped here and had a snack while enjoying the views. We met up at the pick up spot. They even had some rocking chairs to sit in while waiting for the ride home. A nice bonus was the beautiful sunset we watched on the way back. What a nice end of the day.

Saturday was another warm one. We decided to get the dogs out for a walk since they spent most of the day inside. And since it's another nice day decided to get a few things done. Haircuts for Jeff & Belle and a run to the store to get some supplies, so we'll be set for the next week. Tomorrow we arrive in Florida and our reserved spots. We really liked this park and would definitely like to come back.