Exploring Sites Through a New Lens

It is not often that one can say, “Wow what a great trip!”  But that is exactly how this vacation started.  We went to Kingsland, GA (a major naval submarine base) to visit family.  It was wonderful family gathering.

We actually stayed in the seaside town nearby called St. Mary’s, GA.  It was here in this small coastal city that the television show, Royal Pains, http://www.usanetwork.com/royalpains was filmed.  They created the park area along the waterfront into a New Hampton community.  Also, in St. Mary’s  ” The Kindness Rock Project” flourishes.  If you have not heard of it please visit its website http://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com20170422_203401

St. Mary’s sits along the Cumberland River.  We stayed at this old fashion Bed and Breakfast, the Goodbread House (www.goodbreadhouse.com).  It is decorated with antiques and have charming names for their rooms.  We stayed in the Scarlett and Brett room. It is quite charming and Mardga, the proprietor, is a character herself.  There is a full breakfast in the morning and wine and sweets at night. We have stayed there before and have loved it.  It is like being home.  An additional plus for us is that they accept pets.

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On this trip, we decided to visit Cumberland Island http://cumberlandisland.com which is noted for its feral horses and John F. Kennedy Jr. wedding chapel.  We weren’t sure how my husband would do with a lot of walking after having a couple of ablations for his  irregular heart rate so we took the land and legacy tour.  After a 45 minute ferry ride, you are greeted by your guide that assigns you to a nine passenger vehicle. Up front, you are informed about the bumpy roads and the dense foliage until you reach the various destinations.  The guide promises that you we see lots of feral horses.

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Most of the island is owned and operated by the National Park Service but some of the island is still privately owned.  All together, the trip is about 8 hours.  We thoroughly enjoyed our guide.  He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the sites and of the island.  But if I was in charge of the tour,  I would give guest time to take the 20 min walk to the beach at the beginning or at the end near the “Dungeness” house (Lucy Carnegee’s fire destroyed home) where the van can pull up close to the beach line for those that want to walk out.  This is were most of the horses are and were you will see them in a unique setting.  At this time, there are several controversy about how the island should remain– a) should the private homes be bought out by the park services (even though some building Park owns are not maintained); b) should the present land owners be allowed to sub divide their properties and build more; or c) cut down on tourist and further development and remove the feral horses.

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We were very saddened by the horses.  Many people that I have met over my 3 trips to St. Mary went to Cumberland for the horses.  However, the island’s code is that all the animals are under the philosophy of self preservation.  No one cares for any of them.  However, we were informed that there are two hunting season to keep the deer and especially the wild boar population down.  Also, when the turtles are nesting, shields are placed around them to protect the eggs from the wild animals.  So why not drop some hay for the horses!!!!  Most of them were in poor shape but we did see a new born.

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As I stated earlier, the days were good, the people were friendly, our accommodations were great and our family gatherings were enjoyable.

So how could this vacation get any better.  but it did.  More later.  It is time to take my newly adopted dog, (Creole Poodle) Peanut for his afternoon walk.20170408_120215

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