August 30, 2015

A Trip to Cumberland Island

Sea birds and a ship in the distance on the beach of Cumberland Island

On Fourth of July weekend Matt and I headed south toward Georgia's coastline to check out the town of St. Mary's and take a trip out to Cumberland Island. Even though it's very close to Florida, Cumberland Island is actually part of Georgia (though some people on the ferry with us had no idea about this despite the information being a Google search away.) The island is only accessible by ferry or private boat so we boarded the morning ferry, planning on wandering around most of the day.

There are only a couple people living on the island now so it's mostly uninhabited and is preserved national park land. The Carnegie family used to own most of it and there are various estates scattered around the island. The ruins of the Carnegie mansion, Dungeness - which burned down after being abandoned for many years - are close to the shoreline. Seeing parts of the old structure with the wild horses hanging around was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Though a lot of the wild horses looked like they could use a good meal.

The Cumberland Queen II dropping people off at Cumberland Island
Dungeness at Cumberland Island
In an archway near the ruins of Dungeness mansion
Ruins of the Carnegie Dungeness mansion on Cumberland Island

After looking at the ruins and wild horses, we hiked over to the beach side of the island through white sand dunes in the noontime sun. I was starting to get tired by this point but we ventured on! At least I wasn't carrying the backpack. We had nowhere to keep our stuff since we'd checked out of our hotel already, so Matt was carrying our laptops on his back - along with snacks and water - the entire time! Once we made it to the sea we enjoyed the slight breeze and moved up the shoreline to the next camp area, taking pictures and checking out the sea birds and other creatures along the way. 

After the beach we took a walk through some wooded areas near a campsite and ended up back where we were dropped off. A thunder storm started rolling in so we were glad we were slated for the next ferry back! We were so sweaty, dirty, sandy and gross by the time we got back to St. Mary's and our car, we had to stop at Walmart and get wet wipes for a wipe down before heading back to Atlanta. Classy.

Sand dunes on Cumberland Island
Horseshoe crab washed up on the beach
A sea bird on the coast of Cumberland Island, Georgia

I enjoy going on trips that give me opportunities to take pictures of things that aren't myself and my immediate surroundings. I don't often get to take pictures of sea birds, mansion ruins, or wild horses! We kind of just dropped everything and decided to take this trip last minute because Matt could do a site visit for work while we were there. We need to go on more semi-spontaneous weekend trips!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed perusing pictures that weren't an outfit. But if you were interested in the super casual outfit I wore here, the blue lace top is from Delia's, shorts are Forever 21, the purse is from Pepa Loves, and my sandals are from Shoe Carnival.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


Panty Buns said...

Your scenic photos from Cumberland Island are a treat to look at. The photos of the commercial fishing vessels, of the sea birds, of the Cumberland Queen II and of the Carnegie Dungeness mansion and grounds are all fabulous. The Carnegies must have been disgustingly wealthy - the opulence of the estate in its prime must have been astounding.
I love your blue lace top from Delia's!

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Imogen said...

I would love to go there, it looks amazing and so interesting! Love your blue top also.

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