The Cumberland Island Horses :)

5 Dec

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother great day! We had a lazy start then I dragged David off on a long walk – perhaps a wee bit too long (8 miles!) but there were horses at the end of the rainbow! We walked trails as far north as possible and then onto the Stafford fields (that doubles as an air strip) and there found one of the bands of horses. As we walked away a small plane touched down on the airstrip! According to a Ranger we met, there are three bands on the island – one that hangs out at Stafford field, one (we saw yesterday) at the Dungeness ruins and the third at Dungeness dunes (I hope to see when we pass next time). Back onboard mid afternoon, we puttered the remainder of the day. Late afternoon we watched a Fisher 25’ come in to anchor – Ziggy from  Maine – the same Fisher we went through New York with!! That is one really neat thing about the ICW – boats you pass and then see again so often.

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While in Georgia we saw many places named “hammocks” and they seemed to be the head of a creek. In Florida, according to one Guide, an island covered with hardwoods in sawgrass are hammocks, if it is covered in mangrove or pine it is a key, if it is covered with willow or bay trees it is a head, if it is covered with cypress it is a dome, and if it is covered with houses it is a development (ha!).

Tomorrow, we set off for Florida – David read a great bit of advice in one of the Guides – “Traffic can be heavy, currents are strong, shoals are aplenty and move constantly. Markers also are moved in hot pursuit of the best water, but they seldom quite catch up…”

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