The boat ride was beautiful with partly cloudy skies and it looked like we'd be ok, and we were, it didn't rain, but boy was it windy! Cumberland is the largest of Georgia's Barrier Islands, is mostly owned by the state and the number of visitors is strictly controlled. I hope it never changes with its lush marshes, maritime forests, huge live oaks and wild horses and turkeys.
We only had the afternoon there, but Mac got to hunt for fossilized shark's teeth and I did an oil painting which I need to finish now, so it was a good day.
Dinner that night was at Captain Seagel's located on the waterfront and the food was excellent, particularly Mac's, he had Flounder Florentine done with Feta cheese and spinach. The restaurant is part of a hotel and has been run by the same family since the 1920's. It was cozy and was a perfect spot to watch the sunset.
The next morning we wondered around St. Marys, one of my absolute favorite places. St. Marys is the second oldest continually inhabited city in America being just slightly younger that St. Augustine in Florida. We've visited numerous seaside communities, Tybee Island, St. Simons, Jekyll, Hilton Head etc, but St. Marys is different, there is something very special about it. I enjoy the other places we visit, but each time we go to St. Marys I always turn to Mac and say, "I could live here." , and he agrees. So I go home and search real estate listings.
That morning St. Marys was decorated, as they do every year at this time, with its Scarecrows and looked very "harvesty". I love the old southern style homes, and though I wouldn't want one as big, they are gorgeous. Many have been turned into B & Bs.
|Ruins of the Carnegie Mansion|
|Garden at Emma's|
|Looking From Fishing Pier Back to City Park|