We had a rough crossing coming across St. Andrew Sound. The ICW takes you right out to the entrance from the Atlantic. There was a pretty good breeze out of the East, which meant some pretty good swells were coming in. The rest of the trip was uneventful – which is good. We are still lucking out with cooler temperatures and no rain.
Cumberland Island is one of those stops everyone should make on the ICW. I wrote about it back in May, and it was definitely worth another stop. Once again we saw quite a few wild horses. At one point we were walking down a trail, and came upon a herd of five horses coming towards us. These horse are very accustom to seeing people, but they are still “wild horses”. Paula and I, plus Annie (of course) backed about 100-feet down a side path to let the horses go by. Well, wouldn’t you know, that side path was exactly were the horses were headed. So, we tromped about 20-feet into the bush and waited as a stallion, his four mares and a fold slowly sauntered by. At least I remembered to bring my camera this time.
Next, up by the ruins of the Carnegie’s main mansion, we see a flock of about a dozen very large wild turkeys. Finally, we see two very very large racoons scampering way up into a large Oak tree. Quite the nature hike today.
That evening, as we’re sitting in the cockpit sipping our evening wine, here comes the flock of turkeys. They were flying – as best they could – high up into a tree at the waters edge right by us.