Day 3 of our journey on America’s Great Loop was pretty much all we ever hope for… We woke up early to catch sunrise in Cumberland Island National Seashore and it was special getting there before the majority of the tourists. Since its an island, the only way to the island is by boat and the first ferry from St. Marys Georgia doesn’t arrive until quite a bit after sunrise.
The only way to get to Cumberland Island earlier would be to camp in one of the limited camp spots overnight. Their facilities were great so it is definitely possible Jenn and I will be back one day for camping! It was special though, we ran across a few deer in the trails and even a herd of wild horses were grazing literally inches from the trail.
After our morning hike with Ollie we trekked back to the boat, pulled our anchor and set off for the day! We had to backtrack a bit to get to the main channel in the ICW and we made sure to keep an eye out for submarines as there is a big naval base just off from there. The cruise to Jekyll Island was aptly timed for the tides and it was smooth “sailing” as they say.
Our anchorage in Jekyll was right across from Sharktooth beach and this reminded us of what we love about traveling. You never know what you will get when you set off but its always beyond your imagination. It wasn’t all rainbows and roses though, the no-see-ums (tiny pinching mosquitos) had just hatched for the season and were terrorizing the Pivot crew. We ate dinner inside and concluded a fantastic day on the loop!