17 January 2020 | Willams Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
16 January 2020 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
15 January 2020 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
14 January 2020 | Big Majors, Staniel Cay, Bahamas
13 January 2020 | Big Majors, Exumas, Bahamas
08 January 2020 | Coral Harbour, Nassau, Bahamas
07 January 2020 | Cabbage Cay, Bahamas
06 January 2020 | Great Harbour Cay Marina, Bahamas
05 January 2020 | Great Harbour Cay Marina, Bahamas
04 January 2020 | Great Harbour Cay Inside Anchorage
03 January 2020 | Great Harbour Cay Anchorage, Bahamas
02 January 2020 | Great Harbor Cay Anchorage, Bahamas
01 January 2020 | Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas
31 December 2019 | Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas
30 December 2019 | Tavernier, FL
29 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
28 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
27 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
26 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
25 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
Exploring Cumberland Island
23 November 2019 | Cumberland Island, GA
With little on the agenda, we use our "off" day to dinghy up to shore and try to get a tour of the Carnegie estate, or better said, their summer home or Plum Orchard Mansion. Paul and Laurie have done this before but enjoyed it once again with us. The house is amazing with the hand stenciled burlap wallpaper, the Tiffany lampshades, the tongue and groove diagonal wood flooring and the many fireplaces. The showers really impressed me as back then they had the forethought for the large rain shower shower heads that have made such a comeback today. Our tour guide is an actual certified restoration electrician and enjoys talking about the use of wooden conduit and other things you just don't do in our day and age.
After our tour was completed we headed back to the boats to grab lunch and then planned to walk the width of the island to the ocean side. We are anxious to let Jaxon run the beach and stretch his little legs.
Not knowing the distance to the water, we estimate from the map legend that it is about three or maybe three and a half miles. The entire island is covered with live oaks with moss hanging from them as well as palms of all species. We know there are miniature horses as we saw one on our way up the river yesterday and now we see our first armadillo. Jaxon is sizing him up for attack but the armadillo scurries into another direction. Without too much complaint we make it to the beach and Jaxon is like a wild man. He is running to and fro.....chasing the waves.....just loving his time in the sand.
The trip home always seems shorter. Laurie and I have the lead and the boys lag behind but Jaxon is up front of us all (on leash). And then......nose to nose with an armadillo.....Laurie and I are frozen waiting to see what happens. I cannot get to my camera for fear of missing something important. And then........nothing! Absolutely nothing! The armadillo went again scurrying off to the woods and while Jaxon wanted to be in hot pursuit (for a least a nano second), he was tethered to me with his leash. He puts on a good look and act of being ferocious but he is quite the little "chicken".
We are now back at the boats having a "Caesar", Bloody Mary or Clamato with the fixings when Paul looks at Jaxons head and sees a little piece of dirt or something. Well the something turned into a tick. A small little black tick. But.....there were two, then three......six.....twelve......twenty....we think we pulled at least thirty during our little Happy Hour and then another ten later in the evening. The poor little tough (not so tough) guy was a trooper as we were inspecting and pulling ticks.
Tomorrow we will head to St. Mary's.....another new stop for us!