Rockin' on RobinLeigh

The High Seas adventures of the sailing vessel RobinLeigh

28 February 2011 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera
21 February 2011
17 February 2011 | White Cay Anchorage - Berry Islands
09 February 2011 | Bimini to Berry Islands
03 February 2011 | Bimini - Bahamas
01 February 2011 | No Name harbor Key Biscayne
26 January 2011 | Ft Lauderdale, FL
17 January 2011 | Ft Lauderdale
07 January 2011 | Jacksonville, FL
03 December 2010
30 November 2010 | Cumberland Island, GA
22 November 2010
20 November 2010 | Cape Lookout
17 November 2010 | Severn River Marina, Hayes VA
30 April 2009 | Hayes, Virginia
15 June 2008 | Florida
01 June 2008 | Severn River Marina - Hayes VA
09 May 2008 | Severn River Marina - Hayes, VA
04 May 2008 | The Chesapeake Bay
30 April 2008 | Georgetown, SC

Cumberland Island National Sea shore

30 November 2010 | Cumberland Island, GA
We arrived at Cumberland Island on the morning of November 28th after an overnight passage from Charleston (165 nm). Since it was my birthday, I chose to be lazy all day - I caught up on my sleep, ate birthday cake (Charles baked it), and played with my new Birthday present.

Robins BD gift

We took the dingy ashore Monday morning for a day of exploring. It was overcast but warmer than normal so it was a perfect day to hike. We landed the dingy at the Sea Camp dock and paid our park admission fee before heading south on the River trail to the Ice Dock and then the Dungeness Ruins site.

our hiking route

Along the way we spotted a narrow trail off the main one and followed it off a few dozen yards. We were rewarded with an 'up close' encounter with a harem of wild horses. They were drinking water from a mad-made trough and seemed very tolerant of us being there. I snapped some photos and a short video.

harem of horses

The museum at the Ice House dock had great photos of the Dungeness house during it's prime. Built by the Carnegies in the 1880s, it was and still is an impressive site. The site was largely abandoned in the 1920s and burned down in 1959.

The Carnegie house - late 1800s

Aside from the wild horses we encountered on our way to the ruins, the other creatures that appear in large quantity on the island are Armadillos and wild Turkeys. I had never seen an Armadillo up close (not alive any way) and found them to be really cute.

armadillo with an attitude

We were eager to see the long beach on the other side of the marshes and dunes so we followed a boardwalk out into the marshes. We saw the sign pointing to the beach but decided instead to follow some of the horse trails in the other direction - this led to a rather LONG hike to the water. Note: horses do not travel in a straight line.

We arrived at the beach a little after low tide and enjoyed watching the surf and the seagulls as we walked north to the Sea Camp Beach access point. Along the way we saw the carcass of a sea turtle, it must have died during the turtle nesting period earlier this summer.

Charles chasing the seagulls

On the trail back to the the West side of the island we walked through a forest of ancient live oaks. The size of the trees and the spanish moss hanging everywhere made for a delightful walk.

Robin in a very old live oak tree

It was a wonderful visit and we hope to return here in the spring to do more exploring.
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Next stop - St Marys, Georgia - 7 miles up the river.

Comments
Vessel Name: RobinLeigh
Vessel Make/Model: Trintella 49A
Hailing Port: Destin, Florida - Currently headed for the Bahamas
Crew: Charles and Robin
About: Mostly full time cruising since 1998, we've traveled over 60,000 sea miles and are still looking for the perfect anchorage...
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“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [...]
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Who: Charles and Robin
Port: Destin, Florida - Currently headed for the Bahamas

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