Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our first walk on Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk.

It was just amazing. I am in love with this place. It is so peaceful. Just tranquil views any way I looked this morning. Here are some of the pictures and videos of what we saw today. Click on them for a better view.

A snag

Animal crossing.

Tom liked this spot where the tree grew around the banister.

The lush, green plant is called Alligator Flag

So calming.

Hurricane Irma damage

Panoramic photo - be sure to click on this one

Another panoramic -again, click to see better.
Here are some films of birds:

Little Blue Heron

A banded water snake

And of course, an alligator

The flowers were beautiful!

Friday, November 10, 2017

St. Marys, Georgia

We are in Georgia for 3 nights on our way to Florida for the winter. We decided to do a little exploring in the town of St. Marys today. It is a very picturesque and historic little town. The people we talked with were very friendly.

Our first stop was in front of the City of St. Marys Welcome Center. We went to explore an historic marker on the way to the center. The marker was to commemorate the Washington Pump and Oak tree. The tree (now just a stump) was one of 4, that along with this well were dedicated to George Washington at the time of his death.

Washington Pump and Oak, St. Marys, GA
We were pleased to see an additional maker next to the pump and oak honoring President Washington that explained the group behind the planting of the trees had been the local Masonic Lodge.
 We found this little guy near the door of the Visitor Center. I was assured he wouldn't bite.
This pretty church across from the center and the tree with interesting bumps in front of it seemed to just ask for their pictures to be taken.

Okay, enough with the Visitor's Center, on to some tourist sites. We started at the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. It had great information about the area's native inhabitants and some of the early white inhabitants. I was tickled that there were some Scottish folks in the early days.

I was also quite taken with this vintage dress and a Tiffany desk set. Across the river from St. Marys on Cumberland Island was a home to some of the Carnegie family. There sure is a difference between what the haves and have nots were used to.

From the museum, we walked down toward the waterfront. I was glad to spy some food trucks as it was almost lunch time. To be honest, I was excited because the one had Cuban food. Mmm, we had a Cuban sandwich and I had Cuban coffee for lunch. One sandwich is enough for both of us. Refueled, we headed back to the National Park Visitor's Center right on the water. 

 We were unable to go to Cumberland Island because of damage from Hurricane Irma. I guess we have to leave something for future visits. *w*

The submarine museum was pretty interesting but only the second floor held actual exhibits as they have not gotten the first-floor items moved back in after Irma. Some more wandering took us to a gift shop and an antique store. The antique as just a delight to wander through. I could have spent a ton in it. Glad Tom was there to keep me under control. I just picked up a couple trinkets for some friends.

From the downtown area we headed to see the McIntosh Sugarworks Tabby Ruins. What the heck does that mean? You may say. Well, Mr. McIntosh built the structure as one of the first horizontal sugar mills that was powered by oxen. Tabby is concrete and shell mixture they used to build the walls. Time and disuse has removed all of the wooden parts of the structure leaving  behind pretty neat architectural ruins. (Yes, Dad, I remembered you said to watch for snakes and we were very careful.) I am glad we stopped.

Just across the street from the ruins is Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. They have this impressive yard decoration:
Yes, that is a submarine in the ground - The USS George Bancroft. (okay, it's not really the whole sub, go here to find out more:

That was enough for us for the day. We returned to our camper at Walkabout Camp and RV Park to walk the dogs and pet the cat.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Black and White Beach

Since I am in a Black and White photo challenge on Facebook, I took a lot of B & W shots at the beach today. Here are the ones that I am not planning to put on FB.

Tom watched from the top of the dunes for a bit.

Rodanthe pier