I fast trip to Sapelo Island

May 28, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Early in April Ed and I joined a small group in a small van to ride for six hours to the coast of Georgia. This was an OLLI travel/study trip. The twelve of us toured the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia then took a driving tour through the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge where we saw hundreds of nesting wood storks as far as the eye could see. Those were nice breaks before our arrival at Darien where we had hotel reservations. That evening we got to know our fellow travelers at the Waterford Wine and Gourmet before dining at Skipper’s Fish Camp. Not much time to rest after that fast day before getting up early to meet the ferry to Sapelo Island where we were met by a local guide who drove us around the island to the restored plantation, through Hog Hammock, where the Gullah-Geechee descendants of freed slaves still live, to hear a lecture at the marine research center, and to an eagle nest site. We drove to the beach for a long picnic lunch and a demonstration of Gullah-Geechee basketry. Finally, we visited the Sapelo lighthouse. Ed was the only one to climb all the steps and the narrow ladder all the way up to the Fresnel (pronounced Fernell) lens. By the middle of the afternoon we were back in the van for our six hour ride back to Athens arriving about 9 pm. It was a fast but highly rewarding trip. Our host impeccably planned every aspect. Our driver and guides was professional. Our travel companions were engaging and Ed and I were completely exhausted. Although I couldn’t take my tripod on this trip I was surprised at how well some of my photos turned out. You can see some of them on my homepage slide show. This first batch is of Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge, our tour of the island, and the beach. Click on the photos to see the gallery then click on the individual photos to read about them. More will follow.

 


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