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Friday on Amelia Island

Friday, February 25, 2011

Today started with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short bike ride to the dock. We loaded the bikes on the ferry and headed to Amelia Island.

We passed by Ft Clinch on the way to the dock on the island.

We rode to Gourmet Gourmet for lunch.

Then we rode back to Fort Clinch State Park and visited the fort.

After touring the fort, we road back to the dock and walked to an ice cream shop.

On the ferry ride home we saw a flock of white pelicans who are spending the winter here. There were also several dolphins, but couldn't manage to get a picture of them.

Dinner was at Borrell Creek Restaurant.

Tomorrow we head to Okefenokee Adventures in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. We will canoe or kayak on a tour of the swamp. This will be our last day of fun on this trip. I must say, this has been an unusual bike trip, but it has been fun.

Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 2/27/2011 11:27AM

    Another wonderful day!!! STILL totally jealous!

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/26/2011 11:26AM

    Oh my! No snow or ice on the ground, sleeveless jerseys!! Oh how I pine for the Spring:) Every day I look forward to reading about your adventures. Thanks so much.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 2/26/2011 5:47AM

    Had to take the tour when I saw "Amelia Island." Will have to tell DGD#1 there's an island with her name. Great photos.

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Thursday on Cumberland Island

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today DH and a friend of ours got up and went for a bike ride, then we took the ferry from St Mary's to Cumberland Island.

We walked to the Dungeness Ruins (former home of the Carnegies).

Some of the wild horses were around, too. The young stallions were fighting over the small group of mares.

After a picnic lunch at Dungeness, we walked to the boardwalk at the salt marshes.

And on to the beach.

On the way back to Sea Camp Dock, we walked through some lovely trees, shaped by the weather.

The sun was beginning to set as we rode the ferry back to St Mary's.

Happy Hour was at Seage's Saloon tonight.

And dinner was at Langs.

Now it is off to take a hot bath and get in bed early. Tomorrow we take the ferry to Amelia Island for a 33 mile ride. Life is good.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRISLEEB 2/25/2011 12:10PM

    I am totally jealous!!! It's snowing here again..... :-( Even if I was in good enough shape to ride a couple of miles, I couldn't.

Enjoy for me!!!

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/25/2011 12:06PM

    Wow. What an awesome trip!! Thanks for the pictures too:)

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CARLANNIE 2/25/2011 10:42AM

    Did that Carnegie house fall into disrepair due to fire? It looks like an ancient ruin, lol! Can you take me along on your next vacation?

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NANA2PRINCESSES 2/25/2011 6:04AM

    Great pictures, sounds like a lovely time. Envious as we prepare for more ice and snow over the weekend.

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Wed in St Mary's

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Today was cool, but fabulous. We had breakfast at the hotel, then had some time to putter around before the ride started at 10. The owner of the local bike shop got us started and led the ride.

The captain of the Wyoming and some of the crew rode with us. We stopped by the entrance to Kings Bay Naval Base and made pictures with a cast of a sub (yes, that is DH on the nose). They were having "nuclear drills" on base, so we didn't get to go in.

A rare picture of me with my bike.

Then on to the ruins of the Tabby Sugar Works for a rest stop.

And on to Crooked River state park.

Finally, back to the hotel with a total of 29 miles.

The St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce provided "happy hour" for us at the Welcome Center. They have a lovely quilt hanging in the restroom, couldn't resist taking a picture.

Then everyone had dinner at the Silver Star Steakhouse. I highly recommend the Marinated Beef Skewer.

We had a wonderful day today, and tomorrow we are scheduled for a hike on Cumberland Island. Life is good.

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/24/2011 5:52PM

    Life sounds wonderful! I love your jersey:) I am soooo envious!!! We have 3 inches of snow on the ground. Ice is forecast for the next couple days, and then rain....again! I knew I should have gotten studded tires for my bike:))

Thanks for the pictures. At least I can live vicariously through your blogs.
Have a wonderful hike.

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VISITSTMARYS 2/24/2011 2:02PM

  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photo's of St. Marys! It was the pleasure of the St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau to host your group and we really are so glad you're here!
Se you next year!

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ERANGEL37 2/24/2011 8:51AM

    That looks like so much fun!

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KRISLEEB 2/24/2011 8:43AM

    Good for you for doing all this. I'm AMAZED!!! (I could never do it!) Thanks for sharing!

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DOLLBABE56 2/24/2011 7:52AM

    Wow, great pictures. Twenty-nine miles - another wow!!!

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Tuesday in St Mary's, GA

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This morning we arrived in St Mary's, checked into our hotel, and met some of the other riders for lunch at the Riverside Restraunt.

Then we went for a short ride around the area.

We got some fudge at the ice cream shop in town before going back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

We had a group meeting and "happy hour" before leaving for dinner at the Seagle's Restaurant.

The town is beautiful, people are really nice, and drivers are courteous to cyclists. There are no hills here! Tomorrow we have a 33 mile group ride, it should be a piece of cake. Don't leave till 10, so lots of time to rest after dinner. Since we are not riding the tandem and I am on my single bike, there will be fewer pictures. Gotta keep both hands on the handle bars.

I met another quilter at dinner, she is also riding. She actually brought her machine and is sewing in the evenings. Hopefully we can get together tomorrow and I can see what she is working on. What could be better.

Life is good.

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HYJEAN 2/23/2011 2:51PM

    Sounds like a beautiful trip. I love to quilt but taking my machine along is really a "over the top" idea for me.


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KRISLEEB 2/23/2011 1:49PM

    oh, and have fun!

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KRISLEEB 2/23/2011 1:49PM

    that looks aweful!!! Where's all the white stuff????? LOL!!!

Sounds like you are having a blast!!! Good luck and yes, PLEASE, keep both hands on the handles....we don't need ANOTHER injured team member!!!


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CARLANNIE 2/23/2011 12:32PM

    Life IS good! Have fun.

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DOLLBABE56 2/23/2011 7:10AM

    You sound like you enjoying yourself. Enjoy!

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/22/2011 11:55PM

    sounds absolutely wonderful! Wish I were there. Where is this? Flat??? I'd kill for a flat route:) LOL.Beautiful area.

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Vacation Challenges

Monday, February 21, 2011

DH and I have become accustomed to challenges during our vacations. We have endured illness, stolen vehicles, and lost reservations. Today as we left home the vehicle in front of us had a tire blow out, crossed the median and flipped. The driver was thrown out violently and sustained massive injuries. DH and a nurse on the scene tried to help while I called 911. Then another man saw car seats in the back so we pulled them out to make sure there was not a child inside. This is the second vehicle that has flipped and rolled right in front of me. The others were more fortunate than this young man. Please remember to fasten your seat belts. I don't know if it would have saved him, but it certainly increases your chances. Tonight a mother has lost a son, child(ren) have lost a father. It was a very sad drive.

Life is sad sometimes.

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/22/2011 11:56PM

    Those images tend to stay with you for a long time. What a dreadful thing to witness. My prayers are with that family tonight.

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CARLANNIE 2/22/2011 6:31PM

    Bev - how traumatic for you to witness that and not have a good outcome for the driver. Such a senseless loss. I always, always buckle up, even just to go 8 blocks to the grocery store. Thanks for the reminder.

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KRISLEEB 2/22/2011 8:34AM

    that's no way to start a trip. You are good folks for trying to help!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 2/22/2011 6:08AM

    Bev, such a tragic accident, my thoughts go out to the family of this young man.

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DOR2BFIT 2/21/2011 11:01PM

    How sad. That must have been terrifying to see happen in front of you.

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