Cumberland Island
September, 2008

Pictures by: Rick and Sandy Jacquot

At the beginning of September, I had already put off my usual dive trip to Florida for over a week due to the flooding in Florida. Another week went by and I finally told Sandy we needed to do something whether we dive or not. Cabin fever was getting to me! We decided to hit Cumberland Island in Georgia for a couple of days and then head over to Ginnie Springs in Florida.

This was the first time in a few years that I had visited the island and the first time I had visited without my son R.J.

Over the years I have made many trips to search the dredge piles for fossils. These piles were put here to be used by the park service for road maintenance. The piles are loaded with phosphate gravel and along with the phosphate comes the fossilized bones and teeth we search for.

Once on the island, we rented a couple of bicycles to get around. This was something new to me. The last time I visited, there were no bikes, you hiked everywhere.

We rode to the south end of the island to check out the old fossil hunting grounds. The dredge piles were pretty much gone the last time I had visited. I was happy to see they had dumped tons of new dredge material to search through.

Down by the dredge piles, we were able to hunt our treasures and take in the variety of wildlife around us.

After poking around for a while, we decided to head out to the beach.

Boardwalk leading to the beach.

Hanging out in the dunes. Looking south down the beach.

Two pretty flowers on the beach.

Looking north up the beach. We also ran into this crabby fellow.

A couple of displays in the rangers office that show some of the fossilized teeth found on the island.

At the south end of the island, I was able to collect some very nice large red barnacles.

After a couple of days on the island and visiting St. Mary's, it was time to head to Ginnie Springs in Florida for some diving.

Ginnie Springs is known worldwide for its crystal clear waters and underground cave systems. Sandy cruised around the basin and then we decided to checkout the cavern.

Sandy and I in the cavern. It is about 52 ft. deep. The entrance to the caves below is grated off for safety.

On the inside looking out.