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Cumberland Island, Georgia
Ginnie Springs, Florida
September, 2008

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.

Sandy packing our lunch.

I have visited Cumberland Island many times over the past 14 years. The first time I visited was back in 1995 with Sandy and our kids. Over the years I made many return trips to search the dredge piles located at the south end of the island. 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.

To get to the island, you will need to hitch a ride on the ferry that runs from the mainland to the island twice a day. We had some friends following us the day we went.

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

There is a lot of wildlife on the island. Snakes, horses, deer, hogs, turtles, armadillos and many more. We got to see many of these animals while there.

A big red ant with a phosphate nodule.

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