This was the first time that David and I have been camping, so taking a one-year-old and almost-three-year-old to an island for three days was an adventure for all of us!
We drove down to Fernandina Beach the night before we caught a ferry in St. Mary's, GA to take us over to Cumberland Island. The island was absolutely beautiful, and we loved how peaceful and remote it was. We rarely saw another person, and only shared the entire beach with two other families who were out of ear-shot. It was a completely different vacation experience than anywhere else we have been, and it was so wonderful to "unplug" in so many different ways.
As for the camping itself, the children loved it. I did not sleep at all in the tent, but since David and the children did, it was survivable. Our second day on the island, it started to rain, and it did not stop. Our tent began to leak from the roof, and we were able to borrow a tarp from some camping "neighbors". However, even with the tarp, water seeped in through the bottom of the tent, leaving everything, and I mean, everything, wet. My sheets and air mattress were soaked, and I was wet, cold, and shivering the entire second night. The next morning, we did not even have clothes to wear or towels to dry off with, because all of stuff was drenched, and we had used what we had to dry off the night before. There was over an inch of water on the floor of the tent, and the weather forecast actually had a flood warning for the island.
So, we felt that we had no other choice but to leave the island a day earlier than we had planned. So we packed up all of our stuff, and took the ferry back to St. Mary's, and decided to spend our last two days (one night) in Savannah, GA (about two hours away from St. Mary's). It was so nice to be able to take a hot shower, dry off, and be inside during some afternoon thunderstorms in Savannah. We stayed right down on Bay Street, which made it incredibly easy to walk and see the town with the little ones. Our final stop was Tybee Island where we climbed to the top of the lighthouse. The views were gorgeous, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the lighthouse.
In the end, it was a fantastic trip. We learned a lot about camping, and hope for it to be a part of our lives on a regular basis. It was a much needed break to focus on spending time as a family after such a busy semester for David, before heading into a very busy summer.
And I think the photos speak for themselves:
Summer, here we come.