Chapter 25. Cumberland Island’s Menagerie Of Animals

Cass is just crazy excited, like a dog when the bell door rings:

-Oh my god oh my god oh my god!  I can’t believe that we are leaving!!!! HIIIIII! I can’t control myself, just too excited!

-Calm down, we are 10 minutes away from the boat yard only, replies Sam. We literally, JUST left the anchorage.


-If you ask me, our trip won’t be really started until we won’t be on a wild beach with all the bla bla bla.

-What do you mean by “bla bla bla”?

-We’re gonna tone down your dolphins expectations for now. We’re in Georgia. Let’s start by sailing to Cumberland Island for the first night. It seems it is super pretty. Tom and Chris are already there on their sailboat. They want to show us the island

-Yeah…a kind of natural park with an entry fee. Not so “hurray you’ve reached the true nature” type.

-You can be such a party pooper when you want Jobin!

-That is just not the real deal Cass. That’s all.

-Pfff… bad faith.


Two hours later, we arrive at Cumberland Island and set anchor happily close to Tom and Chris (their boat name is Persistence). They made the trip 10 times and want to give us some tips. We’re about to have lunch when the VHF light up:

“PABLO PABLO PABLO. This is Persistence.”

It’s Tom.

Sam grabs his VHF and takes his best cool captain voice. And from here, I promise this is so far the shortest VHF conversation I ever heard:

-Persistence. This is Pablo. says Sam.

-DOLPHINS AT 11h00! Over.

NO WAY!!! Lunch got cold but yes, the kids saw dolphins for the first time in the bay.

In the afternoon we went to explore the island:

Salty really decided to push the stroller herself.

-Maybe we’ll be lucky and see some wild horses, says Chris.

-Wild horses? I didn’t even know it existed in the world out of the Argentinian pampa? Does it? asks Cass

-Yes, there were horses in the years 1800 when the island was full of people and then they just went back to their natural state.

In the middle of ruins of old slaves houses, wild horses live freely.

And hell yeah we’ve seen them! At least 6 horses on a deserted beach. And probably around 18 in the rest of the lush island. It was magical to see Salty running to see them in the sand.



-OHHH check this out! A tattoo, says Tom.

-NO WAY!!!!?

We look at the tiny carapace walking in the most cute way possible, very enthusiastically. None of us has ever seen a tattoo before.


Oh, but what is moving next to the tree there…? A young fawn just comes out a bush. Followed by his mother. The first one stops and the second passes just next to us. It literally passes 2 meters away of Salty. (We’ve filmed all of this, but Sam has made a backup that turned out to be flushing everything hum hum… – by accident of course!)



-Check this out, an eagle! notice Chris.

-Ohhhhhhh!!!! we say all together


That evening, I look at Sam with a smile of type “SEE! TOLD YA SO!” :


-Now! Ain’t our adventure started enough, mister eaghle, tattoo, deer and fawn, wild horses and dolphins around the boat in the same day?

-Not at all.


-Nope! … Did you see any sea turtle today? That’s it! So nope!


For your information, there are little days where we don’t see dolphins, which never gets old. 🙂 Sam even claims he saw a manatee, but that, he is the only one that saw it…

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