Getting on/off ferry; riding approximately 35 minutes. Getting in/out of safari truck with 4 ladder steps, bench seating; driving about 10 miles, approximately 2 hours riding time. Walking about 1 mile, approximately 1 hour; beach and wooded area, uneven, unpaved terrain that leads to the beach.
At the hotel.
We will check out of the hotel, walk with our luggage two blocks to the marina, and board the ferry from Fernandina Beach to Cumberland Island for the ride of about 35 minutes. Upon arrival, Greyfield Inn staff will take our luggage from the ferry to the Inn. We will then check in at Greyfield Inn and walk through the Inn with a member of their staff and get acquainted with the facilities and learn some of the Inn’s history. Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and comprises 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures.
At the Inn, we will have boxed lunches.
We will divide into two smaller groups for our field trip. A naturalist will take half of the group on a safari truck for a field trip into Cumberland Island. We will ride in the back of a custom naturalist’s truck to encounter Cumberland’s historical ruins, wild horses, and lush maritime forests. The other half of the group will be led by a naturalist on a nature and beach field trip. Returning to the inn, we will have an opportunity to enjoy a social hour with hors d’oeuvres in the Inn’s oceanfront bar (drinks not included) and to share experiences with our fellow Road Scholars.
In the Inn dining room.
We will meet in the living room for a presentation by the island naturalist.