Big Days Coming into Georgia
I was just able to calculate my mileage for the last couple of days and was amazed to see my entry day into GA waters was a wopping 28.5 miles. The paddle up to Fernandina Beach was a short portion, but heading out into the ocean, the jetty runs 2.5 miles out and then obviously the same back. Five miles East then West and very little north and south!
Eighteen miles the next day took me up Little Cumberland, across the monster St. Andrews sound, which absolutely clobbered me. I actually did not include the distance on that crossing that I was pushed out east by the incredible current and un-expectedly strong winds from the west. Without a doubt it turned out to be one of the more difficult crossings I have ever done. Plan, Plan, Plan!!! I can't say it enough and I violated those rules and paid the price. Ouch, that was long, about 1.8 hours to get across.
After a brief rest on Jeckyl Island, I made the next crossing, which I planned for accordinly but the wind and rip currents were still something to be reckoned with. Close to shore, the current was ripping so strongly that they were near breaking waves. Oh, now that was fun!! I love that type of water, such a rush and thrill getting in there and mixing it up.
Then just a short couple of miles to a piece of spoil land and a quiet camp site and a much needed day of rest. I should push out of GA within the next 3 days or so. The shallow waters and sand bars just create some very complex and tricky currents and paddling. You can go from deep water to paddle hitting the bottom in a matter of minutes. Very bizarre indeed. The islands here seem beautiful, and I look forward to coming back some day and taking the time to explore them.