Find Your Zen on Cumberland Island

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Robert Stafford's Plantation

Robert Stafford’s Plantation on Cumberland Island, GA

 

In this age, we have become quite savvy at discovering new ways to find harmony with ourselves. Many find solace in performing a simple mantra every day when they arise from what has been – hopefully – a good night’s rest. “Your destiny is your own.” “I am calm and collected.” “The day holds nothing I can’t bear.” Repeating’s mantras just like these have been documented to make a person feel secure and empowered, ready to take on their grind for the day. For some, Yoga might be a viable routine to find their answers to relieved stress. Studies have shown that bringing the mind and body together as one can help achieve a Zen state thus making your day much easier to bare, regardless of what challenges or obstacles await you. Ray Bradbury, Zen guru, once phrased it this way. “Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” It’s a trip how we all take so much so seriously, and forget to enjoy what’s around us. A great thought I like to carry with me. Some try and think of the entire path life has set before them as one maneuver. You only need to concentrate on the step that is directly following your last. It’s like when you are reading a book. You think about what plotline you have just read in the last paragraph, so that you may understand the meaning of what lies in the next. As this is called comprehensive reading, let’s call our reading in life, comprehensive living. It’s all well and good once you find these places on Earth where you can channel these habits. It just so happens that we have one of those places just off the shore of Amelia Island. Cumberland Island, one of our cruises most famous attractions, is of course well-known for its wild stallions and ancient architecture. However, there is more than what meets the eye. There is great treasure to be found in what meets the feet!

Seen on Cumberland IslandThe Maritime Forests are laced in a pristine fashion with color. All the undeveloped beaches and wide marshes kindle a flame in the soul, sparking a nostalgic fire, a fire for a time when development only took place within us, and not around us. On Cumberland, natives, missionaries, industrial minds and those enslaved have all left their mark in some form or fashion.

The Lands and Legacies tour is a motorized trip up to the northern-most point of Cumberland. It begins at the Sea Camp Ranger Station. On this tour, you will witness both cultural and quite natural landmarks. What is left of Robert Stafford’s plantation and cemetery, Plum Orchard Mansion, The Wharf, and even the first African Baptist Church. Each motion forward and turn to the left or right will land you in a different place and time as you tour the rugged terrain. Come and experience what those whom have walked the island and lived in its prism of change long before us experienced. The pricing for each tour is a mere $45 per ticket. For that wealth of knowledge, a fair price indeed I would say.

The tours are nearly all year-round except there will be no guide available on Christmas day. The tour will also be unavailable on Tuesdays and Thursdays between December 1 and February 8. Group tours are indeed available. It’s important to remember though, the bigger your group, the less intimate your learning experience may be, as guides are of course, limited in numbers. There is usually one, but sometimes a second tour given the weather and time of year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When coming to the Cumberland Island, it is VITAL that you remember one thing. There is nothing for you to purchase to enhance your visit on the island. This could create a somewhat unpleasant experience. Feel free to bring any cooler or backpack that you feel will accommodate you accordingly. The guides and other guests on Cumberland Island can’t wait to make your acquaintances and join you in your search for Zen among the wild plant and animal life.

 

Great News!

Most of our cruises will be back in the first week of March.  Hop on the boat and you may be rewarded with the sight of wild horses on Cumberland Island.  (continue…)

 

 

 

 

 

Adopt a Pet and Gain a Lifelong Friend

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dog on the boat

 

One of the most beautiful things about being or becoming an American, a privilege not to be taken lightly, is owning your own domesticated animal. Pets are what turn your down time into fun time of the day. Yes, when they are little, they can leave you with – quite literally – a handful. Sure, there are all sorts of animal lovers out there. Dogs and cats are great, but don’t believe for one second that the only viable pets in today’s culture are only house cats and Frisbee-dominating dogs. I grew up in a neighborhood that we could have opened as a half-way legitimate wildlife reserve. With the neighbors keeping everything from ferrets, possums, sugar gliders (flying squirrels), and even the occasional snake, there was never a dull moment where our pets and interactions among them were concerned.

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The Great Eastern Florida Birding Trail starts on Amelia Island

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Osprey

 

With almost 500 different species of birds, Florida has been a long revered destination for bird watchers all over the word. Ranking 3rd in the nation in number of species, one can imagine the number of enthusiast and new hobby seekers that report to this region on a regular basis. Moreover, Amelia Island is the entrance point to the eastern region of the Great Florida Birding trail. Fortunately for you, many of the most sought after bird sightings can easily be seen from a seat aboard one of our cruises. Today, we are going to gaze into the life of one of the areas most popular hunters. Ladies and gentlemen, the Osprey.

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Setting The Sun

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Sunset Tour

 

Chances are, if you have made good use of a weekend evening and ventured off with us on one of our sunset tours, you have been most fortunate to witness – firsthand – a pretty impressive spectacle. Yes, so maybe it is a spectacle you have seen a thousand times over. The question is, do you know what it is you are truly seeing? In most cases, those who lack interest haven’t been lucky enough to see the sunset in such a way as you might experience from a river tour along the first coast.

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Bike Lanes Make a Difference

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

If there is any one occupational hazard to being a human being that comes at the greatest cost, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship we have with our home planet earth. Or even worse, we ignore it altogether. Most of us are pretty savvy about staying up to date on what’s happening in our own zip codes. That’s a great thing, but it’s a good idea to take in as much knowledge as our eager minds will allow! Then, use it. Ocean acidification is as worthy a recipient of that brain space as any other. The burning of fossil fuels has resulted in the acidification of our oceans. The decrease in the ph level of earths’ largest bodies of water has resulted in countless damaging factors; including the bleaching of the coral reefs along the once beautiful coastlines

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Destination Historic St. Mary’s Georgia

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

 

While a few hours on the river makes for an unforgettable time, Amelia River Cruises is ecstatic to be able to offer you and your family one of our customized Destination Tours. With one of our own Coast Guard captains at the helm, you and yours may enjoy the breathtaking sights of Cumberland Islands’ Greyfield Inn, take in the serenity of Cabin Bluff, or get your history fix while walking along the streets of Historic St. Mary’s. Today, let’s take a gander at a couple of the most frequented spots in this well-traveled slew of historically significant landmarks.

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New Year’s Eve: A Brief History

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Happy New Year from Amelia River Cruises

 

With the holiday season on its’ way out, there is still one hooray left to be had. That’s right! A new year has come upon us once again. Officially the last day on the Gregorian calendar, parties all over the USA are held to welcome the next chapter on New Year’s Eve. The first recorded celebration was around 2000 B.C. While you can’t call it an official federal holiday, it definitely is a favorite among citizens looking to have a solid night out on the town! Although this event has been recognized for nearly four millennia, it has not always been a celebration held on December 31. Long ago, it was celebrated in mid- March upon the vernal equinox. The early Roman calendar did not include the first two months we know now as January and February.

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Dredging the First Coast

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dredging the intracoastal waterways

 

In some form or fashion, Earth’s bodies of water are always being manipulated by external influences. In some way, our planets’ bodies of water are always in motion. Water cascades down mountains, and pours into oceans. Wind pushes along the top of the water, first creating a ripple. Over time, those ripples eventually become waves as they reach the shore. Gravity moves rainwater after it has splashed down on your driveway. Debris in the path of moving water shapes routes along which water flows.

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Remembering Deputy Eric Oliver – A Hero in Nassau County

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Memorial for Deputy Oliver

 

The human condition comes stocked and fully loaded with intense of ambition, or certain sense of obligation. Surveying the masses, you might not be surprised to learn some unlikely truths. Unless you are blessed with the opportunity and – more importantly – follow through, the chance of finding yourself budding a career in a vocation that started as a “calling” is anything but eminent. Perhaps your aspirations are nothing more than wasted imagination? Is there any honor in the grand pursuit? Maybe, the true value of ones’ legacy lays in those who know you best, and your attributes which they aspire to possess.

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The 2016 Hurricane Season is Over

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

No matter where we settle and make our homes, we are all subject to some sort of natural disaster. In the bible belt of the central eastern United States, tornadic activity is something you learn to expect. In the western parts of the country, earthquakes occur so often that residents don’t even flinch over anything less than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. If you want to enjoy the sunshine in Florida, one best be ready for a tropical cyclone, or Hurricane.

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