Cumberland Island, GA is amazing. wild horses, endless empty beaches, turn of the century ruins, and 3 habitats in one – ocean, maritime forests and marshland. I was, literally, a happy camper. The lunar eclipse was happening while I was there and the trees were orange with moonlight. I think I hiked a little over 21 miles over 3 days… which may not be much by “backpacking standards,” but for me and my inexperience – it felt like a huge accomplishment. Even though it wasn’t a solitary trip, I still had a lot of time to think and be quiet and take in all of my surroundings.
I am really, really looking forward to the next trip – I only have reservations about being alone at night, when I go solitaire. I don’t think it will be a problem… but I imagine I will get paranoid. This goal is one of those things I would like to do, not only for the experience of it, but to prove to myself I can. Maybe in April. : )