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Return to Sapelo Island! Camping & Beachcombing Weekend on Atlantic Coast of GA
|Event Location:||40 Miles south of Savannah, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, Oct 19 2023 2:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 22 2023 3:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Sat, Apr 1 2023 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, Jun 1 2023 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Days 1 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Stacey Johnson|
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|Member Cost:||$155.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||10|
|Number Registered So Far:||2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Important Group Transportation Notes: This 4-day, 3-night trip requires that we travel as a group on the Public Ferry to and from the Island, taking Thursday's 3:30 PM ferry from the mainland dock to the Island. Metro Atlanta residents should plan to depart no later than about 8:30 AM to allow enough time for the ~5-hour drive, parking, loading, etc. See Directions, Logistics, optional Carpooling plan, etc. below. A Georgia DNR driver will greet us at the Island dock and use a motorized tram to transport us and our gear the ~6 miles to our oceanfront "Cabretta Group Campsite." On Sunday, we are booked on the 4:00 PM return ferry departure from the Island, arriving back at our vehicles on the mainland at about 5:00 PM.
IN a NUTSHELL: Larger than Bermuda, Sapelo is a beautiful barrier island on Georgia's Atlantic coast about 50 miles south of Savannah. The Island's pristine natural beaches, marshlands and forested wilderness areas are enhanced by its protected status as a National Estuarine Research Reserve. Its spacious beachfront Cabretta" Group Campsite is a wonderful place to be at any time of year. We'll have it all to ourselves to relax under its gnarly Spanish-moss-draped live oaks, explore the gorgeous adjoining white sandy beach, and observe wild dolphins, deer, bald eagles and other exotic native wildlife. October weather is usually ideal, with afternoon highs typically in the 70s and nighttime lows in the 60s. There's no highway bridge connecting Sapelo with the mainland. Reserved camping groups such as ours travel together on the Public Ferry which takes about a half hour each way (similar to the Cumberland Island ferry ~60 miles further south). Our GA-DNR hosts will greet us at the Island Dock and transport us and our gear to the campsite via a special motorized tram.
MANY NICE CAMPSITE AMENITIES! There's a wide expanse of level tent space and plenty of shady trees for hanging hammocks. A convenient alternative for sleeping is the campsite's three 10' x 12' roofed and screen-fronted Adirondack shelters, each with wooden bunk space for up to 6 campers. If you'd like to share sleeping space in one of them (at no extra charge) please email your request to the Trip Leader(s) and we'll assign available shelter space in the order of your requests. The Campsite's comfort station has three lockable private bathrooms, each with a hot shower, lavatory and flush toilet. Another big Campsite bonus is its spacious Dining Pavilion, with safe nearby running water, large picnic tables, BBQ grills, and a big campfire ring, and a nearby hot-water dishwashing station. It's OK to pack stuff in duffels or suitcases - also OK to take "car-camping" style gear; e.g. coolers with ice, fresh or frozen food & cold drinks (Bags of Crushed Ice for topping off our coolers are normally available for sale directly at our campsite.) For our "family-style" meals multi-burner propane stoves and large pots & pans are appropriate to bring and share - see more below.
DOZENS of FUN THINGS to SEE & DO! Sapelo is blessed with lovely secluded beaches, sea-oat-capped sand dunes, forests of huge gnarled mossy live oaks, abundant seabirds & wildlife - even wild bald eagles! - and historic ruins. Beachcombing, shell collecting and stargazing on the beach by our campsite are unsurpassed. We also often see wild dolphins and alligators.
FAMILY-STYLE MEALS: On all of our past Sapelo camping trips, our informal group Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinner Parties have been a big part of the fun at the spacious group dining pavilion. They're highly recommended, but If you wish to "do your own thing" at any time, no problem! These group meals will be informally shared "Potluck-style," with each camper who chooses to participate in a particular meal simply preparing and contributing one or two food or refreshment items of your choice that you personally enjoy and that would serve about 4 or 5 others. There's no need to try and feed everyone with your shared item(s)! Your trip leaders will provide hot brewed Coffee each morning (included in our trip price) - and a delivered truckload of cut Firewood and kindling for our campfires. Those of us who happen to be in camp at lunchtime enjoy putting out tasty things to share in the same "potluck family style" as our breakfasts & dinners. During much of each day many of us will likely be away from the campsite exploring, beachcombing, etc. It's a good idea to wear a light daypack or fanny pack and carry a few snack items such as fruit, a sandwich, trail mix, cookies, etc.—plus water and your camera, etc.
TRIP SCHEDULE & LOGISTICS: It's normally about a 5-hour drive from Atlanta to the mainland ferry dock and its adjoining "Sapelo Visitor Center" in Meridian, GA via I-75, I-16, I-95, and GA-99—see our detailed Directions below. For this Sapelo trip the scheduled PUBLIC FERRY DEPARTURE for our AOC camping group will be at 3:30 PM SHARP on Thursday. It will be imperative for each of us to be there at the dock no later than 3:00 PM for loading and boarding (along with passengers from the public at large who will have likewise booked that ferry).
Payment of $155 is due once you sign up. Please do not hold a spot if you do not intend to go. Payment must be made directly to trip leader: Venmo @Stacey-Johnson-18 or Paypal: @StaceyJohnson427. No refunds after June 1st unless you find someone to take your spot.
The TL(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. By registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree that: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paid registrant may request directly from the TL(s), prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Within 30 days after the event, the TL(s) must complete a financial accounting of monies collected and spent, along with supporting documentation; any attendee may ask to see this accounting. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.
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|How to Get There:|
FROM ATLANTA to SAPELO ISLAND MAINLAND FERRY DOCK & VISITOR CENTER (near Meridian, GA - about 295 miles from downtown Atlanta)
DIRECTIONS STEPS from ATLANTA:
GROUP PROCEDURE at MAINLAND DOCK and ADJOINING "SAPELO VISITOR CENTER": At about 2:30 PM Thursday we suggest that you stop by the Visitor Center where you can enjoy its free museum displays of the island's natural, geologic and human history, check out their T-shirts and other nice souvenirs, and pick up free Island maps, brochures, etc. We'll load our gear onto the ferry at about 3:00 PM. The AOC trip leader will pay for our group ferry fare at the Visitor Center and simply present that receipt as our "group ticket" after we board. As discussed in the event itinerary our Ferry departure will be at 3:30 PM sharp.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||580Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||9:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $232.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.|
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• Round-trip Ferry between Mainland Dock and Island (See our group schedule in itinerary discussed above),
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