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Sapelo Island, GA - Oct 26-28

  • Oct 26, 2012 · 3:30 PM
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The GA Department of Natural Resources makes the Chocolate House, located on the west side of the island and alongside the chanel. It's a beautiful sunset location. The house does have electricity which is provided by an on-site generator. The house does not have internet service and cell phone coverage on the island is very spotty. The $210 fee covers room & board, and transportation around the island. A gratuity to your host is not included. Your host does this on a volunteer basis and is not paid.

Sapelo Island

The schedule (subject to change) will be something like this:

Friday - arrive at the ferry dock in Meridian by 3:00pm for a 3:30pm departure. $2 ferry charge. Meet your host at the dock on the island and transfer equipment to full-size DNR van. Head to Chocolate House where you get settled in and shoot the tabby ruins around the house and prepare for sunset (6:40pm) over the channel. Dinner to follow. If you feel up to it, you can do some astrophotography. The view north is light polluted at night. The best shots are to the south and west where you can see the Milky Way.

Saturday - early morning wake-up in order to head to Cabretta Beach to catch sunrise which is at 7:37am. Plan to stay at the beach for a couple hours, get picked up and head back to Chocolate for lunch. During the mid-afternoon you can take a short trip to the Shell Ring. Depending on when the group wants to eat dinner, I would recommend that the group goes to Reynolds Plantation Mansion area where you can shoot around the grounds of the mansion, the school area, and the greenhouse area, all within a short walk. Gather together and head to the lighthouse where you can shoot the inside followed by shooting sunset with the lighthouse. Head back to Chocolate for dinner or dessert if you ate earlier.

Sunday - early morning rise (your choice) and head out to Nanny Goat Beach and/or sunrise images with the lighthouse. Drive through Hog Hammock on your return to Chocolate. Get cleaned up and pack for return back to the dock. The ferry leaves at 4pm.

Options - In the past, I've made a point to stay an extra day in Jekyl Island so that I can capture sunrise with all the driftwood on North Beach. You can also take advantage of stopping through Darien and catch with shrimp boats at sunset. Another option is stopping at the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge either on the way to Sapelo or on your return home.

Items to bring: sunscreen, hat, long-sleeve shirt, pants, towel, tick/chigger spray (DEET), bug spray, adult beverages, soda,

Sapelo Island April 2011

Sapelo Island May 2012

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  • Damian

    If there is a cancellation I would take 2 slots. Is there a waiting list?

    October 18, 2012

    • Carl F.

      Damian, only 1 spot left. I don't expect that we'll do the trip for a little while.

      October 18, 2012

  • Anne N.

    Sent my application and dues in Saturday. Excited to meet others and take great photos.

    October 8, 2012

  • Harriet D.

    I checked with Stephanie this morning but just had time to post. If you have ever been an SPS member before, you would owe full dues for 2012 ($30 individual, $40 family). If you are joining SPS for the first time, dues are still $30/$40 but cover you through 2013.

    September 28, 2012

  • Carl F.

    The cost includes accommodations, food, and transportation on the island. Your host Will Berson will bring all the food with him. I'll reach out to all attendees when I return next week. Feel free to keep the questions coming but direct them to me and copy Harriet.

    September 28, 2012

  • Anne N.

    Coming from Loganville if anyone wants to ride together.

    September 26, 2012

  • Anne N.

    The cost includes accommodation? Any food? Is there a little store on Island or are all meals bought at Plantation House?

    September 26, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Interesting article about the Gullahs vs McIntosh County in today's NYT.

    September 26, 2012

  • Mike B.

    All, just checked the NWS ephemeris and it looks like the moon rises 96% full at 5:20pm on Saturday night, the 27th. This puts it just above the horizon (over the Atlantic) at Sunset. With a piece of driftwood in the foreground, it could be a spectacular shot. If you didn't know this, the moonrises at sunset *** the day before the full moon *** (if you see shots of the full moon at sunset, it is actually still the waxing moon).

    1 · September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in going on this trip with my wife and daughter. I can not add to the list?

    September 9, 2012

    • Carl F.

      Eddie, I couldn't unlock the Meetup settings while I was gone for the weekend. It's unlocked now.

      September 10, 2012

  • Charles C. P.

    Carl, I also want to be placed on the list.

    August 29, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Frances and Sara, I need to touch base with the host and see if the DNR manager has come up with a plan on future use. When we were there in May, use of the house has gained a lot of interest and the DNR was having to revisit their policy. Stay tuned.

    July 31, 2012

  • Sara M.

    I'd like to be added to the I'm interested list. Sara Mitchell

    July 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a way to add me to a list of "interested" and also how many will be able to go? I am familiar with Sapelo Island but not the Chocolate house.

    June 5, 2012

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