October 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.
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