The Gogo Lifestyle is all about the luxury of simplicity. To live and entertain within nature instead of nature being landscaped around us. Living a sustainable and ethical lifestyle requires the commitment to provide for oneself. Catching the low tide at 5am to harvest clams and oysters, tending to the garden and gathering firewood for the evening oyster roast is part of a varied routine family and guests are welcome to take part in. Along with surfing, hiking trails with local naturists, bike riding and most importantly tennis. Living a consistently remote island lifestyle has been called 'islomania' which is a craze for or a strong attraction to islands. The condition was first identified by British writer Lawrence Durrell in his book Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953): "Somewhere among the notebooks of Gideon I once found a list of diseases as yet unclassified by medical science, and among these there occurred the word islomania, which was described as a rare but by no means unknown affliction of spirit. These are people, Gideon used to say, by way of explanation, who find islands somehow irresistible.”
“We islomanes, says Gideon, are the direct descendants of the Atlanteans, and it is toward the lost Atlantis that our subconscious is drawn. This means that we find islands irresistible.” In a letter to a friend Durrell wrote:
"Islomania is a rare affliction of spirit. There are people who find islands somehow irresistible. The mere knowledge that they are in a little world surrounded by sea fills them with an indescribable intoxication.”
Cumberland Island is certainly an intoxicating place to be. Surrounded by vast maritime wilderness, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes wherever you go, you walk in the footsteps of Timucua Indians, Spanish and British explorers and wealthy industrialists. The island has three major ecosystem regions. Along the western edge of the island there are large areas of salt marshes. One will also see gnarled live oak trees covered with Spanish moss and the palmetto plants at the edge of Cumberland's dense maritime forest. Cumberland Island's most famous ecosystem is its beach, which stretches over 17 miles (27 km). The island is home to many native interesting animals, as well as non-native species. There are White-tailed deer, Bob Cats, Raccoons, Wild Boars, American Alligators, Wild Turkeys, and Wild horses left over from Spanish and British missionaries.
Over three hundred migratory birds as well as many marshland inhabitants. It is also famous for its two hundred and fifty wild horses roaming free on the island.
Becoming aware of our place within nature and having respect for all living things is a truth that after living on an island for such a long time starts to resonate within your entire being. Becoming part of the connectedness of all things is a necessity to survive island life. Knowing and feeling the cycles of life and the seasons of change allow one to partake in the spirit of the island, all the giving, then all the taking.
Very quickly one's lifestyle revolves around knowing when certain fish arrive, where to hunt the local game and where to gather oysters and shellfish. The excitement and anticipation of logger head turtles nesting in May, the delivery of spring foals, a deer with it’s spotted fawn or thousands of mushrooms popping are some of the seasonal events everyone rejoices in.
Being transported into a timeless state of mind is a gift that islands endow upon those that take the time to appreciate it. It is in the timeless state of mind that inspiration bubbles to the surface and creation begins.
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