The main reason I picked Brunswick, Georgia as a place to stay was of its proximity to Jekyll Island and the surrounding area. When we first arrived at Golden Isles RV park (a Passport America park) our plans were to visit Jekyll Island. The park itself isn’t anything to write home about but with 50 amps, WiFi, sewer hookups and cable it is a bargain at $19.00 per night.
When we got into the park and got all set up we went for a drive to “get lost” which us my way of seeing what is around us. Getting lost for me is just driving around with a pseudo plan to see as much of the surrounding are as possible. By doing so I have discovered many things that the web didn’t tell me. On this trip we discovered St. Simons island which apparently everyone else in Georgia knew about it except us. What a wonderful place this was for a “tourist resort.” There was free parking and multiple beach access points and the beach (although it was brown sand) was a really nice wide beach and it was packed with people even on a Tuesday!
The next morning we made plans to visit Jekyll Island as it has an interesting history. The first building built on it was done so in 1742 just 300 years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue. More history can be found on this link.
There is a $5.00 parking fee that is collected at the main entrance which allows you to park anywhere – better than meters in my opinion. Once we paid the fee we drove around the north end of the island and parked near the beach. We then rode our bikes on the bike trails around the south end of the island. This trail was about 8 miles long and with the heat at 96 degrees we decided it was enough for bike riding.
We had a nice lunch that we brought (more farmers market veggies – Yum!) and then decided it was time for a dip in the Atlantic. How refreshing it was to be in colder waters than what were in in the Keys. After a nice swim we toured the rest of the island with the highlight being Driftwood Beach. This area is an eroding beach area and as a result what was left behind was many trees that died and were completely uprooted with the wave action. Needless to say we took many photos here.
After a fun filled day we headed back to the campground and made plans for the upcoming days. We have decided that we will push ahead tomorrow on a longer than normal day since nothing new along the way excites enough to stay any longer. So tomorrow we will be back on North Carolina just south of Aberdeen where we will stay a few days. While here we will visit with our daughter and then head northwards into new territory for us…