Another unexciting 138 mile drive down Intestate 95 brought us to a park we have been to before called Golden Isles RV Park. This is a no frills Passport America Park that is in a perfect location for us to visit a few places we like a lot. After setting up we hit the road and drove over to St.Simons Island in southern coastal Georgia.
St Simons is one of the renowned Golden Isles of Georgia and we will be visiting another one of them while we are here. The main attraction (besides the beach and waterfront) is the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. At 104 feet tall this currently active lighthouse was completed in 1872 after the original one (1811) was destroyed in the Civil War. This is a beautifully restored lighthouse!
The quaint little town of St Simon has the typical touristy shops but during this time of year there aren’t many people around to enjoy the peace and quiet. We walked along the waterfront and into the neighborhoods lined with live oaks draped in Spanish moss. On the way back to the car we walked out on the pier to watch the fishermen. We were about to leave when a fellow apparently hooked a big one. After a lengthy battle he was able to land a monster red fish that was 39 inches in length and I would guess around 25 pounds. They had hooked another monster before we left but were unable to land it so whatever it might have been will remain a mystery.
The next day we went to one of the more interesting beaches we have ever visited. The beaches on Jekyll Island are continuously eroding and slowly losing land to the sea. As a result the beaches are littered with dead and dying trees making it a somewhat surreal setting for a arbor cemetery. The once stately oaks and pines are now but skeletons of their former selves. This makes this a photographers paradise and the setting is striking!
Jekyll Island also has several campgrounds (including a state park) with the only drawback being that there is a $6.00 entry fee for each car to the island. There is a large bike trail around much of the island and a nicely paved road that loops around it as well. We stopped and checked out a few of the historical sights along the way rounding out a great day on Jekyll Island.
After two days here we will move on down the road to escape some rain heading our way…