Hyding Out on Jekyll Island
We were sick of Florida and we had to get out. So we made the 50-minute drive to storied Jekyll Island, Georgia. Jekyll Island, according to Brooke the historian, was founded by some rich southern families who wanted to start a club or something. Regardless of whether that is true or not, Jekyll island was a gorgeous mix of rustic landscape and southern living.
The island has shopping, restaurants, a Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center (apparently crack is prevalent in the low-class tortoise communities), a museum, an airport, a beach of dead trees, and -wait for it- CAMPING. We knew this campground would be the nicest (and most expensive @ $27/night) we stayed at yet, so we had high expectations. We pulled into the park and could see nothing but rows of RV's and weeping willows. It was like we were at an SEC football tailgate. We got our spot in the primitive camping area behind the tailgate and right across from the Bird Sanctuary, which was essentially a bunch of bird- feeders in one spot. This was perfect because our dogs are HUGE birders.
We popped up the tent and headed for the main attraction- Driftwood Beach. This beach, like the name suggests, is full of dead trees. We were walking along the shore looking for these arbor giants when out of nowhere a sea creature burst out of the water.
It turns out this sea creature was a dolphin. And there was more than one of them. While most people are quick to assume these are the same dolphins we saw at Fernandina Beach, they weren't. These were Georgia dolphins- way tougher. One even had a tag on its dorsal fin as if it was on house arrest and being tracked by the government. Luckily, I was able to get some video of these puppies of the sea.
Besides the dolphin encounter, the rest of the evening was uneventful. We called it early due to cold weather, and woke up the next morning ready to explore the main portion of Driftwood Beach. We spent less than an hour on the beach because it was so cold, but Brooke captured some amazing images of the fully intact trees that had washed up onto the shore. After the beach, we headed to Savannah, GA for some R&R&W (rest, relaxation, work).