Jekyll Island, Georgia

Yesterday we were on Jekyll Island in the state of Georgia. I have to say I think both of us fell in love with the atmosphere here.  It is a quaint and lovely place filled with beaches, bike paths and history.

Our first stop was at the visitors center where we were given a map and a well detailed explanation of what to see and do. We had wanted to stay at the campground on the island but reservations on line indicated they were full. There is a fee to get onto the island so we paid this and drove on.

We parked the car and took a walk on the beach.

Tide was out so we could walk along the shore

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This is a very pet friendly place. All of the drinking fountains have pet bowls at the bottomIMG_0384

Beautiful tree lined roads. Most are very narrow. People get around on bicycles, golf carts or small electric cars. There are bike trails all the way around the island.

 

This is the Horton House. William Horton built this house in 1743 after a Spanish attack destroyed his original home. This is one of the oldest tabby buildings in Georgia. It is listed on the national registry of historic places.

 

This is the oldest tree on the Island. They estimate it at around 350 years old! I couldn’t do justice in pictures of the magnitude of it’s size. It spreads itself over a side yard with some of the branches touching parts of the ground. IMG_0389

Fishing Piers along Driftwood Beach

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Jekyll Island has a woven history layered with a rich legacy of luxury and balanced with nature. This is someplace we know we have only explored the tip of. We will plan on returning and spending a lot more time here.

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One last word….

Tomorrow we will be leaving Florida to head North. By tomorrow night we will be in Georgia. I have mixed emotions leaving here. I can’t wait to be able to go out doors without sweating buckets but I think that is a long time coming. From what I see on the nightly news it is hot all over! Even though we have been down here for six weeks I still don’t think we are used to the heat. We said goodbye to my parents last night and took them out to a little Italian restaurant by their home. It was sad to say goodbye because I am not sure when we will swing by this way again. Mike and I have taken jobs in Louisiana for the winter. We had to sign a six month contract so we will be there from Sept. 16-April 15. We will be at Frog City Camping Resort where I will be working mainly in the office and Mike will be doing grounds maintenance. It is located about an hr. from Baton Rouge. We will be working 4 six hr. days. The first ten hrs pay for our sight any hrs after that we will be given an hourly wage. I’ve done some research in the area. Not much to do local but I did scout out some bike trails. We haven’t ridden our bikes as much as we have wanted to due to the heat down here so the winter months in LA should suit us fine. We will only be seven hrs away from our son Joshua so maybe a few visits to OK will be possible. We have loved our stay at Seasons in the Sun Resort and would consider staying here for a winter in the future, but you have to get on a waiting list because it books up solid for the winter months. 

Mike has invested in a go pro camera and is having fun doing under water filming. I’m sure he will be hooking this up to everything imaginable to get different perspectives of most everything Now I just have to figure out how to get them into my photos to put them on this blog! 

We did do one last thing as tourists. We went to see the Manatee. They are like big lumbering water cows but are very cool to see. We only saw three because the water is warm for them in the lookout area and they have found cooler springs to go to. 


I thinks after all today’s preps are done for pulling out in the morning we are going to go to Dixie Crossroads Restaurant again for more of the local rock shrimp. Then after a good nights sleep we will be off to new adventures in the morning!

Getting Ready to Move On

Our time in Florida is coming to a close. As we were driving down from NY we found out that my  father had fallen and broken his wrist and arm. We decided to stay in Florida as long as him and my mother needed some assistance. It has been six weeks and we are ready to pull up anchors and head out. Took my father to the Drs. this morning and they took the cast off so he is on the mend and can drive him and my mother around. He is 87 years old but still thinks he’s a kid. I hope I have that kind of stamina and vigor when I am his age! We have had some fun being down here seeing the sights, visiting beaches, enjoying the cuisine and biking the many trails.

Visiting the Kennedy Space center. We could have spent a lot more time here, but way to expensive to pay for another day.

 

Daytona Beach was a great day. We drove down the beach for mil

 

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We chose Florida as our residency.

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Great Bike Rides

Great bike paths  and trails

Along the path.

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The heat got to us all!

 

We’ll miss our time at Seasons in the Sun Resort. This is the nicest place we stayed, and thanks to Pass Port America one of the cheapest.

WEEKEND WANDERINGS

A couple of weeks ago Mike wanted to go down the canal in his little boat, through a couple of locks and end with having lunch in the town of Seneca Falls.  It sounded like a pretty good idea. We’d done it before when we our children were younger and we had a bigger boat. Every child in New York State studies the history of the Erie Canal, how it was built,  the lock system and how it works. Since hands on is a great way to learn, We would take them through the locks and explain how they worked. Since we have four children, I always found this learning experience slightly repetitive, but always willing to go along. Some people in our family (namely Mike) still hold a small fascination with boats, locks and canals. Even though we have been married forty one years both of us are more than willing to go along with each other’s whims and fancies. So when he asked me (and our small dog) to go along on a boat ride, I was more than willing. The day stared out beautiful. There is an abundance of foul and other water creatures to be observed in there natural habitat along the canal.

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Starting out

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Beautiful morning

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This is an albino Blue Heron. These are usually a grey color and are very large birds that you don’t want flying right over you!

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Buddy was so far enjoying himself.

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Going into the first lock. Now to enter or exit a lock, the water has to be the same level as your boat. That means the water that is in the lock when you approach the gates has to be either drained or filled. This takes a certain amount of time depending on if there is another boat waiting on the other side or if there is a boat already in the lock. Some of these locks a very large which may take awhile to get through. Now Mike’s boat is made out of aluminum and there was not a cloud in the sky, which makes for one very hot ride!

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Inside one of the locks

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It was a beautiful ride down but was taking some time and the dog and I were getting very hot sitting ing the sun. We finally arrived in Seneca Falls for lunch. Seneca Falls is a nice little town with some very interesting NY historical facts, one of them being the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony. What we didn’t realize was that there was some kind of celebration going on on this particular day. We did find a place to dock, thankfully because the dog and I desperately needed to get off that boat. It was after noon, the sun was high and it was hot! I felt like I was being baked surrounded by the  shiny, metal tub we were floating in. All along the water was very crowded. Chairs and people lined the water way waiting for some kind of boat parade. By then I was starving and hot and needless to say a little cranky. I needed sustenance fast. We did find a bar along the water, but since we had our dog with us we couldn’t go in. I placed an order to go. I won’t go into the details, let’s just say lunch was far less than we both expected. Between the crowds, the heat and a sucky lunch, we decided just to head back. Getting back took us even longer due to boat traffic. What was supposed to be a relaxing jaunt down the water way, turned into a the longest, hottest ride to get a bite to eat I have been on. Oh well life is an adventure!

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING OUR WEEKENDS

I know it has been a long time in between posts. It’s been a busy summer what with purging and remodeling but we have been getting away to spend the weekends in our RV. We have a seasonal spot on the Montezuma Refuge in Savannah NY. We are on the Erie Canal so there is time for kayaking and fishing along with reading and relaxing.

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This is our sight for the summer

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back view and across the water

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My relaxing spot.

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Mike and Buddy’s relaxing spot

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Mike’s fishing boat. It is an antique Arkansas Traveler and will be heartbreaking for him to have to leave it behind next year!

So that is where we have been spending our time. I’m glad we can enjoy the small home before we take off. It has let us realize the things we like and dislike and the things we can modify and change out. More about those on my next post.