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Anita at Driftwood Beach

St Simons Lighthouse

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Fort Frederika


9/29/2014. Monday. Are You Sure????

It rained all night and was still drizzling when we headed out to St Simons Island. Let me say at the start that there is a very tall bridge ( over 400' high) that is part of US Hwy 17 that goes by Jekyll Island and through St Simons Island. My well trained Navigator had already scoped out a way to St Simons without crossing over the monster bridge. There is a causeway you can take but you have to go way out of the way to pick it up; we went way out of the way.

St Simons is a beautiful island but does not resemble an island that you would imagine. Rather, it looks like very expensive neighborhoods with big green lawns and majestic oak trees. There are no beaches to speak of only rocks and mud. We visited Ft Fredrica that was established in the mid 1700s by General Orglethorpe to protect the inlet from the Spanish coming up from Florida. There were ruins of a town that was there with a population of 1000 people. Anita also photographed Christ Church where John Wesley preached.

Our next stop was Jekyll Island and the shortest route there was to cross over the Monster Bridge; we went way out our way! We circled back south of the monster bridge and the. Navigator said we could access Jekyll Island by going over the Jekyll Island causeway. Hoo Ray, another causeway. I was driving along without a care in the world when out of no where the Monster Bridge appeared and I was heading right for it. We got closer and closer to the bridge and I broke out into a cold sweat and started to plan my U-turn right in the middle of the highway. I was no more than 100 feet from the entrance to the bridge when the Navigator suddenly yelled for me to take a right turn onto the Jekyll causeway. Whew! My heart started beating again and blood began returning to my brain. This causeway only had one bridge to cross but again it was no problem.

We went to a beach that was covered in driftwood. Well, not, exactly like the driftwood I was prepared to see but this beach was covered with old trees that either washed up on shore or were felled by the sea eroding the land under them. It was an amazing yet eerie sight seeing all of these tree skeletons lying about. Jekyll Island is actually fairly small so it didn't take us long to visit here.

I was so relieved by not having to cross the Monster Bridge that we stopped at Zaxbys where I consumed 10 wings and a large order of fries. It started to rain harder so we decided to call it a day and returned to my mobile womb.

Tuesday we head home after a fantastic vacation!



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