Blythe Island, Brunswick, GA
April 2, 2015
After a truly relaxing and enjoyable week in Orlando (spending zero time at Disney World and Universal Studios will do that for you), we finally had to get back on the road again. We're now officially on our return trip to the PNW, with a couple of dog-legs along the way. We'll see how the second half of the trip goes. Thanks for staying with us to learn what happens as we eventually begin moving West again, along what we hope will be a more northerly (and considerably shorter) path.
Georgia's almost-golden isle: Blythe
We decided to visit our friends Juan Eduardo and Joanna in Charleson, SC, before really heading west. From Orlando we headed north and east, to the area of Georgia known as the Golden Isles. Those are St. Simons, Little St. SImons, Sea Island, and the famous Jekyll Island. However, the Glynn County Park on nearby Blythe Island had better reviews than the campground out on Jekyll Island, and it was easier / faster to get there. Blythe is also convenient for a quick trip to Jekyll Island in case we want to visit. So, we made a reservation at Blythe and set our course for the Georgia coast.
Bike trails on Blythe
We found a series of short bike trails on Blythe island, and decided to take advantage of them. It was a beautiful day for a ride, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
After arriving and setting up camp on Blythe Island, we decided to head over to nearby Jekyll Island for a quick look around, and - hopefully - a place to eat dinner. Surprise, surprise, even now Jekyll Island is a bit exclusive - you have to pay a $6.00 "parking fee" to drive onto the island. As if there were any other way to get there.
Our first stop was the Atlantic side of the island, where we could see all the way to Europe...or Africa, depending on which way we looked. We could also see how a major storm could easily wipe out most of the island. The sand dunes that protect the island aren't particularly large, and as we looked them over it was clear that at high tide the ocean frequently moves in on those dunes nearest the shore, testing their strength.
Jekyll Island started out as a ridiculously exclusive club for the richest people in America. The island was purchased, and then the Jekyl Island club was built, drawing some of the most iconic rich folks in American history to spend their leisure time on the island. The original clubhouse and nearby mansions are all on the western side of the island. It's clear these people were no fools. It may be warm, humid and somewhat swampy there, but it's protected from the vagaries of the open Atlantic ocean, and quite peaceful. The live oaks alone are worth the visit, and the mansions - er, summer cottages, are quite impressive and appear in excellent condition.
New residents of Jekyll Island, on the other hand, insist on setting up homes and shops up and down the Atlantic coast of the island, exposing themselves to all kinds of interesting water damage opportunities. We saw some of that on the north end of the Island, where there's a large condo complex that still shows significant damage from the last storm to run up the coast.