What a nice campground with such friendly owners from Australia. The campground has 40 full hookup sites, pullthrus, clubhouse, pavilion, pool, laundry, showers, nature trails, and propane. This is a coast to coast park so we stayed here for free for one week.
We had been in the area before staying at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base so we went over to the base and did some shopping for groceries. We also took a wonderful bike ride around the base on Sunday. No traffic and we just rode and rode. Very peaceful and beautiful.
We wanted to do a Land and Legacy Tour of Cumberland Island National Seashore but tickets were all sold out for another month. We do not like to make plans that far out so out of luck we were again. The island is pretty secure as the only way out is by boat. Once on the island you can walk, ride a bike that you rent or take the tour. Will try again next year. We did tour the National Park Visitor Center which was quite interesting.
Brunswick was another stop along our travels one day. This is a very busy port for new automobiles entering the United States, as a matter of fact it is the 6th busiest. Back in 1789 it was one of the five points of entry for the colonies so quite an old town. I had read alot about this city but was kind of disappointed so we just drove around and headed to Jekyll Island.
Jekyll Island was once the playground for the rich and the only way out there was by boat. Today you pay $6 and drive. We stopped and had lunch at Latitude 31 Seafood Restaurant which was very good. Then we toured the 240 acre historic district. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel was built in 1886 and is just beautiful. The grounds are out of this world. We did not realize that we could have had lunch in the hotel which would have been different. We toured all the shops and had fun just walking around the area.
We then got into the truck and drove around the island stopping at the Horton House which was constructed in 1743. Love seeing how people lived so many years ago. We also stopped at the campground and just looked around. The beaches are beautiful. Our only regret for the day was that we did not bring our bikes. What a great place to ride.
Another day we toured Fort Frederica which was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the new colony from the Spanish. It is now a National park with a movie and self guided tour. In 1742 the Spanish and British clashed on the island ensuring it was a british colony. It was used from 1736 until 1758 as a military town.
A trip to St Simons Island was a very interesting day. The island is only 18 sq miles so really fun to drive around. We found the Lighthouse and the ladies working that day said if you were in the Coast Guard you deserve to tour for free – so we both got in for free. The lighthouse has 129 steps to the top with a great view of the Golden Isles. It was built in 1872 and is still in use today but is fully automated as of 1953.
We also visited the Historic Coast Guard Station which is on the National Historic Sites. They used this beautiful station from 1936 to 1995. Today it houses exhibits about the coast guard, beach, marsh and forest. There is also a Coast Guard Beach which is used today by the island people and tourist.
One night we went out for BBQ at Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ in Kingsland. Oh my what great food – wish we were closer.
Riding bikes, shopping, sitting and reading highlighted our time in Georgia. Stay tuned as we head to Charleston South Carolina.