Some medical issues pushed back our southbound departure by an unexpected two months. As a result we got to experience Buffalo’s Christmas Blizzard. Very memorable. When we finally did set out, it was to the beat of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again”. We headed south to central Florida to be reunited with the Tincan. It was waiting patiently for us at Pat’s brother and sister-in-law’s house. After some family time we drove north to Crooked River SP in St. Mary’s, Georgia.
Our site was surrounded by Long Leaf Pines and gave us a view of St. Mary’s River (THE CROOKED RIVER).
The campground is just down the road from the King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base. Based on the traffic in and out of the base it must be a major employer in this largely rural part of Georgia.
The park offers a number of hiking/biking trails through the palmetto and pine forest as well as along the River.
There’s no telling who you’ll run into on the trail.
The ruins of a Tabby Sugar Works from 1825 lies just down the road from the campground. It was part of the New Canaan sugarcane plantation.
Tabby is a type of concrete made from burning oyster shells to create lime, then mixing it with water, sand, ash and other broken oyster shells. This technique is thought to have originated in Africa.
Part of the appeal of Crooked River SP is its proximity to the Georgia sea islands: Cumberland Island, St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. A ferry ride is required to visit Cumberland Island but St. Simons and Jekyll Island are within an hour’s drive.
We took our bikes on the ferry to explore Cumberland Island National Seashore. The island is undeveloped and about 17 miles long. With limited time, we didn’t want to miss the last ferry back to St. Mary’s so we concentrated on the southern end of the island.
In the 1880’s Thomas Carnegie, (Andrew’s brother) bought up much of the island and built Dungeness Mansion. He died before it was completed but his wife Lucy and their nine children lived there until 1925. The deserted mansion burnt down in 1959. The island became a National Seashore in 1972.
We made our way to Sea Camp Beach to check out this popular destination. The park service constructed a boardwalk over the dunes for easier access to the beach.
Colonial era Fort Frederica is located on St. Simons Island about 50 minutes from our campground. James Edward Oglethorpe established this fort and colony as a way to challenge the Spanish in Florida. The grounds of this National Monument are lovely to wander.
The remains of the tabby powder magazine is all that’s left of the fort that guarded the twisty river approach to the town.
Just over the Georgia border in Florida is Amelia Island, again about 50 minutes from the campground. We ventured down to the island to explore the Eagan Creek Greenway.
We experienced some rainy weather so decided to leave camp and check out Brunswick, Georgia. The town boasts a brewery (Silver Bluff Brewing) and a rum distillery across the street. The brewery was crowded with St. Patrick’s Day celebrants so we opted for the distillery. Richland Rum proved to be a good choice.
We did a tasting and dove in.
In 1733 James Edward Oglethorpe established an English Colony on Jekyll Island. He named the island after his financial backer Sir Joseph Jekyll. The island now boasts 23 miles of biking trails, including 10 miles of beach riding.
In 1886, the island was purchased by the Jekyll Island Club. By the turn of the century they built a vacation resort patronized by some of America’s wealthiest families.
In 1947, the island was sold to the state of Georgia for use as a public park. National Landmark status was awarded to the island’s historic district.
While the history of the island is interesting, the main draw for us are the beaches and bike trails.
We have visited Georgia several times in our travels but never had the opportunity to visit the “ Golden Isles”. We are certainly glad we made the effort this trip. But we are not leaving Georgia yet- next up is the beautiful city of Savannah- just two hours up the coast.
17 thoughts on “Delayed Departure”
I am glad you were finally able to start your trek south. Again, awesome pictures and very helpful commentary. I can’t wait to see and hear about Savannah. Take care and please stay safe.
Awesome photos as always. I loved the close up of the driftwood best. Safe travels! I look forward with anticipation to your next installment.
oh you saw an armadillo, coooool! Given the weather of late in the western part of the us, david and i might just begin to explore more of the south at spring break thanks to your great blogs! Off to the Netherlands soon! Happy Trails! Joanne
Nice post! Always visually interesting and educational. Looking forward to your take on Savannah.
Love following your travels!! Great pics – we will put this on our list. Thanks for sharing. We are in southern CA in the Ramon😡. Hot springs down the road and books to keep us entertained 😊😊
So glad you are back ‘on the road again’
Always enjoy your posts
Take care, and of course -Bright Moments
It warms my heart to see you guys back on the road. Do NOT miss lunch at Mrs Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah. Of course the food is amazing, but you gotta go just for the experience. Very fun.
I miss you, but I am glad you are having great adventures again.Horton Pond is my favorite. Gators and turtles!!
I’m glad you’re back on the road! Beautiful photos!
Great to be traveling with you again! Once again a wonderful photo documentary. Thanks!
Glad you’re back and posting again!!
So sorry to hear that you were delayed because of medical reasons. I trust all is well now. It sure looks like you two have had a wonderful time exploring coastal Georgia!
WOW thanks got all caught up on your trip and the Photos . Jazz fest. Coming up. Hope to see you all . Peace & Love
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Hi Pat! Good to hear from you!
Did you get Randy Van Norstrand’s e-mail about a 55th get-together? It’s the weekend of July 22. Around the time we usually see you guys in Fair Haven.
I ALWAYS learn new things from your blog and still marvel
Wow you folks have some great photos and great info in your posts – love em – seeing places we’ve never been theu your eyes is wonderful. Hopefully we will see you at Jazz Fest. Missed you last yr. Love you adventurers ❤️ Sue n John
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