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The Golden Isles

Our day started out at in Brunswick at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, a former rice plantation. Our visit began with a short video and then a self-guided tour of the grounds. There were huge live oaks everywhere, one 800 years old!IMG_0049 Of course they all had the ubiquitous moss hanging from them which created an even lovelier scene. There was a car show going on but we just strolled by on our way to the house. Interestingly enough the house is filled with the original furniture. The last owner of the house, Ophelia was unmarried and there were no relatives so the entire grounds were donated to the state of Georgia. We wandered around the grounds going in and out of the various buildings. The rice crops were definitely made on the back of the slaves! It is absolutely mind blowing to think of the hard labor the slaves endured. Death was always eminent as the risk from disease was very prevalent. We also walked along a path to the rice mill ruins. Boy, when they say ruins they mean ruins. Nothing was standing. We proceeded on to the observatory where one could look out over the fields that once were filled with rice.
Our next stop was the Golden Isles Visitor’s Center. That is one busy place! Cars going in and out at a rapid pace. We saw a couple of cars with North Carolina tags but never talked with anyone. We ate our picnic lunch in the picnic area. There were hundreds of nosy birds flying around. I guess over time people have fed them and they are waiting for it now!

We headed on to Brunswick looking for the 900 year old year. As we rode along the main streets of the little town we were astonished to see how much reconstruction was taking place. It was everywhere! We later learned that they are building a movie set for a movie starring Ben Affleck. Darn – we were too early. We finally found the tree and a couple there from Tallahassee were there taking pictures. They took our pictures and we took theirs. His aim wasn’t very good!

Our next stop was the St. Simon Lighthouse. We went in the gift store and bought the magnet and the tickets and then made our way over to the lighthouse. After going through the museum we started the climb up, up, up, 189 steps. Can’t imagine the poor lighthouse keeper making that climb carrying 3-5 gallons of kerosene for the light. I would never had made it. When we got to the top and the door was opened I nearly panicked. I had not even thought about the eventuality of walking outside. With my fear of heights I barely made it but I did go out and walked around the entire top. Wow – I “think” the view was beautiful but it was difficult to see as I was clinging to the inside wall of the lighthouse. Of course Jerry leaned on the rail and took in the lovely view.

After a delightful visit with the docent who encouraged us to walk down to the square we took off down the boardwalk. Now that was nice. We ended up in the touristy section but that was OK. I saw a lovely metal crab that I would like to have bought but we kept walking – straight to the ice cream shop. I had a luscious key lime pie ice cream cone. I may gain 10 pounds while we’re gone but what the hay!

We walked back to the museum and then drove to the Maritime Museum. That was very interesting as well. They had copies of letters that a coastie had written to his family that shed a great deal of light on the daily life of a coast guard guy.

We were getting a bit tired by then so we headed on back to the campground. When we got back I went outside to read but it was a bit chilly so I didn’t last long. I came in and got comfortable and then Jerry went out and called me to come join him. There were probably 100 buzzards flying overhead. No idea why they were there and they didn’t stay long. I ended up visiting with our neighbors, a couple from Cummings, Ga and then we came in for dinner. An early start for tomorrow looms as we head to Bradenton.

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Bone Headed Mistakes!

Are we brand new RVers?  Did we start just yesterday?  One would think so!  We left at 8:42 and two hours later we stopped for gas at a Pilot station at Port Wentworth, Ga.  Pilots are RV friendly but I think that’s more for diesels than gas coaches.  We got in to a pump and getting gas was no problem at all however leaving was another story!  Apparently Jerry pulled too close to the pump so as we were leaving he suddenly stopped and told me to go check the tow dolly.  Well, the tire of the dolly was up about six inches on the cement barrier.  Jerry got out and started directing me to pull up, back up, pull up, etc.  He finally realized that the only solution was to take the car off of the dolly.  So while other RVers were riding through and looking there we were right in the middle of the Pilot station taking the car off of the dolly.  Since we were only about 86 miles from our destination I told Jerry that I would just drive the car on but he wanted to put it back on the dolly and he did. I know we got some strange and pitiful looks from passersby.

Was that the end of our misadventures?  Oh no!  We arrived at Coastal Georgia RV Campground with no difficulty and very quickly got into a nice cemented pad.  We set up, put the jacks down and brought the slides out quickly.  As Jerry was finishing outside I got out the lunch preparations and then walked outside to see what he was doing.  He was just before taking the car off of the dolly so I said I’d do it.  I got in the car, started to back up and kerplunk – Jerry had forgotten to put the right ramp on.  Oh my gosh – what to do?  Last week Jerry had gone out to a mill and gotten some scrap wood and decided to bring it on our trip as it would make good firewood.  Thank goodness.  I’m not sure what he did because I was in the car but I think he was stacking pieces of wood until it got high enough for me to drive up.  He kept telling me to drive up, drive back, etc. until I got it back in place and he could put the ramp on.  Honestly we have never had such difficulty or done such bone headed things.  We have always said we learn something every trip.  Let’s hope we have learned enough for this trip.

After lunch Jerry laid down for a while.  I think he was just exhausted both mentally and physically. About 3:00 we took off for Jekyll Island.  We had visited the island nearly fifteen years ago and believe it or not little has changed.  We saw a number of places that we remembered visiting on our earlier trip.  We rode completely around the island and then turned around and start retracing our steps.Along the way we stopped at a parking place ad walked down to the beach.  It was very calm and the tide was out.   In fact, it looked more like a lake than an ocean but Jerry said it was just as he remembered it.  We stopped at the ruins of William Horton’s house.  It is one of the oldest tabby buildings in Georgia, and the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Tabby houses are made from concrete made by burning oyster shells to create lime, then mixing it with water, sand, ash and broken oyster shells.

Next we wandered around some of the shops. IMG_0047  I bought the usual magnet for Jekyll Island and then we walked around and took some pictures of the scenery. Jerry wants to try to draw some of them.

By this time Jerry was getting a bit tired so we headed back to the campground.  We stopped at a Winn Dixie on the way back and picked up salad ingredients plus a steak to grill tomorrow night.

When we got back to the motor home I sat outside for a while and read.  Jerry joined me for a short while and then we came in and had dinner.  After dinner we took a short walk around the grounds.  We hardly saw anyone.  In fact, it was a bit weird.  We could see the coaches with lights on but no apparent people in them but no one outside.  I have no idea where everyone was.  I told Jerry it was like the Rapture had occurred and we got left behind.  It is an extremely quiet campground and I haven’t seen a single child.  It is not a 55+ campground but one would think so.

Plans tomorrow are to visit St. Simon’s and Brunswick and then head to Bradenton on Sunday where we will stay until the 27th.