Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jekyll Island...

After the show in Miami, we made our way back to Asheville.  We drove through miles of road lined with brightly-colored wildflowers.

We had to pick Greg up at the Greenville/Spartanburg airport and had a little bit of time to kill.  While we were in Miami, we didn't get a chance to hit the beaches.  Too much traffic kept us at bay.  So we made a stop at a place we always remark on when we pass:  Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.

Above is a view of the Sidney Lanier bridge that one passes by on their way to Jekyll Island.  We went over the bridge just to go over it.  From the top of the bridge, you can see for miles, stretching over grasslands and coastal marshes.
The entrance to the way to the island is marked with these two structures.  The island was once exclusively a playground for the rich.  However, the property was bought by the state of Georgia and was converted into a public treasure.

Our excursion to the beach was just what I needed!  A little sun did my heart much good.  I enjoyed our walk along the beach, picking up seashells, and exploring this new place.  Apparently Jekyll Island has a long history and is now home to exclusive beach resorts, sea turtle sanctuaries, and golf courses.

Above and to the left is a shot of Azalea on the boardwalk playing with a flower she found.  To the right is a picture of her holding a conch we found.  The waters were murky and brownish due to all the silt in the water, (probably from being near a tributary) which made it ideal for finding sea life. 

I found a sand-dollar and another conch shell.  We had fun running through the sea foam and looking for tiny angel-wing calm shells.

Although our trip to Jekyll Island was a short one, it was definitely a nice one.  It was the perfect little breather.  We were all happy to get out of the car for a little bit of fun in the sun.  To the left is an image of the base of one of the sand dunes.  I took the picture, because I love the pattern that the sand creates, swirling and cratering.


SueBeads said...

We go over that bridge every time we go to Savannah - we always say, Kids, look at the bridge - it's a really cool one! Glad you had fun in Georgia!

RupaB said... the way you make a seemingly ordinary trip into something so special...inspired by your writing I might just visit the closest part of the pacific coastline this weekend.....thank you!

TesoriTrovati said...

Such a lovely stop! It reminds me of the island park south of Tampa...I forget the name. It was lovely and we plan to return and spend a day there next time we get back. Thanks for sharing such a state treasure!
Enjoy the day!

Unknown said...

Such a lovely beach!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Sue!

I love Savannah! I think it's such a charming place and there are so many really lovely people there. Some of my favorite people either live there or have spent some serious time there.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Rupa!

I think that life is sort of a paradox. There is nothing ordinary and everything is ordinary. Each of us is blessed so totally with the ability to enjoy each moment, to find inspiration in the smallest of things. I like the idea that the answers are all there, looking back at us. It's just up to us to see them and apply them, to find the magic and use it.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Erin!

Do you mean, Sanibel Island? It's just outside of Fort Myers. My family and I used to go there every now and then when we were growing up.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Janet!

It was really lovely. It was a little weird that the water was brown, but at the same time it meant that there was more sea creatures and such to find. So, it was pretty cool and we enjoyed the little excursion.

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