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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jekyll Island /Georgia. Great stop!

Cruising from Cumberland Island was an absolute pleasure! The weather could not have been prettier on the way to Jekyll Island and the scenery varied from quiet marshes to St. Andrews Sound and sand dunes, reminding me of Western Michigan.
We arrived at Jekyll Harbor Marina and were greated by a friendly and helpful staff. A courtesy car (!!!!!) was available and we cruised the Island and stopped at the grocery store and hardware. "Finally" arrived home to Jekyll Harbor Marina on Monday, completing their loop. Jill and Richard tied to us in the Demopolis Lock when we had 15 boats in the lock.
The only retail stores on the Island are grouped together in one location. The entire development was razed and a new development is under construction in the same location. Each store was moved into a temporary trailer for the 2 year construction period. We shopped in the IGA and the hardware and it was a delight just to drive a car to the store!
Courtesy cars are rarely available and seem to be available only in some geographical areas. Hope we see more courtesy cars along the way. It has been a long time since we had a car to explore!

Since we arrived about 12:30PM we had lots of time for activity! The Marina has bikes available and we loaded up our pups (Boo in his baby carrier and Buddy on the leash) and off we went through the miles of trails with our boys in tow. Buddy was a quiet boy for the rest of the day and evening as he was totally exhausted. Yes! Do you think we could ride our bikes at least 10 miles a day with Buddy in tow? Maybe we should ride 20 miles.....
The Marina gets an "A" in my book as they offer 2 loads of wash and dry for free! Believe me it's true! Had to take advantage of that opportunity while we dined in the same building at SeaJays. Cute building, too bad the food isn't good!
Jekyll Island is truly a historic site. Goodyear Cottage, numerous incredibly detailed homes and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, built in 1886. You can only imagine what the Hotel must have been like at the turn of the Century with the Morgans, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. The Club was ultimately closed and purchased by the State of Georgia.
The no see-ums are terrible this time of year. We are off to an anchorage tomorrow. Wonder if we will be eaten alive!

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