Jekyll Island Travelogue: 21 April 2012

This will be a retrospective travelogue, day by day, with photos. (Following days found here: 22 April, 23 April, 24 April, 25 April. 26-28 April still in progress.)

We try to get to Jekyll Island, GA, for a week once every year or two, usually at a different time each year. We’ve been there multiple times in May and June (sea turtle egg-laying season), and in August (sea turtle-hatching season), Sept. (Shrimp & Grits festival), and December (over Christmas and New Year’s), but never in April, so that’s the month we chose this year.

We took a bus to Boston, then the Amtrak train to Richmond, VA, where we rented a car and drove 6 hours to Santee, SC, for a night, staying as in the past at Clark’s Inn and Restaurant. The next morning we drove the easy 3 hours to Jekyll, stopping for a jacket and sunglasses (for me) and pants (for spouse) at the Darien outlets, then groceries in Brunswick.

After a wonderful week on Jekyll, we drove a more grueling 9-1/2 hours back to Richmond, spent the night and most of the next day there visiting family and a botanical garden, and then took the train and bus home.

Here’s a travelogue of our activities and adventures on Jekyll (and St. Simon’s Island, nearby) this time:

21 April, Saturday

welcome to Georgia sign, 21 April 2012
welcome to Georgia sign, 21 April 2012

Arrived at Jekyll around 2 p.m.

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This is the view from our condo deck:

view from condo deck, JI, 21 April 2012

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beach near low tide, looking south, JI, 21 April 2012
beach near low tide, looking south, JI, 21 April 2012

After unpacking, the first thing we did was walk on the beach, a few hundred yards from our condo. We saw several whelk egg cases, scurrying ghost crabs, a dead bird (pelican?), and many dead jellyfish washed up on the shore.

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(Click the pictures for larger view)

ghost crab, JI, 21 April 2012
ghost crab, JI, 21 April 2012

rocks and dunes near condo, JI, 21 April 2012
rocks and dunes near condo, JI, 21 April 2012

skeletonised pelican? , JI, 21 April 2012
skeletonised pelican?, JI, 21 April 2012

Then we went to dinner on St. Simon’s Island, at a place we’d never tried before, Catch 228. They have outdoor seating! And a great menu, good service, and very tasty food. And $.50 oysters during happy hour (4-6pm). We had planned just to go for happy hour but decided to stay for dinner.

We thought this note on their menu was cool.

part of Catch 228 menu, SSI, 21 April 2012

Walked around downtown St. Simon’s after dinner, stopping in shops and hanging out on the pier, which was busy with people fishing and crabbing. Took a short video at the SSI pier (YouTube link).

The pier was looking particularly ethereal this evening:

St. Simon's Island pier, evening, 21 Aprl 2012

Then it started to rain; we ran for the car and drove back to Jekyll.

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