Jekyll Island Travelogue: 22 April 2012

(Part of a retrospective travelogue, day by day, with photos. It began here.)

22 April, Sunday

Day two on Jekyll began with (chilly, windy) rain. So we slept in, then puttered around the condo until about noon, when the rain had mostly stopped.

We drovWildlife Viewing Tower, St Andrews Picnic Area, JI, 22 April 2012e first the St. Andrews Beach Picnic area and parked, walking to the ‘wildlife viewing area;” there are a few of these on Jekyll and in my experience they are the least likely place to see “wildlife.” Still, we tried.

woodsy area at St. Andrews, JI, 22 April 2012
woodsy area at St. Andrews, JI, 22 April 2012

Walked on the beach there a bit and over toward the marsh and inlet.

picnic table with live oak and moss, St. Andrews, 22 April 2012
picnic table with live oak and moss, St. Andrews, 22 April 2012

sailboat, near St. Andrews area, 22 April 2012
sailboat, near St. Andrews area, 22 April 2012

hermit crab living inside a whelk shell, beach at St. Andrews, 22 April 2012
hermit crab living inside a whelk shell, beach at St. Andrews, 22 April 2012

Then we drove to the historic district (sort of inland — away from the 30mph winds) and took a walk (here’s a pdf map of the area),  noticing some interesting mushrooms in the grass at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the ubiquitous resurrection fern — all green again after the recent rains — on the live oaks:

resurrection fern, JI, 22 April 2012

Our leisurely stroll was capped off by a lovely (as always) lunch at the Courtyard at Crane, run by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. You can sit in a sort of lanai with a roof that’s open to the courtyard. Feels elegant and casual at the same time.

view of courtyard with jasmine and palm, Courtyard at Crane, 22 April 2012
view of courtyard with jasmine and palm, Courtyard at Crane, 22 April 2012

I had the Mediterranean shrimp salad and a glass of the Sterling sauvignon blanc. Spouse had the shrimp and crab salad croissant, with fries.

After a little down-time at the condo, we took a walk on the beach toward the bike rental place (which is also the mini-golf and redbug-rental place). Saw many brown pelicans on the sand bar, which is exposed at low tide. brown pelicans on sand bar, JI, 22 April 2012

We rented bikes (5-day rental) and took off for the north end, to Clam Creek, probably my favourite place on the island.

clam creek marsh, JI, 22 April 2012 clam creek marsh, JI, 22 April 2012 clam creek marsh, JI, 22 April 2012

Two hours of bike-riding and exploration later, it was back to the condo (probably for a beer and peanuts), then to the Rah Bar for dinner around 8 p.m., catching the second act of The Wharf Ratz, a local pop, rock, blues, and country band (video of a few minutes of their show on YouTube).

stormy over Lat 31/Rah Bar, JI, 22 April 2012
stormy over Lat 31/Rah Bar, JI, 22 April 2012 (earlier in the evening)

The Rah Bar has a tiny menu that fits on their deli-style napkin holders, and an even tinier (and “lite”) draft beer list, but we like the outdoor ambiance and the live music, so we had a half-pound of hot peel-and-eat shrimp, two doses of delicious red skin potatoes, and Amber Bocks. (They were out of the locally brewed Sweetwater IPA, both this night and the next time we came back. Boo!)

And thence, to bed.

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I kept an animal count of each day. For Saturday and Sunday (today), the count was as follows:

Deer: 5
Raccoon: 2
Birds: 1 wood thrush, 1 Eastern towhee, 1 mourning dove, 1 osprey (hunting), and too many to count: brown pelicans, gulls, red-winged blackbirds, terns, great egrets, boat-tailed grackles, mockingbirds.
Crabs and sea animals: many jellyfish, ghost crabs, wharf crabs, sand fiddlers, plumed worms, sand dollars, whelk egg cases.

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