Day 4 Jan 9
We woke up in the Jekyll Island Campground, ready to explore in more detail our immediate surroundings – on foot with the dogs. By the time I joined him at 8:00, Tom had already covered most of the area all the way through the picnic area and to the beach. He had to retrace a little!
The campground, 158 sites with two large bath-houses, is a spread of loop-roads with level sites that are a bit close together. The sites are soft, spongy, sandy soil with a scant covering of long pine needles. Large oak trees are generously hung with draping moss, and although the campground is full – it is very quiet. So we are situated for the next 10 days!
Our morning mission was to twofold: get oriented as to the lay-out of the roads and the activities & attractions on the island . . . and find a seafood market. Map in hand, we discovered that there were not too many roads on the island – if you get lost you just keep going around and around. As for the seafood, we had to leave the Island and venture 14 miles into the little burg of Brunswick for the seafood!
Poteet Seafood Market seemed to be the only one in the area that anyone knew about. It was a perfect little stop for all things seafood-related . . . and we purchased large shrimp, scallops and soft-shell crabs. We also made a trip to the local Winn-Dixie Supermarket to stock up on groceries to go with the seafood. We arrived back at the campground in time for a lunch of shrimp and other munchies.
In the early afternoon while the temperatures rose into the 60’s we sat outside – me working on my pine needle basket. As I worked, I eyed the nice, long, pine needles on the ground and decided I needed to put some effort into harvesting some FREE needles while we are here.
In the afternoon we headed for the Jekyll Island Club Resort and the Historic District – one of the largest historic districts in the country – 33 structures that were the grounds for the word’s most exclusive club from 1886-1942! The Club Resort (hotel) is an amazing structure, still renting out rooms . . . and with people playing croquet in tidy-white attire on the front lawn! There is a wharf with beach access and various tourist-traps (horseback riding on the beach and dolphin viewing boat tours) – all of which were open for business . . . with no business visible. We discovered that January/February is the slow time for tourist trade!
Back at the campsite, at 5:30, Tom announced that the sun would be setting soon; if we wanted to cook outside we had best get ready. Tom had steak and shrimp on the grill, and I had sautéed scallops.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2018 25' Airstream Serenity with Salsa interior and front twin beds., and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown