|There were birds. Lots and lots of birds|
On Thursday we got up early (early for vacation that is) and headed to Jekyll Island, GA. We had planned to be out the door at 7, but that didn't happen. We left by 8, which really wasn't too bad. We were a bit discouraged by the weather forecast, which was calling for thunderstorms both days of our trip.
It took about 3 hours to drive down from Charleston so we decided to go ahead and have lunch at Red Bug Motor Pizza. After we finished lunch, the weather started to look like it was going to hold up for us so we hit the beach, walking up and down the shore for a while. It was a little chilly, but nowhere near as windy as Sullivan's Island. The shore birds were... abundant.
|Herring Gull (juvenile)|
After an hour or so on the beach, the weather was holding out so we decided to head over to the wharf area to inquire about dolphin tours (they weren't running today) as well as walk around in the historic district. Apparently in the late 1800s and early 1900s Jekyll Island was an exclusive club for the very rich families (e.g. Rockefellers, Morgans, Pulitzers) of the US.
|Spanish moss and the Jekyll Island Club in the background (now a hotel)|
It started to sprinkle after a while, so we decided it would be a good time to head back to the car and see if we could get checked in to our room at Villas By the Sea. We were a little early, but our room was ready so they let us check in. There was a minor issue with our keycards (they didn't work) but it was resolved after a few minutes. We dropped our stuff off, and headed to the boardwalk by the hotel to watch the tide come in. The weather was looking better by then, so after watching the tides for a few more minutes we decided to go back to the hotel room and grab the cameras.
|No swimming during high tide|
We took some pictures of the waves crashing into the rocks, then we continued on to the driftwood beach.
After that, we headed back to our room to clean up and go to dinner. We had initially planned to go to the Courtyard at Crane, but found that they were full for the night. So instead we headed to Latitude 31. The food there was excellent, I'd definitely recommend it. During dinner it started to rain so we headed back to our room after that, hung out for a while then called it a night.