We ventured out today on our first Georgia family adventure. I read about several of the islands near us online & Donna & I decided to start with Jekyll Island. It has a lot of history which Donna loves & of course its beaches are what I was interested in.
There is a $5 fee to get on the island, once we were on we discovered there was a lot more to the island than we had realized. We decided to start with the historic Beach Club. The homes that now make up the Beach Club were originally the summer homes of wealthy families like the Vanderbilt's, Goodyear's, Morgan's & Rockefeller's, just to name a few.
These are the biggest Oak trees I have ever seen!!!
The boys enjoyed the scenery,
Kellan chatted away the entire time
& stared back at anyone that stared at them, lol
Within the historic area was The Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This was such a treat for me, I LOVE Sea Turtles!!! They had and educational center to learn all about the life of Sea Turtles & the hazards they face. They also had a Sea Turtle Hospital where they nursed Sea Turtles back to health & re-release them back into the ocean.
Kellan, Garren & Caden getting ready to go in...
A turtle almost ready to be released :o)
This big guy is doing well but is still recovering from some injuries to his shell, hence the turtle band-aids :)
Finally we headed off to find the beach. The beach I found mentioned online the most was Driftwood Beach, so I found it on the map & we headed in that direction. There were no signs for the beach & so we missed it, we ended up halfway around the island when we decided to turn around. We came to an area where a bunch of cars were just pulled off on the side of the road & we saw some people head down a trail through the trees. So we decided to pull over & check it out, Donna went to take a look before we unloaded the boys. She came back & said "I don't know why they call it Driftwood Beach, there are just some twigs over there" We unloaded the boys anyways & went to take a look.
This is what she calls "twigs..."
They were full grown trees!!!
Unfortunately, Driftwood Beach was not triplet or baby friendly :( If was very rocky & obviously had a lot of wood everywhere. We couldn't get the boys even to the driftwood area let alone near the water, there was a huge barrier of large rocks. It was however beautiful & I enjoyed photographing it while Donna & the boys had a snack in the shade.
I must say it was a bit weird to see Oak trees on the island, let alone on the beach. It was overall a beautiful island, but nothing like the beaches/islands of Florida's west coast where I grew up. We are looking forward to exploring the other end of the island next time.