Monday, November 5, 2012

Island Blog Campout

This past weekend a few of us good friends went camping on Jekyll Island in the coastal region of South Georgia, amount us was  Senior and JUGM
We had invited  Stephen  but he was not able to attend, of course we did not talk trash about him regardless of any ugly rumors which may get back to him.
Jekyll  Island is a fascinating place for those who like history, it was only accessible by boat and until the mid 1950's but in the late 1800's it was the winter getaway for the most wealthy in America. Families like the Rockefellers, Goodyears, Fords etc would arrive via steam boat to this island paradise to hunt, fish, golf etc. It is said when they got together for a banquet they represented almost 20% of the wealth in the entire world.

 It was abandoned before WWII and the State of Georgia took it over and it is now a State Park, there is however hotels, restaurants, private residents and a campground on the island which is only about 5 or 6 miles long and maybe 1 mile wide average.

The "Jekyll Island Club" as it was called had a big club house which is still a hotel and actually very reasonably priced.
 Last I heard room could be had for about $100 per night, about the same as the Holiday inn and Comfort inn on the island.







Another example of one of their modest winter 'cottages'
The church on the island is still used and many weddings conducted here.


There are carriage rides and tours available as well where you learn a lot of history and are able to go into some of the homes, I have done it a few times in the past.

This is the old infirmary which is now a book store and gift shop.
There is however quite a few shops on the island.














There are miles of bike and walking trails.
This is the location of the original pier they would have used.
The "Club House" view from the dock


We all stopped in for ice cream during our bike ride. This building was the old steam house.

If you get a chance to visit Jekyll Island it is worth the trip.


19 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to go for a bike ride ;-)

    and history.

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    1. Sandy, It is a beautiful place. Thanks.

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  2. I swear...bunch of metro-sexual campers...did you guys serve campaign with the peach cobbler....

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    1. Bubba, you know you would have enjoyed it.

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  3. Very impressive place! I have read a lot about it, but have never seen it in person. Maybe someday!

    Wouldn't mind staying a night or two there!

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    1. HermitJim, I know you would enjoy it, it is very interesting.

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  4. Dear Duke, by reading your's, Senior's and JUGM's posts - it sounds like you guys had a really nice time. i am glad because you deserve it! thanks for all the great pics - i love seeing pics of places i have never seen!

    your (girl)friend,
    kymber
    bahahahahahahahah! xox

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    1. Kymber, Glad you enjoyed, next year we may be camped out on your back yard.

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  5. Spent my first two years in the Navy at NAS GLYNCO, at Brunswick... VERY familiar with the island, and it's a great hideaway type vacation location!

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    1. Old NFO, Glad you could rehash some memories I never get tired of visiting. Thanks.

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  6. just laid to rest a very good friend who insisted i see jeckel while i was visiting him eventhough he was in the last stages of parkinsons. great place iwill be taking my son there soon.

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    1. Crane op, Sorry about your friend but glad you will get to visit. Thanks.

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  7. This island is simply wonderful and beautiful too..Lovely place to enjoy a vacation.

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  8. I am ready to go back as well! Had a great and enjoyable time with everyone. Even though he says he wouldn't...Stephen would have liked it! I am thinking another camp out in early Dec. either back to Jekyll or some where else.

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    1. We can talk, If Stephen isn't careful we may not invite him.

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  9. wow..I really liked this beautiful place.Will love to spend my vacation with my family..

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    1. Elizabeth, you would enjoy it I am sure. Check it out if you get a chance, you won't be disappointed. Thanks.

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