Friday, October 18, 2013

Our 1st Full Day on Jekyll Island!!

What a phenomenal day - in the upper 80's with plenty of sunshine!  After breakfast (which was rather late) we got on our bikes to ride on the paved trail around the island.  We had such a beautiful ride with the huge old oak trees covered with Spanish moss and the views of the ocean from the trail.  We got to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and went out to the dock where we plan to go later this week so Ken can have the delicious shrimp.  Really enjoyed seeing just a few of the "winter cottages" that were built in the late 1800's for the rich and famous.  More like mansions than cottages!!  This is a barrier island to the mainland with a large salt marsh area!  Georgia has 1/4 of the remaining salt marshes on the east coast!

This is what you see during most of your ride on
Jekyll Island!  Gorgeous!

Tabby is the material that was used to build many of
the early homes on Jekyll.  It was  equal parts of oyster shells,
lime,  sand, and water.  In St. Augustine they used coquina shells
that were in the area. 

Only the outside walls of the Horton House remain!
This was a 500 acre plantation in its day complete
with servants.

You get glimpses of the ocean from the trail!

A typical "winter cottage" 

This is the old Jekyll Island Hotel (Club) that was the
entertainment center and the place for guest of
the cottage owners to stay when visiting.  It is a very
exclusive place to stay today!

After returning and having lunch we drove to the beach to enjoy a day of relaxing, reading, and sitting by the water.  It is almost like having your own private beach!

Back to Willie around 5.  Both of us were rather tired today after 2 long days of driving!  Looking forward to many more bike rides, walks, and time on the beach!  This place is just a special as we remembered from our trip here 4 years ago.  It really is a gem!!!!!


  1. Glad to see you made it safe and sound. We wish we were
    there. Enjoy.
    Dick & Bonnie

  2. Glad to see you made it safe and sound. We wish we were
    there. Enjoy.
    Dick & Bonnie