On Tour with J&B, Week 5, 2017

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RV Parks:

St. Marys: A Big Wheel RV Park. Not a bad place, but not the best choice. Just a short distance away was the Crooked River State Park with beautiful campsites. Sometimes our searches just don’t show State Parks. We’ll need to be more thorough in our searches.

Brunswick: Coastal GA RV Park. Nice level concrete pads, although quite narrow. But there were bushes between the sites, so it felt private enough.

Savannah: Sunshine RV

  • St Marys

  • St Marys

  • St Marys

  • Crooked River State Park would have been a better choice than where we stayed, just down the street in St. Marys.

  • St Marys

  • St. Mary’s, several fishermen on the pier, this one caught some crabs.

  • St Marys

  • St Marys

  • St Marys

St. Marys — On our way north from St. Augustine, we took a side trip. Parked the motorhome in a Walmart parking lot and took off in the Jeep to explore Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, and Fort Clinch State Park. These are funky Atlantic ocean barrier island towns and popular vacation destinations. Had a nice lunch on the beach, then continued on to our destination.

We played golf on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, at the Trident Lakes Golf course.

     The next day we explored St. Marys, the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, the largest of Georgia Coast’s barrier islands. We met a couple, at least twice our age (well, maybe not quite that old) that had tons of camping gear and were waiting to take the ferry to Cumberland Island. They were tent camping with the “mosquitoes, ticks, snakes, and who know’s what else,” for 3 nights! Wow, not my idea of camping.

Brunswick — We explored Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island from our base here. We played golf at one of the three Jekyll Island courses — Oleander  It was quite cheap ($52 for both of us including cart!), and in great shape, but there was a huge ladies tournament that took up 2 of the 3 courses and spilled over to our course, so it was a bit frustrating. We played holes 1 and 2, then jumped to 10, and back to 3 after 18. Oh well, it was a beautiful day (and don’t ask about our scores)!

     We also drove to Sea Island, but it is totally private, so we just had to turn around at the main gate. The Port of Brunswick is one of the nation’s most productive ports on the Atlantic coast. Shrimping is still important here, but it is the primary U.S. port of automobile imports for Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mitsubishi and Volvo. Ford, GM and Mercedes export vehicles through this port. [thank you, Wikipedia!)

  • Yep, breakfast at Waffle House again . . . happy Johnny.

  • Coastal GA RV was on a large lake.

  • Coastal GA RV.

  • Coastal GA RV

  • Coastal GA RV.

  • Jekyll Island golf — great trees!

  • Dinner at Marshside, nice setting.

  • Had a great dinner at Marshside Grill in Brunswick.

  • BMWs that came into the Port of Brunswick and are being trucked out.

  • Quaint Inn in Savannah.

  • Savannah City Hall.

  • Touring Savannah at a slow pace.

  • One of the 22 park like squares in Savannah.

Savannah — This is the only city we visited last year, and again this year (and the same RV park too). It is a charming city with cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages, and many historical buildings. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the cemetery and through several of the beautiful 22 squares in this town. It is hard to feel rushed or stressed in this laid back, peaceful place.

Atlanta — Came into the city the day before our flight home to do some sightseeing. Turns out President Trump was in town speaking at an NRA function. Avoided downtown until after the protesters had dispersed!

     Visited Centennial Olympic Park, saw the Atlanta Ferris Wheel, and ended up at Ted Turner’s Montana Grill for drinks and dinner. The Bison burger salad was very tasty! Back to our very convenient Indigo Hotel at the airport where we will leave our Jeep for a week and a half. Great plan . . . except . . . jets were coming and going every 10 seconds as we were trying to go to sleep. At least they didn’t start up again until after 6:30 am.

Home to La Quinta for 12 days before we fly back to resume our adventure — stand by.

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