Mr Jekyll or Mr Hyde

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Savannah Oaks RV Park

Flag of United States  , Georgia
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A new state in the south.....Georgia.  We all were excited to see what it had to offer us.  We decided to spend the day touring what is known as the Golden Isles before making our way to Savannah.  What a great idea.  First stop, Jekyll Isle created by Mr. Hyde.  We are not kidding.  He was very "pleased with what he had created and found the accommodations to be quiet comfortable."  Indeed they still are, including a croquette field in front of the former club, now hotel.  This isle existed specifically for the "well-to-do" around the turn of the century. It was specifically a members only club resort area in which the likes of Flagler, Rockefeller, Carnegie, JP Morgan, Crane, Goodyear and others built their cottages to spend it with like minded business men and their families.  Mind you, these cottages were not what you and I would call a cottage, but more like a mansion.  The area is completely restored to it's grandeur of the early 1900's and we could nearly see society gathering at the club as we strolled the walking paths. They were very comfortable here and often arrived by their yachts.  JP Morgan was famously quoted by saying "If one has to consider himself with cost, one should not being dealing in yachts."  Ellen was recently quoted something similarly regarding RV's by a service department.  HMMMM?

We enjoyed the area immensely and found our way over to the other side where we found the perfect beach, void of congestion and anything reminding us that we were in the 21st century.  We spent some time frolicking in the waters and we were greeted by a dolphin swimming by.  The pelicans too were enjoyable to watch as they would dive bomb the waters fishing for the day's catch.

We left that area and found ourselves ascending over another large modern day built bridge spanning over the waterways.  We dropped into St. Simmons Isle and walked out to the pier at the end of the village where once again we were greeted by a large pod of dolphins.  We enjoyed their peacefulness when we heard some ruckus at the other end.  A fisherman had caught a 44" shark off the pier.  We ran over and took some pictures before he threw it back.  It was 4 inches shy of the requirement to keep shark.  We've decided that we don't think it wise to swim near a pier as you may become shark bait.

We decided to take the recommendation of the gentleman in the convenience store and climb the lighthouse as there were some awesome views.  Indeed there were and the breeze up there was divine.  The men had some height challenges that they met head-on, but had no need to stay there for any length of time.  It was time to get back to the RV and leave anyway, as the park attendant's attitude resembled Mrs. Jekyll, not Mrs. Hyde. 

We wanted to also see, Sea Island, but it is now closed to the public.  You must have an invitation in order to be allowed onto the island.  The wealthy that live in and visit the Cloisters were tired of all the looky-loos and put an end to the useless traffic.  We discovered the G8 conference was recently held there. It sounds like the wealthy and decision makers of today just moved over an isle or two from yester year.

We headed for Savannah where we plan on staying for a couple days.  We settled in, ate some dinner and had some quiet family time.
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