Here are the two salty dogs and Bob enjoying a walk at the southern tip of St. Simons Island, near the pier and the lighthouse. We just scratched the surface of what there is to see on this lovely island, the largest of the Golden Isles, which include Jekyll and Sea Islands.
Down by the water’s edge is a highly-rated lighthouse and fantastic old trees — two of my favorite subjects — so I was in photo heaven.
The original octagonal lighthouse was built in 1811 and destroyed in the Civil War. It was replaced in 1872, electrified in 1934 and automated in 1954. Still operational today, the light flashes every 60 seconds at night, and the structure also functions as a museum.
Just north of the village is a park of stately live moss-covered oaks, some of which grow in the middle of the road.
Three majestic oak trees grow on a low earthen mound which serve as a natural monument for the more than 30 Indians buried there. A settlement flourished here more than two centuries before the first Europeans touched shore.
I could talk about Gullah culture and the slave houses that were constructed with cement made of lime, sand, water and oyster shells, but we had so little time, we could only catch a glimpse of this fascinating history of St. Simons.
As for boat culture, there are several marinas on St. Simons, all of which must contend with nine-foot tides and strong currents. As a result, all the docks must be floating docks to allow cruisers to get on and off their boats safely.
The St. Simon inlet is wide and deep and is considered very safe in all weather. It would sure be fun to come back this way on our sailboat. Who knows?