A Very Cross Wind...

Trip Start Jan 22, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

As we planned our slow trip back up North we decided to make another stop in Georgia.  Savannah is one of our favorite places and we thought we'd try staying at a spot a bit more inland.  We chose Brunswick because we had never been there and we liked the idea of it being part of the "Golden Isles".  That term refers to Brunswick, St. Simons, Little St. Simons and Jekyll Island.  They are all in close proximity and known for their natural surroundings on the sea.

As we left St. Augustine for Georgia we found that it was going to be a windy trip.  As the wind continued Jeff had me check the Weather Channel on my phone.  It was noon and the weather report right up the coast and particularly for Brunswick was " Tornedo watch until 8:00 p.m.  Winds of 45-60 mph expected".  So as we proceeded up route 95 through Jacksonville, the winds started to blow across the road.  Now Jeff has noted in the past, our motorhome is little more than  a 13' by 33' fiberglass sail, and when the wind hits us sideways it can be a load of fun, and hit us it did.  Our little home on wheels kept going to the right side of the road, and when we got to this very high and very long suspension bridge just outside of Jacksonville, it got a bit scary.  Jeff said , "don't worry, all those big bridge cables will keep us from plunging 200 feet down."  However when we got past those supports, a huge gust caught us, and moved us over several feet closer to the edge, but Jeff regained control and we continued on our way fighting the wind until we got to Brunswick.  Once there the T.V. kept telling us about those tornado warnings passing right through our area.  At one point when Kathie was preparing dinner a gust rocked the RV so strongly that Kathie dropped to the floor thinking lower was better!  That did make typically unflappable Jeff sit up and take notice but he had already identified a safety area on the campground if needed so he quickly recovered.  Happily, soon after that incident the rain started and the wind calmed down.  It wasn't necessary for us to evacuate to Jeff's "safe place" in the cinder block bath house and life was good for another night!

The next day we spent exploring the Golden Isles and decided that "Jekyll Island" is our favorite.  In its heyday it was vacation home to some of America's rich and famous families.  The Jekyll Island Hotel is a sprawling complex of historic homes surrounded by lush grounds, golfers, bikers and tennis players.  Today it is simply a beautiful island with 7 miles of quiet beaches and lots of wildlife. We had a wonderful lunch at a beach side restaurant and then bundled up to walk the beach in search of shells.  We happened to go walking at very low tide and found few shells but over 20 perfect sand dollars in the short time we hunted. We were thrilled to be so successful in our search!

So after two nights in Brunswick Kathie once again puts herself in the navigation seat to plan our next stop.  Round and round and round she goes; where she stops nobody knows!

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