Some more history, old & new(er)!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Sunday, April 22, 2012

 A strange thing happens, at least to me, when you look at a map.  You find your destination and immediately start 'looking' around to see what there is to do.  Often times you don't find anything.  That's what happened here in Woodbine.  We chose this campground because it had easy access to I95 and it belonged to one of our membership programs, so we could stay for $12 a night. Also, it was only a short 30 miles from Jacksonville, FL and we were overdue for a Sam's Club visit, the fridge & freezer were wiped out by the kids visit! 

I've been at this traveling thing long enough to know that you can always find something to do, despite what you may find on the map!  That would happen here in Woodbine also. A short distance down the road from us is the town of St Marys. It is, in fact, located right across the river from Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island.  We started out with a hearty southern style breakfast at a local restaurant before spending a very pleasant half a day exploring St Marys.  

Our next day was given over to that previously mentioned trip to Sam's Club.  I'm not one to just go shopping, especially when the shopping is in a city I've never been to.  So, I plotted out one of my 'circle tours' which would end with our much needed re-stocking stop.  Our adventure would take us to Kingsley Plantation, a National Park site.  This was a very productive cotton plantation back in the 1820's.  In fact, the plantation was once home to over 200 slaves.  It is hard to picture now since the whole place is pretty overgrown.  Located a short distance down the road from the plantation is a 1920's golf clubhouse for the 'elite' of the day.  It is also now run and maintained by the National Park Service. 

A short ferry ride from these two attractions on Fort George Island would find us back on the mainland.  After a stop for lunch it was off to complete our shopping.  We arrived back in Woodbine just as the skies opened up and a much anticipated - and needed - thunderstorm hit!  I have to say that some of our best adventures have occured when there has been 'nothing to do, on the map'! 
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