Sunrise, Driftwood and Sea Turtles
Day 4. Jekyll Island, GA.
We woke up shortly after 6:00 a.m., grabbed a bite of breakfast, and drove to Driftwood Beach on the north end of the island to catch the 7:11 a.m. sunrise. It was SO worth it! Besides having to share this beautiful location with only a few other visitors (the day before the cars were lined up and down the street in this area), we were able to see a gorgeous sunrise on the most interesting beach! The "driftwood" is actually entire trees that have been uprooted due to erosion, and turned into what looks like giant pieces of driftwood over time. It was kind of eerie, like a graveyard for trees. We took the opportunity to take some cool photos to help us remember this awesome experience!
The weather was cloudy and threatening rain, but we were able to enjoy some hot tub time (Chloe and I) and a bike ride (Tom), while Jared got some work done. Shortly after noon, we rented a bike for Chloe and the three of us (Tom, Linda & Chloe) went on a little biking cruise. Chloe decided that this was the type of biking she loved! Slow and scenic. We rode up the beach, crossed the island to the Club area, and then found the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The GSTC is a hospital for sea turtles with awesome hands-on, interactive exhibits and a large gift shop (of course). We were able to "meet the patients" as the guide explained all of the reasons for which the sea turtles might be hospitalized. And they stressed the importance of watching out for turtles crossing the roads!
By 3:00 we were starting to get hungry and the winds and clouds were increasing with some thunder in the distance. We met Jared at Tortuga Jack's on the beach for some chips, salsa, guacamole and queso and drinks...enough to tide us over until supper. With renewed energy, we did a little shopping (mostly browsing) in the little village area. The clouds finally burst open with a little downpour while we were in the shops. To finish off our day, we went to the Driftwood Bistro and enjoyed a wonderful dinner! I had shrimp and grits for the first time and was not disappointed!