Jekyll Island has been on my radar for years as a place to stop on our way to Florida. I was interested in the 20 miles of bike trails around the island. We decided to stop on our way south this time. We arrived in the afternoon of Saturday. It was very nippy and not suitable for biking. However I had a plan. Jekyll Island is on the the barrier islands that sea turtles use for laying eggs. On Jekyll Island is one of the world’s Sea Turtle Hospitals. All American Sea Turtles are endangered so having a hospital to heal the injured is a big deal.
The first thing at the hospital is a learning station with lots of information about sea turtles. Included is a map of Americorp Volunteers that have worked at the center. Since Amy was in Americorp, I was interested.
We found Driftwood Beach our first day. Such a cool spot and its only 0.75 miles from our campsite.
We would like to talk to a local geologist. The literature I could find said that longshore drift is causing the obvious erosion of the beach at the North end of the island. We think part of the issue is the rise of the ocean, but that is a guess on our part at this point. This is the South end of the island where sand is being deposited.
The trouble as we see it is that it is also being eroded at the same time.
This is low tide and the trees here are being buried. The birds don't mind.
The island has the bike paths we came for and some go directly to the beach. This is what we did on the beach. Sat around and watched the waves and birds! Its a great place to go camping.