2013 Flight to Florida travel blog

T-rex hockey player

Tybee Island is the eastern terminus of US 80 - as the...

Grat white at Waves

Tybee Lighthouse

155mm howitzer similar to the artillery peices my Dad's unit towed in...

The beach at Tybee Island - not a good day for sunbathing

Fish Art Gallery

One of several fiberglass sea turtles around Tybee Island

The Crab Shack exterior

A beer and shellfish inside the Crab Shack

We took a short trip to Tybee Island today. It looks a lot like many of the other seashore towns along the coast that do not have alot of condo's and high rises. The island was named by the Indians and was settled when Georgia first became a colony. The early colonial Navy captured the first British ship of the Revolutionary War in 1775 off the coast of Tybee. It played a role in the Civil War as a base for Union artillery to bombard Fort Pulaski located just up river. Fort Screvens was built on Tybee in 1898 for coastal artillery that guarded the approaches of the Savannah River and was active from the Spanish-American War to after WWII.

Located near the fort is the Tybee Lighthouse. It was completed in 1736 and at 90 ft was the tallest in the colonies. It has been rebuilt at least 3 times with the most recent after the Civil War. You can climb to the top, but we chose not to do that today.

Tybee Island is a treasure trove of roadside attractions. The first one we came upon was a T-rex dressed in hockey gear. It appears the owner is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. The next was a huge fiberglass great white shark outside a beach shop. Then we found the "honey hole" of oddities - The Fish Art Gallery. It's dominated by a junk art mermaid and a bunch of manikin legs. The featured artist Ralph Douglas Jones makes fish sculptures from just about any piece of junk you can imagine. He also created "Ralphael the Flying Turtle" from scrap metal. Along with the sculptures, the store sells a variety of flotsam and jetsam from local beaches as well as anything else they can lay their hands on. It looks like a place where alot of the stuff from American Pickers ends up.

Before heading back to the KOA, we had dinner at the Crab Shack at the recommendation of the woman working in the Fish Art Gallery. When we got there, I could understand why. They have similar styles, but the Crab Shack motif is dominated by alligators including a pond of live ones that the kids can feed. It reminds me of a place in Kissimee that our boys went to along time ago called Gatorland Zoo where they entertained the visitors by dangling a chicken on a rope over the gators that would jump and chomp on the chicken. The only problem was we visited the place in early February and it was so cold they couldn't get the gators to move. Not a problem today, as one of the kids dropped some meat on a "fishing pole" to the gators that gladly took it.

We had a great Low Country Boil with sausage, potatoes, stone crab claws, king crab, mussels, shrimp, and crawfish. Topped it off with cheesecake and chocolate on chocolate cake. By the time we left the Crab Shack the rain had started. Looks like it will be a wet night. Hope it stops by morning so I don't have to get soaked while I get Winnie ready to move to our next destination - Fripp Island.

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