Well, the Mothership, Libby and crew have finally departed on this Summer's adventure. Our first stop of this year was in Brunswick, GA at Coastal Georgia RV Resort for the Tiffin RV Network Spring rally. It is our first TRVN rally and I finally got to me many of the people I interact with all the time on the Tiffin forums. There are some really sharp people here who collectively know just about everything there is to know about these units and are very free with their information. Coastal Georgia RV Resort is a very nice park just off of I-95 with many full hook-up, 50 amp sites with plenty of room for or 72 coaches attending the rally. We have an open sky to the satellite and Verizon is also pretty good. Right after arriving here Tuesday, Dazzling Detailing came by and gave the Mothership a fantastic wash and wax along with some unbelievably bright, shiny wheels.
The rally started Wednesday and continued until Sunday. Most of the time was spent going to seminars, meeting many new friends, and like most rallies, eating way too much. We were involved with the rally so much we didn't really get to do any touring until Sunday (today).
First thing this morning we headed for St. Simon's Island and Fort Frederica
. The fort was established by the British and James Oglethorpe in particular. He brought enough settlers over to start the town of Frederica and the fort to protect the British interests in the area from the Spanish. We were led on the tour by a very knowledgeable ranger, T. Johnson, who gave an hour tour covering the establishment of the townin 1736, the two major skirmishes occurring there, and the end of the town in the late 1750's.
After leaving Ft. Frederica, we headed for St. Simon's lighthouse and was delighted to find an "Art in the Park" festival in progress with all kinds of unique items that we somehow managed to avoid spending our money on. We then headed for the town of Brunswick itself and found the downtown area to be desolate on a Sunday afternoon. Like many communities, most of the retail has fled downtown to the suburbs and small shopping centers.
Next on the agenda was Jekyll Island State Park. Georgia has placed the entire island within the State Park to protect it. It is one of the few state parks we have encountered with a multitude of private homes and businesses within it. We didn't do much but drive around the island, again managing to stay away from all of the little shops on the island. We did manage to visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
on the island. The center focuses on rescue and rehab of the turtles so they can be returned to the wild. Interestingly enough, they were working on a gopher turtle (yeah, I know that isn't a sea turtle and I think they do as well) that had been injured by a dog attack and required quite a bit of minor surgery to try to get it back healthy. They had several sea turtles there as well that were in various stages of rehab with one of the loggerheads to be returned to the sea in the near future.