1. Callahan, Florida—this sleepy, quiet town just south of the Georgia border is the closest ham radio license testing site. Why Chris wants a ham radio license is another question, but it was green and breezy and silent.
2. Kings Bay Naval Base—we crossed the border to check out this base, rumored to be pretty but really quite dull. All the interesting parts are blocked off.
3. Historic St. Mary, Georgia, on the waterfront—The ferry to Cumberland Island leaves from the dock. No time to do it justice today; we’ll come back for thorough shelling and camping soon (can’t wait to explore what used to be the Carnegie’s private island! And didn’t the Kennedys get married on the north end?!).
4. Lunch at Trolley’s (109 W Saint Marys St, St Marys, GA, 912.882.1525) on the wide veranda of the second floor overlooking the St. Mary River. I had a yummy crab cake burger, beer-battered fries and a Landshark. Chris had iced tea, a mediocre burger and somewhat raw fries, so he ate mine. We spread our free Georgia map (visitors center!) out on the table and planned our next destination. Hee hee, that’s so us.
5. Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island—this place was silent. Live oaks swathed in Spanish moss began to sway as a thunderstorm slowly rolled toward us across the water. I heard–then saw–a pair of red-headed woodpeckers…pecking on a tree branch. We watched the boring video about how this fort staked out England’s claim this far south. These soldiers sailed on St. Augustine, then St. Augustine’s soldiers sailed on them. The ruins of the magazines and barracks and the cemetery surrounded by impenetrable forest was a spooky setting for the onset of a booming storm (6515 Frederica Rd, St. Simons Island, GA, 912.638.3639)
6. The Wesley Memorial—Charles and John Wesley, who later founded Methodism, preached to the township on the Island before despairing of the people ever doing good, or something like that, and moving north to Savannah and later back to England. These paths wind through the garden surrounding the memorial. The memorial is on the grounds of Wesley United Methodist Church (6520 Frederica Rd, St Simons Island, GA, 912.634.1412)
7. Drove back to Jax through the downpour.
8. Opening night at Wise Guys (2403 3rd St S, Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250), the newest blues bar on the beach. We had pineapple-mango-rum drinks and fried pickles with wasabi sauce. I love wasabi and fried pickles, so of course they were delicious together. Yum!
9. Our usual rollerblading and run around our loop, then topped off with an old movie: “Breath of a Scandal,” which was weird and very European:
“Sorry, sir; it is impossible.”
“That seems to be your favorite word around here,” said the American hero.
And of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON! This whole trip was in honor of you (sort of). At lunch we saw St. Simons on the map, called and sang you happy birthday, then headed north to find it!