We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heading down to Georgia now for a few days on an island nature preserve to get away from civilization. Hiking, biking, swimming, birding, snake-watching, gator-dodging. I want to see a big Indigo Snake and a Pine Snake. Will see Diamondback rattlers for sure because they are always sunbathing on bike paths. No stores, no TV, no a/c, no cars, no roads, no amenities etc. which is why it is somewhat expensive - but they have some electricity. No tennis or golf, and no pool - just Atlantic Ocean and lots of it. They do have an on-site naturalist, which is good. With luck, some fine greasy Southern cooking. It's been a while since I have had good biscuits and gravy, and my soul needs some. Shrimp 'n Grits would be welcome too.
Mrs. BD just warned me that, rustic as this place is, jacket and tie for cocktail hour and dinner. Also, trousers. It's a small, historic place you get to on a little fishing boat, like Little Saint Simon Island. I appreciate the maintenance of standards, just as they do at Gwynnie's hunting lodges in the middle of nowhere. I think it never hurts to wear jacket and tie on the plane, so you don't have to pack them. Civilized, too.
Set a good example, ya know? Why dress like a teen if you aren't one? Adults must represent dignity and appropriateness - in attire if not in behavior.
I love these islands so much and they are so so beautiful - there is just a special feeling to these coastal islands - the air and the light, in addition to the grounds, are so lovely. It sounds like you are staying on a certain island that I have visited for day trips but cannot afford to stay at overnight. Have a wonderful time!
Sometimes, in this world, the best possible thing for conservation is for a rich person to buy something huge and just put it in their back pocket and only visit for two weeks a year. No development, no crowds, no motels, no polluted beaches...no nothing.
This is why almost all the barrier islands in the southern U.S. are so beautifully preserved. All the robber barons bought them up and then later, one by one, they got donated as protected areas.
Ohh. . .before you go could you please take a minute to send me a link to a nursery in your part of the country; I am particularly interested in finding stock of Old Fashioned Concord Grape vines--you know--the ones that taste like Concord grapes.
A good complement to your island visit, only a few miles away, would be this. It's another one of those gems created by a robber baron family turned to philanthropy. http://www.whiteoakwildlife.org/visit/conservation-experiences/
Couldn't agree more. As a long time, full time resident of these barrier islands I would encourage anyone traveling down the east coast to stop by and enjoy St. Simons and Jekyll Island.
I discovered a long time ago that when you call a place paradise you can kiss it goodbye...well hold on there..not quite yet. The village area of St. Simons can be compared to Key West and Jekyll Island is state owned with just the right amount of beach front hotels and any retail is tucked back out of sight and low key.
Y'all come on down to Jaw-ga, you heah..