Spending a few days near the Cumberland Island National Seashore, the largest barrier island in Georgia, we did a little exploring. The town of Saint Marys rests quietly along the water’s shores. Although it seemed old and worn out, some of the old antebellum homes have been restored as Bed and Breakfast for those who want to get away from it all. The owners placed plaques dated early 1800s on their buildings. To us Americans that’s really old. A little research revealed the areas amazing history. A Timucuan Indian village first sat where the town was founded in 1787. The area was considered so strategic the English, Spanish, French speaking Acadian refugees, called Cajuns, and Americans battled over the land. The War of 1812, the American Revolution, and the Civil War were fought there, plus raids by smugglers and Native Americans.
Now, Kings Bay Navel Submarine Base is home to eight of America’s Ohio-class submarines. Hopefully, the one in the grass wasn’t one of them.
Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarines are the largest built for the US Navy. In Georgia they have fourteen ballistic missile subs and four guided missile subs. I feel a little like I might be sharing national secrets, but this is obviously public knowledge. Learning about our military protection always makes me think how much I take for granted the people and equipment protecting our country.
Amelia Island, Florida
Driving twenty miles south, we were in Florida. Jim heard Amelia Island was a nice place and it was charming. The original town buildings were across the road and railroad tracks from the waterfront. People slowly strolled by and into the unique shops filled with interesting treasures.
Eight flags have flown over the Island with a history of war as far back as the 1500s. Today the little waterfront town has two lumber mills, a very nice channel where brilliant white boats wait along the dock. A waterfront restaurant had a continual crowd so after checking out the community we decided to join them for a late lunch. The weather was perfect for sitting outside on the deck overlooking the channel, and watching the boats came and went. I loved the movement of the white fluffy clouds against the bright blue sky, and the variety of sea birds that swooped past.
Our server suggest blackened Mahi Mahi and shrimp on rice with red peppers and … It was so delicious that when we finished and he told us about the peach bread pudding, we tried it too. After all, it gave us an excuse to linger at our table in the beautiful Florida breeze a little longer.
Excited to finally be in Florida we drove into Jacksonville for church and shopping.
Traveling Blessed USA