By Sam Burnham
The Summer Road Trip carried us further to the south, to Glynn County. Jekyll Island is a true Georgia jewel.
Our visit started at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
Speaking of beaches and habitats, we made a stop at Driftwood Beach, along the northern shore of the island. The beach is strewn with dead and bleached out trees lying on a strip of sand that is buffered from the waves by a coarse layer of rock. Among the racks are small dips and pits that form small pools that are teeming with life. Fish, mollusks, small crab, and other small sea life can be seen in the pools. Shells are caked on the rocks in thick layers that you can't even pry apart. Many of the shells are still inhabited. It's hard to tell where life ends and death begins, where the ocean ends and land begins. The elements sort of fade into each other.
It's not what most folks would think of as a beach. There are sure to be a few folks sitting out in the sun or splashing in the waves but the crowds of sunbathers sitting next to umbrellas on a broad strip of white sand is not Driftwood Beach. To me, it's perfect. To me, it's iconic Georgia.
Historian, self-proclaimed gentleman, agrarian-at-heart, & curator extraordinaire