As I’ve mentioned, next month I’m moving to Jekyll Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. Sun, sand, and salt marshes. This will be the first time I’ve lived near the ocean, but I spent my final spring break as a college student backpacking on Cumberland Island, the next one over from the one I’m moving to, which is preserved as a National Seashore. Cumberland (unlike Jekyll) can only be reached by ferry, and the number of people there at any one time is kept limited.
The beaches were the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen, white sand, no litter, very few people, studded with conchs and sand dollars. Inland from the beach was a forest of live oaks and palmettos, where armadillos were as common as squirrels are here in Ohio.
Jekyll is inhabited, and connected to the mainland via causeway. I know it’s not going to be this pristine. But I’m still excited.