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The Golden Isles

The Golden Isles

It’s been a while since my last getaway. To be exact, it’s been six months since I took a solo trip to Montreal, Canada. I felt it was time to take another relaxing and stress-free mini vacation. A solo trip was just what I needed. I was my own captain. I decided where to  go and what to see. I chose The Golden Isles.

My plan was to drive down The Golden Isles along I-95 to gather a photo collection of all the great things the Georgia coast has to offer. To be realistic, there are hundreds of attractions along the Georgia coast but I only had one weekend to do it. So I created an itinerary for my road trip to hit all the neat places I wanted to see and experience.

The Golden Isles from Google Image

The Golden Isles from Google Image.

Itinerary

Atlanta to Savannah

Savannah/Tybee Island

Arrive at St. Marys

Saturday:

Explore St. Marys

Cumberland Island

Sunday:

Jekyll Island

Head back to Atlanta

I also had an agenda on this trip. My purpose was to check off The Golden Isles Photography Scavenger Hunt. Think of it like any other scavenger hunt. My goal was to find and capture the essential beauty that makes the Georgia coast so unique. To keep the trip light and fun, I jotted down 10 things to look for on the trip. These are the staples and scenes I know I will see along the Georgia coast. Here is my list.

The Golden Isles Photography Scavenger Hunt:

  1. Southern meal at a historic restaurant
  2. Lighthouse
  3. Boats at a coastal town
  4. Driftwood
  5. The marshland
  6. Spanish Moss
  7. Wild horses on Cumberland Island
  8. The Dungeness Ruins
  9. A historic bed and breakfast
  10. Sunrise/sunset on the water

Take a look at what I captured. I successfully completed my list and then some.

Savannah

Savannah's River Street.

Savannah’s River Street.

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The Olde Pink House Restaurant in Savannah.

The Olde Pink House Restaurant in Savannah.

Inside The Olde Pink House.

Inside The Olde Pink House.

A Southern classic. Fried Chicken Liver with grits and fried spinach.

A Southern classic. Fried Chicken Liver with grits and fried spinach.

Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Non-traditional Pecan Pie has caramelized local pecans sandwiched between melted milk chocolate.

Non-traditional Pecan Pie has caramelized local pecans sandwiched between melted milk chocolate.

Tybee Island

The Lighthouse on Tybee Island.

The Lighthouse on Tybee Island.

The Lighthouse Museum on Tybee Island.

The Lighthouse Museum on Tybee Island.

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Driftwood on Tybee Island.

Lifeguard post on Tybee Island

St. Marys

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Cumberland Island

The Dungeness Ruins

The Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

Wild Horses on Cumberland Island

Wild Horses on Cumberland Island.

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Jekyll Island

Into the marshland.

Into the marshland.

Driftwood Beach

Driftwood Beach

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Looking back, I think the scavenger hunt really made this trip an adventure. Although I’m competing with myself in this hunt, knowing that I got what I came for made me a little giddy and extremely proud of what I can accomplish on my own.

If you were to create your own Golden Isle road trip and scavenger  hunt, what will you hope  to see and do?

-Chan

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