Next Stop: Florida

Landside view
Waterside view as we were leaving – quite the ship!

While still in Brunswick, as a large blue ship & over 40 trucks arrived, we learned a Marvel movie was being filmed.  For the next few nights, a portion of the upcoming “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is being filmed here.  The centerpiece appears to be 327′ offshore support vessel named “Harvey Sub-Sea”.  It is a nearly new ship built as a “swiss army knife” of support ships – it has several types of very heavy duty cranes, a 24′ x 24′ moon pool, a huge helicopter pad, can lay underwater cables & lots of features perfect for any action movie!

Brunswick had even more going on than just the Golden Ray salvage operation & the Marvel movie being filmed.  Within sight of the marina is the courthouse where the Ahmaud Arbury murder trial has begun with scores of demonstrators & dozens of media satellite trucks.

THIS is a “leisure trail” – Us bucks agree!

Our next stop at Jekyll Island is one of our favorites & a calming break.  Compared to Hilton Head, much quieter, much better scenery, no leaf blowers & no security to chase me down!  Seriously, the trails thru Jekyll Island are remarkable, mostly away from any roads, crossing thru maritime forests, hammocks & all types of habitats, until they glide along the most magnificent sandy ocean beach.

Jekyll Island, like most islands, has a fascinating history.  People have been visiting for over 3,500 years.  At first, Native Americans seasonally visited the island to hunt, fish & gather shellfish.  More recently from the 1880’s thru to post-WWII, Jekyll Island Club was built on the north end of the island for the wealthy elite.  After the war, the resort had begun it’s decline physically & the wealthy moved on.  Fortunately, the State of Georgia purchased the island in 1947.  Unfortunately, maintaining the island became too much for the State.  Fortunately in 1950, the idea of a quasi-public/private partnership was developed forming the Jekyll Island Authority, which manages the island persevering most of the island, while still allowing somewhat limited development – the best of both worlds.

In a few days, we’ll be crossing the Georgia Florida line & onward to Vero Beach for a month or so, with a likely Bahamas crossing on our mind.

2 thoughts on “Next Stop: Florida

  1. Interesting history. How far down do you usually go before jumping over to the Bahamas? Also, do you prefer Abaco’s area or down south around Georgetown? I’ve watched YouTube vids and read many things about Georgetown, it looks to be a fun place for maybe a few weeks? Someday I will do it myself. Safe Travels.

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    • Every year we cross from & to a little differently. While we spend the majority of our time in the Exumas, we almost always spend a few weeks in the Abacos on the way or way back.

      I’m sure you WILL get down to Georgetown someday!

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