Southeast Coast Trip – Day 1 (Georgia/South Carolina)

I had been planning for a few years on spending some time in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia to hang out with my niece and go to some of my old stomping grounds around the area, but wasn’t sure when I’d be able to pull this off. So when I heard about my niece’s college graduation at the beginning of May and how my dad and sister were also going to be there, I knew this was the right time to go. And with my new hobby of going to lighthouses along with all the new disc golf courses I haven’t played yet along the east coast, it was really fun and exciting just planning the trip. After getting all my reservations taken care, I headed out Friday afternoon after work and made my first stop four hours later in Daytona Beach for a quick round at Tuscawilla Park, one of my favorite disc golf courses in Florida. I then continued north to a campground just over the Florida-Georgia border. As I made my way up to Georgia, it started to rain a bit, but I was hoping it would let up by the time I pitched my tent. It did for a while, but then proceeeded to rain the rest of the night and into Saturday morning.

After waking up in a wet tent, I drove half an hour up north in Georgia to Saint Simons Island and the disc golf course there. After a couple soggy rounds, I headed to the Saint Simons lighthouse, but was dismayed to discover that it wasn’t open due to renovations. I’ve been to this light before, but never climbed to the top, which I was hoping to finally do. Looks like I will have to wait a bit longer. At least the rain finally stopped and the sun came out. My next stop was a couple hours up north to Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island, which is just east of Savannah.

Fort Pulaski is an old Civil War fort, and I just happened to get there in time for the cannon-firing exhibition. And both the fort and the cannon were quite impressive. And loud! I next went to the Tybee lighthouse where I was able to climb to the top for some great aerial views of the island. I then checked out the museum across the street that used to be an old war battery. I then enjoyed a nice walk along the beach, where I got some more nice photos of the lighthouse. I then took a dolphin-watching boat trip where I not only saw quite a few dolphins but also Cockspur Island lighthouse, along with some great water views of the Tybee light.

I then made my way across the border into South Carolina and over to Hilton Head and the Harbour Town lighthouse. It was cool seeing this light during a professional golf tournament on TV just a couple weeks earlier, and now I was at the top of the lightouse looking down on that same golf course where a wedding was taking place. After thoroughly enjoying the scenery there, I drove just up the road to the Leamington lighthouse, which is located in a private country club. I was able to get a pass to go in, and got to mark off another lighthouse off my checklist. I next went to the disc golf course in Hilton Head, but heard the course was being worked on and not all the baskets were in the ground. So I decided to skip the course and drive the couple hours to the campground at Hunting Island State Park. It seemed like it took forever to get there but I finally found the park and also found a nice restaurant right up the road called the Johnson Creek Tavern, where I enjoyed a stuffed flounder dish. I camped out again, but this time in perfect camping weather which allowed my tent to dry out.

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