Sunday, May 27, 2012

A quick trip to Tybee!

Tybee Island is a small cute island at the mouth of the Savannah River, "just over the bridge" from downtown Savannah. One of the reasons I wanted to visit it was that it played an important part in one of the books I had read awhile back and I couldn't wait to see some of the places that was in the story...that, and it has a lighthouse! ;-) Two, if you count Cockspur. Cockspur Island is really just a spit of sand out in the water that is only reachable by boat. It withstood the battle at Ft. Pulaski. During the long-range bombardment more than 5000 shells passed over the light. The Cockspur Light survived the battle and remains today as one of only five lighthouses in Georgia.

Tybee Lighthouse was built in 1887 and is thought to be the tallest and oldest lighthouse in Georgia. It, and all the support buildings on the 5-acre site remain intact and open to the public.

Putting all the history of the lighthouses aside, Tybee Island was a hoot to visit! The day we were there it was beginning to rain, but that didn't seem to dampen the festivities of the folks there to enjoy "Beach Bum Weekend"! We weren't sure what all that was to entail, but a parade that included squirting water was evident! We skirted around that one, and just tootled around the island a little to enjoy their eclectic living style. Fun.

If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at:

...kicking back in Georgia, Marie

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