St. Simons Island
|August 6, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Georgia, Travel, Weekend|
I am a beach lover. I always have been. I am happiest and most relaxed when I am by the water. I grew up making trips out to San Diego to get my ocean fix since Arizona is obviously mainly desert and water is a relatively foreign concept. Therefore I am absolutely thrilled to be living near the ocean for the first time in my life. When we found out we were moving to Savannah, Chris and I made a pact that we would do our best to really EXPERIENCE as much of the area as possible. I am glad to say that in the year we have lived here we have been doing just that.
This last weekend we visited a new-to-us beach in southern Georgia on St. Simons Island. St. Simons Island is about an hour away from where we live just outside of Savannah. With it being Interstate the whole way down there it didn’t take long at all. Before we knew it we were on the beach and setting up for a beautiful day.
We got down to the beach around 10:30 AM before it was too crowded. The tide was out which made for some awesome wading pools that were right up Emmie’s alley! We set up camp with our friends and got down to business.
Emmie is truly a beach baby. If she could be playing in the sand and jumping in the waves all day every day she would. She is just like her mama and is her happiest when by the water.
Pretty quickly we started getting hungry. Emmalyne signaled that she was hungry by raiding our cooler.
Sometimes we pack our lunch for the beach but often times we are going somewhere new Chris and I like to try out a local restaurant. We decided on ordering take-out from Gnat’s Landing Bar and Girll (yes – that’s how they spell it). I ordered the grouper sandwich and it didn’t disappoint. Their tartar sauce was among the best I have ever had! The fries left something to be desired but the sandwich made up for it.
Emmie is fearless when it comes to the ocean. She will literally walk right out into the waves. She also loved sitting down in the waves and having them hit her in the face. When we had enough of that, we would go sit in the wading pools and play with her bucket and shovel. Chris laid down at one point and confused the heck out of Em. She just kept saying “Daddy – what doing?”. HA.
This is probably one of our favorite beaches so far and may become or new norm. While Tybee Island is less miles from us, the amount of time in the car is about the same. Plus, this beach seemed more laid back and family oriented. Also, there were bathrooms, showers, and parking was free. Can’t beat any of that.
We ended up staying at the beach until about 3PM when a small rain shower rolled in. Since Em hadn’t napped yet we figured it was a good time to load up and head home. As soon as Emmalyne was in Chris’ arms heading to the car she started to fall asleep. She was OUT within 5 minutes of being strapped in. I call that a successful day
These are the moments I live for and never want to forget. At one point Chris and I realized that next summer we will get to bring both our girls to the beach and I just can’t wait for the memories.