Unfortunately, three things conspired against this plan.
One, we didn't get out the door very quickly. We're working on organization. It takes practice.
Two, we brought the dog. Our dog has had heat stroke more than once, so we have to be very careful with her. Our tent spot was more sunny than shaded, so she was already getting hot while we pitched the tents and ate lunch. Then we had to walk a sandy path to get to the water. Loose sand is extremely hot, and the poor pup's paws were on fire. Then we got to the cool water, which was great, except that the waves freaked her out. She tried to attack them. We tried taking her a bit deeper and past the breaking waves, but she seemed to be gagging. I took her up on the beach, but it was too hot. I took her back to the water, and she attacked the waves.
Finally, we went for a walk. She really calmed down then, but I soon realized it was because she had swallowed so much salt water that she felt ill. She threw up twice on the beach (and once in the van on the way back to camp), and also had some diarrhea. Back at camp, she drank a gallon of fresh water, but refused food until we returned home. She burrowed her wet body into the sandy soil that made our campsite, and was absolutely miserable the whole night.
|Dog attacking waves.|
|Calm dog walking on beach, pre-vomit.|
|The camera scares her, too, so she really wasn't liking me at all at this point.|
|So happy to go home, that she doesn't mind discarded crocs on top of her.|
Next time, I think we'll kennel her.
It was nice, though, to have her around at whatever time of the night when I awoke suddenly thinking there was some person or creature scratching at the side of the tent. I scared Bill half to death when I shook him as I called out, "Who's there?" It was just Peter rolling around and kicking the wall of the tent making it move. Immediately after waking Bill, I had a moment of clarity and said, "It can't be anything or the dog would bark." Both she and Bill wished I would have thought of that before waking them up.
The final thing that prevented a fully enjoyable time at the beach was the thunderstorm that rolled in. We had left our tents open to prevent heat build-up, but that meant rain would get in. I'd rather have a hot tent than a wet tent, so we had to get back before it poured.
|Peter, deciding that balancing was too dangerous|
|Dead wood + water = lots of fun for kids|
|When I was down beside the sea...a plastic spade they gave to me...|
|This is Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. It's cool.|
|Shrimp boat heading out to sea. St. Simons Island in the background.|
|Shrimp boat in the sound with mainland Georgia and a thunderstorm behind it.|
|Almost a nice picture. Wish I had snapped a few more.|
|In her own world.|
|These little white pebbles all up and down the shore are baby clams.|
|Cruise ship, driftwood, thunderstorm.|
|Extreme fishing. Lightening, what lightening?|
|Brief respite before it started to rain.|
|What they were doing when I said, "It's raining! We have to GO!"|
We'll try this again, soon. Maybe we'll go down on a Friday afternoon and set up camp and Bill can meet us after work. We'll leave the dog, so we won't have to worry about her getting hot, sick or scared. And we'll leave the tents closed up so that we don't have to hurry back when it starts to rain. There's nothing we can do about the weather, though. This time of year, there's almost always a chance of thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon.