Tuesday, January 23, 2007

January 19, 2007 St. Simons Island, GA

(We are catching up on the blog so here goes…you can skip the narrative but the pictures are great!)

We arrived in St. Simons on Friday afternoon. This is the home to Rick’s kindergarten friend, Gayle, and his wife, Dee. They met us at the boat then took us to their lovely home. We then toured The Cloister in Sea Island, GA which is just a few minutes away. You may remember that this is where the G-8 Summit was held in 2004. It is both a hotel and country club where the very rich hang out. Because of its age the old buildings were leveled and then rebuilt. It is simply marvelous. It is very old world, and no money was spared in the reconstruction. Below are pictures of the G-8 conference table and of Rick sitting where the President sat. The whole place was breathtaking. We were treated to a wonderful dinner in the old village section of St. Simons. Rick and I tried dirty martinis and enjoyed them very much!! All in all, a fun reunion with great friends who we will see on the trip back north. Gayle and Dee have a huge grapefruit tree and they shared several of them with us which we have been enjoying for breakfast. Gotta love the south!! Below Rick and Gayle.

Lobby of The Cloister.

G-8 Summit table and Rick sitting where the President sat.

Shrimp boats at low tide.
This is the house where The Big Chill and The Great Santini were filmed.

We passed this English long boat on the way south. What a surprise to see one in the ICW! They are specially built, 7ft wide, to transit the 9ft wide canals in England. Notice all the flowers.