We left the Oaks RV Resort in Yemassee around 8:45 a.m. In the photo at the left you can see that our site was a bit tight with the slides extended. Also, on the way out there is the remnants of some sort of concrete contraption that makes the final turn a challenge – we made it OK but this place definitely need some attention.
Rather than take the time to make breakfast on board, we decided we would stop somewhere along Route 95. Boy what a mistake that was! Of course, with a rig this size, you can’t just pull into any parking lot, you have to search for a place that will accommodate a rig of our size. Using the Next Exit book that we have which lists all the lodging, restaurants, gas stations and stores at each exit, we decided we would stop at a Huddle House which ended up being about 30 miles down the road. When we pulled off the exit, lo and behold, there were no cars in the parking lot, no lights on and there was a huge dumpster next to the building. Okay, consulting the book again, this time we chose a Shoney’s quite a few exits later. What a surprise when we arrived there and found that one shut down as well! Finally, after driving about 50 miles into GA, we stopped at a Perkins around 10:30 a.m.! Next time I think I’ll just make breakfast.
Driving along Route 95 this entire leg, our trip was fairly uneventful. Before we left The Oaks, I called to make a reservation at the Jekyll Island Campground but unfortunately they didn’t have any sites for a rig our size. Since that is the only campground on Jekyll Island we opted to find a place in nearby Brunswick. We were able to make a reservation at Blythe Island Regional Campground and arrived there around 1:30 p.m. Although the interior roads are somewhat narrow, they are very well marked and the sites (our pull through site is #85) are packed gravel and are long, fairly wide and spacious. Each site has a small cement pad and some privacy between due to brush and trees.
The campground is actually part of a regional park and the main entrance has a gate that locks at 7PM – an access code is provided so you can still come and go after that. The facility seems well cared for and the sewer and electric on our site appeared new. Voltage was adequate at 115 and water pressure was excellent. OTA TV reception was nil, but cable is provided and this was the first time I was able to get the TiVo “online guide” to work with the cable service provided. Verizon service on our MiFi was adequate and Sprint was marginal at 0-2 bars. The property WiFi had a strong signal and required no password or registration, however in the late afternoon it bogs down to the point of being unusable. Also for you campfire fans, each site comes with a fire ring – although you are not allowed to gather wood, you need to bring or buy it.
Rob put up the kitty kabana (see right) – funny how they remembered that from last year so the kids spent the afternoon in that while we explored the island. There was also a moment(see below) when Chooey was bonding with Alvin – or is that him licking his chops?
From what we saw in our short drive, Jekyll Island looks really nice, kind of like a small, much quieter and much less commercial Hilton Head. The area is known as the Golden Isles and is made up of four small islands – Jekyll, St. Simons, Little St. Simons and Sea Island. We’ll be exploring all of them on Saturday.
We’ll post more later today…..