Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jekyll Island - Dedicated to Barbary who encouraged me to continue my Bucket List.

I visited Jekyll Island years ago when I was teaching Science. The entire 6th grade stayed there overnight and we attending various programs about the Tidal wetlands and inhabitants. So when my friend Leslie whom I have known for many years ( best friend to my daughter and still is) invited me to come with her and another friend I decided to go. Little did I envision what adventures Leslie was going to take me on and Little did Leslie envision what adventure I was going to take her on.
Leslie recently visited Russia and said that the Russian Tourists take Glamour Poses in front of Buildings, horses, churches etc. So Leslie now takes a glamour pose every time I took her picture. GWY stands for Glamour With You.

The First place that Leslie took me to was The Georgia Sea Turtle Center where they rehabilitate turtles and release them back into the ocean if they can, keep them if they can't or find a new home in a zoo or aquarium. 
First things first in order of importance was visiting the gift shop. They had this cool carving of turtle in a pumpkin because it was Halloween Weekend which we did celebrate. Here is another glamour pose with Leslie showing off her haute couture recycled plastic purse she got for her birthday present which keeps turtles safer (recycled Plastic Purse not birthday present). Turtles get caught in the plastic and suffocate or they eat the plastic thinking they are jellyfish and get very sick.
There was a giant fossil turtle hanging from the ceiling and then we went in.

Leslie is looking at her adopted Turtle Test which is not supposed to be there. You can adopt a turtle and help pay for their rehabilitation. You get twitter and emails concerning the turtle you adopt and can follow their progress with their homing device once they are released for about a year until the battery wears down or the device falls off. Test apparently liked the good life at the center and found his way back after twice being released from pretty far distances. Right now his guardians at the center are re-assessing the situation.

This is Ziva the Acrobatic Turtle. She came with some serious issues concerning the inability to dive and surface successfully ( I believe caused by some kind of injury) So her rehabilitation is to have weights put on her so she could learn how to balance again and surface and dive. You can see the black tape that holds one of her weights. She adores her TPT or Turtle Physical Therapist. She came right over to him and let him change her weights. Who knew that Turtles have personalities. This little turtle could be part of Turtle Cirque Del Soleil. Because of her in-balances, she has learned all kinds of acrobatic maneuvers that would put a dolphin to shame. This little adorable performer is going to Tempe Arizona to a zoo or aquarium there. They are constructing her new home right now and she will be an instant success. 
You can watch a video of Ziva here. Lower the sound the feedback is very loud. Don't worry if you can't understand the Naturalist, she is speaking Turtle Latin.

You can see the medical facility and even observe operations when a turtle is being cared for.
Rita, Judy and Leslie, 3 compatriots waiting outside The Stable for our first adventure of the weekend.  Leslie is very interested in paranormal activities.
Every Friday night in October, you can go on a tour of the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District. You are allowed to take pictures which is not usually allowed. The guides tell stories of the historical characters and ghosts and reported sightings.  We didn't see or hear any ghosts on the tour, but some of our pictures had the orbs in them.

The circles of light are the orbs. I googled orbs and some are dust and some are orbs. They used the stable to make a gift shop and even put a public bathroom in. You can see the numbers of horse stalls opposite the people stalls.
This is the master Master suite. The bed was tiny
 The master and mistress had separate suites.
I have no idea which houses we went into because I was too busy trying to find a spirit with no luck.
Leslie decided she didn't have enough excitement so off we went for
 an unguided tour of one of the oldest and spirit visited cemeteries on the Island. Guess who went with her into the cemetery.

This is the Du Bignon Burying Ground late late late late at night.
We had no light except for Leslie's cell phone and the flashes of the camera.
Judy stayed in the car and did put the headlights on about 1/4 mile up the road and then decided to let us see what it was like without the car lights. (no comment)
This is the gate to the ceremony. I did open it and then the gate would not close. I told Leslie that we were being invited in and in we went.
The cemetery had several graves and marble slabs with very long inscriptions rather like this blog. After a while I had enough and off we went .
Leslie in another Glamour Pose at the ruins and remains of the Du Bignon Homestead across the street.

Have you ever seen the advertisement on Television for Jamaica where they are riding horses on the beach?  Well welcome to one of the secret desires on my bucket list.
This is my sunset ride on the beach at Jekyll Island
courtesy of Three Oaks Farm Equestrian Services.
It did start off a little shaky  IE.... I had to get up on the horse.
A tad bit nervous..... My Horse's name was Lucky and he was a wonderful horse. He promised to be a gentleman and I promised not to be a nag. 
This is Leslie with Prince her horse in shining armor. Leslie is smiling here because she is off the horse. Needless to say, being on a horse on the beach at dusk was not one of Leslie's bucket list wishes. She did however decide to go thru with it and here is Leslie on her horse.
Our leader was Alex and she was training a horse. Her horse kept refusing to go anywhere and would back up in refusal into my horse. My horse's ears would change direction and I had to back up. Leslie's horse Prince decided that my horse's backside was the most interesting object on the planet. Leslie's horse now became known as Prince, aka Whoa Whoa, OK, Good Boy, Whoa Whoa. Gee haw was never a problem.
This is the sunset off the beach towards the end of the ride. It was spectacular.
Here is a picture of Leslie smiling once again against a beautiful sunset.
She really overcame a lot of fear to accomplish what she did.

The following day we visited a Light house and had lunch on Saint Simon where we visited yet another cemetery.

This one was on Sunday Morning.Judy and Leslie in front of a beautiful marble angel in the oldest part of the cemetery.

And finally one last item on my bucket list.
I wanted to hold another baby grandchild and that wish was granted as well.

Whats on your bucket list?


Frog Quilter said...

Your tale is quite amusing. Thanks for sharing your adventures into the paranormal.

gloria g. said...

Hi Rita. I am originally from Florida, so I too enjoyed this trip south.....I love turtles.....all kinds. Thanks for always sharing your wanderings. Your bucket list is wonderful. I grew up a barrel racer and rode everyday of my life until....marriage and children. It always made me happy to be on the back of a gentle giant, and some not so gentle. No matter how spirited they were, I loved every single moment. Glad to see you got to is a wonderful thing. Keep up the good work and again thank you for sharing. One thing on my bucket list is Sisters, OR. They seem to have lot's of quilters, lot's of shops and lot's of just quilts!!!!!!

Forever happy in quilting, gloria

Donnamo said...

LOL...that is what I did as I read your informative, interesting funny blog!

My Bucket list: go riding with you at Jekyle Island. The turtle center looks awesome too...oh and the gift shop.

Also fly to NYC to see lots of shows! Wanna go? (Stay near Broadway not out in the boonies)

Gabby said...

Well, I have always wanted to go there, and now I want to go with my daughter who LOVES sea turtles!
Love all the pictures, and the sunset horseback riding would be a dream come true for both of us!
Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Gabby said...

Well, I have always wanted to go there, and now I want to go with my daughter who LOVES sea turtles!
Love all the pictures, and the sunset horseback riding would be a dream come true for both of us!
Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Graham said...

That was a cool post! I loved all the photos. Turtles and old houses ghosts and sunset horseback rides! Great adventure! Fun friends! Thank you for sharing!:)

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