I was worried about how Amelia would do traveling and how she would like the beach. She did really well in the car, however, and she really enjoyed the beach!
I love St. George. It's a part of what is called the "forgotten coast," and it isn't as crowded or noisy as other beaches. It's for people who just want to enjoy the sun, sand, and the ocean. St. George is the perfect place to curl up with a book (or two...or three). The state park is especially nice - you can enjoy a whole chunk of the beach to yourself.
And, due in part to my Native American ancestry (if you don't believe me you should see my grandmother), I got a little darker. I'm not really interested in getting tan anymore - I'm too concerned with the plight of wrinkles and skin cancer - but I got a little sun to abate my pastiness. Poor Jeremy, however, spent a couple of hours in the sun to find himself miserably burned and red beyond imagination, even though we put sunblock on him. The worst part of the trip was probably his sunburn (well, that or our dirty beach house..ugh).
|He's wearing the long-sleeved t-shirt here for a reason.|
We had fun building sandcastles (that Amelia destroyed), playing in the waves, and walking down the beach. At nighttime, Amelia and I would walk into "downtown" St. George, which consists of a few restaurants and shops. We got ice cream one night at the famous Aunt Ebby's, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the sun setting gloriously over the bay behind the island. I honestly enjoyed our nighttime walks just as much as I enjoyed our daytime beach activities.
Like all good things, our trip came to an end before we knew it. I do enjoy the beach, but I'm definitely a Georgia girl at heart. The night of our return, we headed to Dahlonega to grab a bite to eat. After we crossed over the big bend with the "Welcome to Dahlonega" sign, I saw the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains. Their beauty just called to me. It spoke of home. There's just something so earthy and almost mystical about where I live...I enjoy the beach, but I belong near the mountains.
I'm thankful for our trip, glad to be home, and enjoying the last few days of my summer. Time is running quickly through this sieve of life, and my summer will soon be over. In the midst of oceans and mountains, however, I've been able to get some wonderful rest, and I'm grateful for it.