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Topic: Write a Travelogue (11/06/14)
TITLE: St. Simons Island
By lynn gipson
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I turned right just a few yards off of the bridge into a forest of beautiful live oak trees, followed the two lane road, and drove no more than 25 miles per hour on the winding road to the heart of the island, where a quaint little village lies just before the Atlantic Ocean.
I felt God everywhere as I came to this breathtaking little piece of heaven. I stopped at the Third of May Café and had some of the most delicious down home southern cooking I had ever tasted. I browsed through the ancient book store and found titles I had never seen before.
The ocean breeze gentled my mind and eased my aching heart. I had just ended a relationship with someone I cared very deeply for, but in my heart, I knew it just wasnâ€™t to be. A friend had offered me a job on the island, and I jumped at the chance.
God was surely watching out for me at this time in my life, to afford me the opportunity to live there. The job only lasted a year, but it was one of the best years of my life. I felt so close to His presence while I lived there, and He healed me with the splendor of His glorious creation.
In the heart of the island there are century old live oak trees with limbs that grow so close to the ground one can actually sit on them. To the right of the small village is the beach, where I spent a good bit of time lying and gazing at the sea, communing with God.
Bed and Breakfast places do a thriving business there, and are some of the finest I have ever seen. I stayed at one for a weekend as a treat to myself, and never wanted to leave.
The entire island is only 14 miles long, has three two lane roads that wind right back to the village. The roads are all lined with majestic oak trees and the speed limit is no more than 35 miles per hour.
On the main road, there are plenty of places to shop, but donâ€™t be surprised if you come to a red light and find yourself behind a horseback rider. Horses and golf carts have the right of way there.
Speaking of golf carts, you will find the finest golf courses in the world on St. Simons Island. They are lush, green and spacious.
Black crows and beautiful birds are everywhere you go. At the outdoor cafes, they mingle with the patrons as if they hadnâ€™t a care in the world. Birds and squirrels are very fat from the smorgasbord of acorns from the oak trees.
I would recommend this place to anyone who longs for a peace filled vacation. Go to St. Simons, and leave your cares behind. I wish I could have stayed forever.
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