I want this to be the year where I focus more on adventures and less on consuming. Some of the adventures may take place in my backyard and some may take place across the country. Nothing is off limits. The only thing that is required is being open to the spirit of fun and possibilities.
Photo courtesy of goldenisles.com
Our first little adventure may be of some interest to locals. We live about an hour away from Jekyll Island. If you are not familiar with it here is a little history.
n 1733, General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, his friend and financier from England. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting club for families with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Baker. The once private retreat is now part of The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, one of the largest preservation projects in the southeast. In 1947, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature established Jekyll Island as a State Park.
It is a beautiful island and the beaches are not as busy as many of the others close by. On my Instagram I follow an account called Explore Georgia, and that is how I found out about the little adventure we took on Tuesday. It’s called Island Treasures, this is where Jekyll Island hand picks artists from across the country to create one of a kind glass ornaments for it’s annual Treasure event which takes place starting every January 1, and ending on February 28. Anywhere from two to five glass balls are hidden each day, (no specific time it could be any time of the day) somewhere on the island. It could be on the beach but it doesn’t have to be. They will be hidden in plain sight, but not on the dunes, marshes, or private property.
After reading about it I thought it sounded like the perfect activity for us to dive into. It was a rainy day here but the temps were in the 70’s so we decided to head out in between showers in search of our glass ball. I knew the chances of us finding one of them were slim but that wasn’t really the point. The point was having fun in the search, seeing some places we haven’t discovered before and doing something together as a family. We succeeded in that. Although no ball was found we had fun and will probably do it again before it ends in February.
If you live close by you may want to head over to the island and see if you can be one of the lucky few to find one of these unique glass balls! If you do be sure and let me know!
Here’s a map to help you get started.