Along the Georgia
and Florida coasts,
precisely plots each
day’s activities to
tire out his pint-sized
BY FRED BRAMAN
30, Moondara, and his daughter, Paige,
age 10, was included in the crew. By
midday, everyone had arrived, and both
boats were filled with extra sleeping bags,
lots of snacks and soda, stuffed animals,
games, iPods, and a youthful exuberance
that grandparents love in children.
Bikes and beaches
Jekyll Island is a wonderful place for kids,
young and old. We planned three days
here, with biking the trails and beaches,
tours of the historic area, and a day at
the water park all on the schedule. First
up was a bike ride. Both Rhombus and
Moondara carry foldable boat bikes, and
adding the marina’s courtesy-bike inven-
tory, there was one for each of us. Our
target was a path through the woods that
starts near the marina. The kids loved the
ride. It’s pretty and shaded with a chance
to see wildlife along the way. Best of all,
it ends up at a Dairy Queen.
The nearby ocean beach is a world-class bike-riding beach, too. At low tide,
it’s possible to ride the 10 miles from the
island’s northwest corner on St. Simons
Sound, but by afternoon, the tree-shaded
pool at the marina looked really good.
The whole crew took a quick dip, and
then the older kids retreated to the boats
to prepare the evening barbecue. Use of
the picnic area and gas grills is free to
visitors, and you can still take advantage
of happy hour at 685 Seafood restaurant
next door. After dinner, the junior crew
got real quiet – the wear-them-down
strategy was working!
The next day’s agenda was a bike ride
the Kids Kruse
to the Jekyll Island National Historic
District, via, of course, the Dairy Queen.
This barrier island distinguished itself
in 1886, when it was sold to the Jekyll
Island Club. Members included rob-
ber barons and luminaries like J.P.
Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent
Astor, Joseph Pulitzer, and William K.
Vanderbilt. The club was active until
the Great Depression; it’s now the Jekyll
Island Club Hotel. Also remaining on
the grounds are the beautiful “cottages”
built by the club. Although the club’s
purpose was to provide a gentle place for
members to relax, hunt, and escape the
cold north, with big people, big events
Bike riding, swimming, barbecues, and
fun aboard – what a great way to spend a
week with the grandkids.