Jekyll is Special

Sunrise over Matanzas River

The reward for rising early is a spectacular sunrise. 7:23 am

Lions Bridge opening, St. Augustine

It was an early departure from St. Augustine – with only a slight delay as we waited for a sailboat to pass under the Lions Bridge.

Jacksonville Beach

Once we arrived in Jacksonville, Buttercup stretched out!

Golden Ours

Tim, Tracy and Lola Harris have a beautiful new North Pacific 45. We met up with them in Jacksonville. 

Lola likes to sit on my foot.

Jekyll is Special

What’s so special about Jekyll?

Jekyll Island, GA was named after a wealthy Brit, I was disappointed to learn there was no connection to the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson).

In 1886, the exclusive Jekyll Island Club was known as “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world.” Early club members included J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field.

Fun trivia:  under the ruse of a duck hunting trip, in November of 1910 Jekyll Island was the location of a secret meeting hosted by Senator Nelson Aldrich (R-RI), Chairman of the National Monetary Commission. Sequestered together for a full week were the nation’s greatest bankers and a rep from the US Treasury Dept., entrusted with the arduous task of creating a central banking system for the US. Ultimately the Aldrich currency plan laid the framework for the current “Federal Reserve System”.

No mention of killing or consuming duck was found in Wikipedia.

Devasted by the Great Depression and World War II, the club was shuttered in 1942, Reopened as a luxury hotel in 1985, the resort has since been gracefully restored, you can check out some of the historic buildings via this hyperlink.

Zachry’s Riverhouse

Dressed for Cinco de Mayo, when we were here a few years ago, this critter was dressed for St. Patrick’s Day.

We strongly recommend eating at the Riverhouse, located at the marina. The fresh seafood is really, really fresh.  And Happy Hour prices (from 3 to 5 everyday) have not changed since our visit 5 years ago! Best of all, the wait staff is delightful.

The floating docks allowed the two North Pacifics to tie up in tandem.

Don’t be fooled by the yawn, she’s very busy barking at everything.

Next Up:  Kilkenny Creek, GA followed by Hilton Head, reunion with Tonto.


Passing:  Harry Belafonte, 96 years young. March 1, 1927 – April 25, 2023. My mom’s favorite songs were “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and “Jamaica Farewell.”  

Thanks to Tracy Harris, a delicious espresso martini toast to the silver fox. Thanks for the magic.

Author: Exhale49

North Pacific Trawler euro style

6 thoughts on “Jekyll is Special”

  1. Well, Buttercup has big paws to fill. Here’s wishing for a long and mutually enjoyable life.

    Indian Mound, Moss, and DuBignon cottages were my favorite in the Jekyll Island Club hyperlink. Thanks for that. I’m really glad you are on your almost annual venture. Have a great time with the many like-minded friends yiou have along the way.

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