No Phone, No Lights, No Motor Car

No Phone, No Lights, No Motor Car


It’s as primitive as can be, a tiny island off the coast of Georgia that’s accessible only by boat. And the only residents have wings.

We kayaked over yesterday to do a little exploring, and believe me, it was well worth the effort. The weather was gorgeous (82 degrees), and the skies were a brilliant blue, with a hint of a few clouds on the horizon, an approaching front that delivered on its promise to bring rain today.

The tide was on its way out, which allowed us the opportunity to see the oyster beds as we approached. Kayakers are often treated to the sight of small sharks feeding in and around those beds. Another treat is to see dolphins swimming nearby.

We beached our kayaks, stripped off the life jackets, and set out hiking in the sand. And…wow! The island is truly deserted, and as far as the eye can see is…well, have a look for yourself…


We were joined by a third paddler on the way back, a pelican that kept showing off his diving and fishing skills.

21 replies
  1. Betty Hechtman
    Betty Hechtman says:

    I’m surprised you got those photos with a cellphone. they were great. I could practically feel the breeze. No complaints, though. I’m in Southern California where the weather was perfect today. So perfect, we had almost 700 trick or treaters.

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Thanks for the nice comments, everyone.

    Pat – It wouldn’t bother me if I never had to shovel a single flake of snow ever again. Living in Boston broke me of wanting to see a white Christmas!

    I thought about you guys today as I planted a few perennials and watered the new grass in my lawn.

    Su – I need to break down and buy a real camera. I take all my photos with my cellphone.

    Kayaking is great. We started when we lived in Massachusetts, learning the basics in the Merrimack River and at the ocean in Newburyport, Plum Island, and Hampton Beach. I think some tamer waters for our first experiences would have been best, but we made it and haven’t stopped since.

    Sheri – We lived in San Jose for a few years and I’ll never forget the day we went exploring and stumbled on a nude beach off the Pacific Coast Hwy between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. What an eye-opener!

  3. Su
    Su says:

    Beautiful pictures, Lee. You really have a good eye with a camera. Thank you for sharing them.

    Kayaking is a new sport to my family since we moved to Florida. We’d never done it before, but it’s a lot more relaxing that one would think!

  4. Sheri Fredricks
    Sheri Fredricks says:

    Wow. Gorgeous. You’d never see an empty, deserted beach like that in CA, where I live. It’d be over-run by nudists, and boaters who try to catch a peek.

    Thanks for sharing your pics. I enjoyed pretending I was there.

  5. Pat Marinelli
    Pat Marinelli says:

    Oh, Lee, thanks for sharing. This island looks wonderful, warm and comforting. Not sure which I envy more the kayaking or the 82 degrees! I don’t think you want to hear about the 6 inches of snow we got here in Central Jersey yesterday, in October yet! Daughter in northwest of the state got a foot of snow, and she and two sisters have no power thanks to wet, heavy snow on leaves that barely turned fall colors. Georgia is sounding really good to me right now. We went from no heat on to a major snow storm in one day.

  6. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Donnell – We do like it here, but we’ve been fortunate to have lived all across the country, in some spectacular places. By the way, your neck of the woods is absolutely gorgeous. I was in awe that day you took me on a tour of the countryside prior to the writers conference.

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