Our travels took us to Hickory Hammock Water Management District, northwest of Lake Okeechobee. This equestrian campground has horse trails and a barn where campers can stable their horses. One of the best parts is it’s free to camp here! However, the sites have no services and you have to register ahead of time. The location is very secluded – you have to drive down a 3.5 mile gravel road to get to the campground. Since it was so remote, the night sky was exceptionally clear and the stars bright! The moon was waxing so by the end of our stay, the moon was casting moon shadows and there was no need for a flashlight at night! We also got cell signal there so we could watch Netflix to our hearts’ content (this is where we got hooked on “The OA”).
We left Jekyll Island a day earlier than planned so James wouldn’t get rained on. Well, he got a little wet anyways (anyone who knows James’ track record won’t be surprised!). The rain was very light and short and not a big deal at all in these warm temperatures!
During our month long stay on Jekyll Island, we also visited the beautiful historic district. The Jekyll Island Museum reviewed the island history, while the Rockefeller cottage and Faith Chapel showcased the lifestyle of the island’s wealthy early residents. We dined on steak and seafood in the Grand Dining Room of the Jekyll Island Club hotel and Margot went to a ladies lunch at the luxurious Crane Cottage. We attended the popular annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony complete with live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, fake snow, and fireworks with thousands of other island residents.