Fri Jan 25, 2013
Jekyll Island is amazing come, I’ll tell you about it;
Orb’s of Jekyll Island
During this two month event, Jekyll Island staff hides our treasure-artesian glass orbs throughout the Island. If you stumble upon one it’s yours for keeps. New batches of these glass orbs are hidden daily throughout the historic district, golf courses, sandy beaches and wharfs.
Collecting these glass floats became a hobby in the 1950′s when commercial fishing industry began using plastic and styrofoam floats, making glass floats very rare and highly sought after and valuable Island Treasures.
Not sure this is all wood that was adrift, however the shoreline has depleted and eroded leaving this graveyard effect of nothing but barren trees all up and down the beach. Breathtaking with a feeling of land after time as you walk the beach winding your way over and under massive oak trees that have laid still for 400 years.
Orb beach, I think I see an orange one in the photo, yup I do
I think I may visit again just to see this tree and paint a picture of it
This is coming onto the beach we hadn’t seen the graveyard yet
I guess by now you can tell I like trees
My favourite of all pictures
Imagine the size of this tree under me
Then it gets better, after we had lunch with a perfect breeze I notice a sand path almost hidden by the trees
Winding down the path was an open area and a large swing rope just waiting for me
The path keeps going
Winding and leading us deeper
All while we are still searching the island for orbs
orbs that could be hiding anyplace
Then we head on down the road and discover yet more interesting spots
This ruin was built in 1742 by Major William Horton, named the Horton House made of Tabby construction
This is one of only two 1700 homes still standing in Georgia. William Horton left from Europe had paid well for an exchange of land on Jekyll Island. He left his wife and 2 children behind for 5 years until he went for them. He came by boat with 20 slaves and had 10 years in which to improve the land until it prospered crops. During this time he not only had plenty crops but looked after the people and fed St. Simons Island.
Tabby construction is built of sand, water, oyster shells, and lime
Truly an amazing little island and a must see if you are heading South
There is so much more, a turtle museum, shops, golf, and oh I almost forgot about the red bugs, fun little things. This concludes our tour of Jekyll Island however we are already talking about making another stop over on our way back to Jennifer’s it has a camp ground and is about our half way mark.
We are heading towards Jacksonville and exploring before heading onto Orlando.
“Enjoy your days they are limited”
We missed the Chili Cook off on Jekyll Island just by a skip and a jump, but I was able to get the recipe of an award winning Smokehouse Chili.
5 lbs ground beef
1 lb pork sausage
small chuck roast in 1/4 inch cubes optional
2 tbsp oil
1 cup diced onions
4 to 5 cans of chicken broth
2 cans beef broth
2 tins green chilies
3 cans Bush’ Chili Beans
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
6 tbsp chili powder
6 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp pepper
1 1/2 tbs garlic powder
1. Add oil and brown all the meats. Drain, do not rinse and set meat aside.
2. In a large pot, bring to boil 3 cans of chicken broth, then add onion, chilies, diced tomatoes, 1.2 can tomato sauce, 3 tbsp chili powder, garlic powder, 3 tbsp cumin, pepper and 2 tbsp brown sugar.
3. Cook until onions are clear then add the meat to the pot.
4. Add 3 tbsp chili powder and 3 tbsp cumin, beans and the other half of the tomato sauce.
5. Add additional broths to achieve consistency.
6. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes
7. Uncover and cook on low until you have achieved the thickness you prefer.
8. Add brown sugar and cumin to taste.
So for my Canadian friends who make homemade chili and have never bought a can of Bush’s Chili Beans, substitute rinsed canned red kidney beans.
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