After a rainy start, the day turned out to be fantastic, and we packed a lot in since it’s our last day here on St. George Island.
We figured the rainy morning was as good a time as any to do a little souvenir shopping, so that’s what we did. I got my requisite Christmas ornament emblazoned with St. George Island, even though I’m pretty sure it was made in China. After we browsed around an art gallery and actually considered buying something (we didn’t, since we couldn’t make up our minds what we wanted, but we got a business card from the owner so we can decide later and have it shipped to us if we so choose) we asked the gallery owner for a lunch recommendation. To my surprise, she suggested we cross the bridge to either Apalachicola or Eastpoint, as she wasn’t a fan of any restaurants on the island.
We ended up at her Eastpoint recommendation, which was Captain Snooks, which was located right next to an Oyster plant. As we ate our lunch, we watched the guys unload the oysters from the boat. Brian had what he described as the best lobster bisque soup he’s ever had, and I had what I would consider the best clam chowder I’ve ever had. Then I had the tastiest oysters I can ever recall eating.
Once finished with lunch, we headed back to the island and to the lighthouse. I learned that the lighthouse is the fourth to be built on the island, the last one fell in 2005 due to beach erosion. It’s replacement, the one I climbed, was completed in 2008 at a cost of $750,000, even though it was built using salvaged bricks from the previous lighthouse. The views from the top were pretty awesome.
After my lighthouse tour, I met Brian at the Blue Parrot, a cute little beach restaurant. We then went back to the campsite where we rescued those poor, neglected dogs who were left in the trailer.;) Shortly after we rescued them from their air-conditioned jail, where they were lounged out on our couches and beds, we took them on a hike of the nature trails here at the state park. We ended up going about three miles and saw some beautiful portions of the island, which you can’t find from the road.
We wore out the dogs on the hike. Once we got back to the campsite, they went straight for the sand to lie down and rest.
While the dogs continued to rest back in the trailer, we went back to the Blue Parrot where we had a meal of peel and eat shrimp, conch fritters and Grouper. Fresh seafood is the best thing ever 🙂 Especially when enjoyed with a view of an amazing sunset.
We both agreed St. George Island is a must-return place. The area is known as the Forgotten Coast. We tried to find out why it was called that, and I came across several blogs, online reports, ect. A few of them suggested the name was because no major hotel or restaurant chain, ect. have set up shop here. This was a fact we were more than ok with since it wasn’t touristy like other popular Florida destinations. It turns out, according to one of the shop owners we met today, the term “Forgotten Coast” came from the fact that when Florida was first mapped, the coast around Apalachicola was “forgotten” on the map, hence the name.
We have to pull out pretty early in the morning, so we’re making it a relatively early night. But we did take time to enjoy the completely illuminated night sky and our cozy campfire before we called it a night. Tomorrow, we move on to St. Augustine.