Times are tough right now as we’re currently living through history in the making. This is literally the modern “walk to school uphill in the snow, both ways”. Something nobody really imagined other than maybe epidemiologists or the creators of Outbreak. (Side note, just because it’s currently available for streaming on Netflix does NOT mean you should watch it if you’re looking to decompress.)
For the sake of our audience ranging both near (on St. Simons Island. Hey, Sara K.) and far (think Wisconsin. Hi, Evan K.), we have a range of suggestions of how to enjoy St. Simons while some of our favorite attractions aren’t accessible. (Current no-no list includes: the beach, the lighthouse, the WWII museum and the Pier.) We hope this list will help provide a temporary distraction, and maybe even a little calm, to your current daily routines.
Reminder: Do not leave your house if you think you’re sick, have been exposed to someone who is sick, or are medically at risk.
1. Enjoy our free beach cam. This one can definitely be accessed by anyone and doesn’t require leaving the house. Bonus points if you sit outside and stream to get the full(ish) effect.
2. Take a hike. Literally. If you’re local, you can enjoy places like Cannon’s Point Preserve by yourself or with your quarantine buddy (ie spouse, roommate, whomever has already existed in close proximity with you). Again, we reiterate that you should stay safe and give others a wide berth if you pass them on a trail. And bring bug spray. **Update 4/5/20: Cannon’s Point Preserve has been closed but other hiking oppotunities can be explored here or you can visit Cannon’s Point Preserve virtually here.**
3. The beaches may be closed, but the bike paths are not. And if you can’t be at the beach, biking offers you the chance to feel the salty island air whipping through your hair. Double duty if you’re missing the gym too. Several places on the island that rent bikes if you don’t have your own, but in this ever-changing climate, be sure to touch base by calling first.
4. Read a book! There are several books written by local authors or set in the Golden Isles. Eugenia Price’s trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Get visual with Island Time by Jingle Davis with photography by Ben Galland, or take a literary trolley tour with Larry Hobbs’ Coast Tales. GJ Ford Bookstore has an entire local section and can help you choose a title. They’re also offering curbside service or pay by phone and have it shipped.
5. Do a takeout (our delivery) tour of the Golden Isles. Taste your favorites from home. Or play home chef by finding recipes from some of your favorites, like the Shrimp + Grits from ECHO, to recreate at home as a family activity! The local Chamber of Commerce has a running Facebook list on what the current takeout options here.
6. Golf is here fore you. Whether it’s been awhile, isn’t your thing or maybe you just need some practice, hitting the golf course is a great way to get fresh air while maintaining social distance. And if you visit The King and Prince Golf Course, you can enjoy the marsh breezes on the back 9.
Do you have any suggestions we should add to our list? We’d love to hear what crafty ideas we’re missing on how to enjoy St. Simons Island while keeping ourselves, and others, safe.