Tybee Island, GA kayak trip log

15 04 2009

A cool thing about kayaking is that you can rent them pretty easily wherever you go. When we went to Tybee Island, outside of Savannah, GA in March 09 — we hit up North Island Surf & Kayak for rentals. Shane is great! We rented 2 sit on top kayaks (comes with PFDs and paddles, maybe obviously) and headed out.

Route Map

First we went to a historic lighthouse (originally erected in 1837) — this is not “the” Tybee Island lighthouse (that’s a big visitor destination). It’s the Cockspur Island lighthouse, part of the Fort Pulaski National Monument in Tybee Island, Georgia.

Patrick on the approach to the lighthouse

Patrick on the approach to the lighthouse

The lighthouse is on a bed of oyster shells which are SHARP!!!! Even flip flops felt flimsy with these suckers around. Tread carefully. Be nice to Shane’s boats and don’t drag them over the shells. Also – move your boats WAY up out of the water while you explore…the tide rose a touch faster than we expected and our boats were kindly moved up by some fellow kayakers. Thank you again guys — we might have made it back in time, or we might still be stranded in the lighthouse, subsisting on fresh shrimp and sun (hey….wait a minute…)

Now — this is Georgia, not Massachusetts…so you can just feel free to get on out and explore the lighthouse.  No uptight historical societies limiting access and “preserving” it for “history.” No concerns about “safety” or “liability.” No attempts to say, put a “railing” on the crumbling old stone staircase inside or maybe better protect the actual light that makes it a lighthouse from say…”tampering.” OK – actually – lest you be too concerned, it’s not really an official lighthouse any more. According the Fort Pulaski website, “On August 14, 1958, by presidential proclamation, the Cockspur Lighthouse was transferred from the United States Coast Guard to the National Park Service.”

Another fun fact from the website (which I read after we got home):

No, I did not know. Maybe that's a good thing.

No, I did not know. Maybe that's a good thing.

We said WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO to exploration!  Actually – props to Georgia. It was a pretty cool experience to climb around. A little danger never hurts the sense of adventure. We signed the guest log – look for our names if you go.

Hannah exploring the lighthouse. (With a PFD on for safety....or something.)

Hannah exploring the lighthouse. (With a PFD on for safety....or something.)

Next, we crossed the river (and stayed out of the shipping channel, per recommendation) — and Patrick saw a dolphin! Hannah did not. Boo.

We stormed the beach…apparently, according to Shane, this would not have been totally cool mid-summer…but it was March, the millionaires weren’t home, so we hung out – ate peanut M&Ms and enjoyed the good life.

Storming the beach at Tybee

Storming the beach at Tybee

Hello, SI? Hannah is ready for her close-up.

Hello, Sports Illustrated? Hannah is ready for her close-up.

We can’t leave our Tybee Island post without a few kayak fuel shout outs: Cafe Loco – great food, great deck and the perfect end to our day of kayaking, right next door to North Island Surf & Kayak. And Huca Poos. Legendary drinking and pizza spot. Try to walk there (cause you might not be in any shape to drive home.) 😉

Patrick plays the ring game at Huca Poos.

Patrick plays the ring game at Huca Poos.

Full gallery of our Tybee Kayak:

Click once to make bigger…then you can even click again for the FULL SIZE pic. Excitement.

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19 06 2009
Tybee Island to Cockspur Lighthouse (Tybee Island, GA) kayak route map « Newburyport Kayak Report

[…] Tybee Island to Cockspur Lighthouse (Tybee Island, GA) kayak route map 16 04 2009 Check out the full log of this trip and accounts of dolphin sightings (no biggie if you live there, … […]

19 06 2009
Tybee Island to Cockspur Lighthouse (Tybee Island, GA) kayak route map « Newburyport Kayak Report

[…] Tybee Island to Cockspur Lighthouse (Tybee Island, GA) kayak route map 15 04 2009 Check out the full log of this trip and accounts of dolphin sightings (no biggie if you live there, … […]

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