Okay! Okay! So we’ve been asked a hundred times already!
“So how did Tybee turn out? What happened with Tropical Storm Debby?”
Well friends, we not only survived the storm in Tybee Island, Georgia (obviously)… we actually managed to have an incredible time during our visit – especially when the sun finally came out. So here it is – the official Two for the Road video from our two days living on “Tybee Time!” Enjoy, then read on below the video for a few more details and pics from our wonderful Tybee experience…
See! Told you we had an excellent time!
In fact, we don’t know how our time on Tybee could have possibly been better (considering the circumstances of course). We got so so so so lucky that Debby moved out quickly and gave us another 24 hours of plentiful sunshine and splendid weather so we could soak up the true (albeit abbreviated) Tybee experience.
A few noteworthy thoughts that weren’t included in the video:
- The Tybee Island Light Station is a must. A must. You will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful, more complete, more historically accurate light station anywhere in the US, or possibly the world. And the walk up really isn’t that bad. Literally just a couple of minutes. And once you take in the view from the top, you’ll agree the climb is absolutely worth every step.
- After our tour of the lighthouse and a driving tour of some of Tybee’s beautiful neighborhoods, we all gathered at a terrific local restaurant called Marlin Monroe’s, where once again we were treated to copious amounts of incredible food, along with cold beers and what seemed to be bottomless glasses of tasty mojitos. (Our thanks to Jenny and the staff there for a great time and all the great food!) That’s also where we met Tybee’s mayor, Jason Buelterman (who happened to be the surfer guy we interviewed in the video – far out, huh?) as well as Tybee’s most loved, most opinionated and most notorius resident – the Queen of Tybee Island – Roma Harper. Roma rules Tybee from her throne – which is actually a chair in front of a local beach-side place called Fannie’s – where she chats up the regulars daily, and scolds the kids who dare to ride their skateboards on the sidewalk. Though not one to be trifled with, Roma is a sweet, funny, and very charming lady. An absolute blast to sit down and talk to. We ought to do a whole video just on Roma. Hail to the Queen!
- When you watched the video you may have noticed an inordinate amount of seaweed and other natural debris covering the beach and washing up in the surf. All of which was a direct result of Tropical Storm Debby slamming the island the previous day. So when you see that in the video, know that’s not normal for Tybee. Just wanted to make sure we let everybody know that.
- Tybee Time is the real deal. We swear the clock ticked quite a bit slower while we were there. It was great.
- And mad props to the guys at A-J’s, another popular Tybee restaurant where we were treated like royalty the night before we left. Excellent food, great down-to-earth people, and you can’t beat the sunsets. In fact, that beautiful sunset you see in the video was taken literally right next door to A-J’s. We actually were in the middle of eating dinner when we saw the sunset, ran out to the car to get our cameras, and started shooting right then and there. And it was a hundred times better than the beautiful shots you see in the video. Awesome stuff.
And one more time, thanks thanks thanks to everyone on Tybee who took care of us in the storm and made sure we had an excellent time on the island, rain or shine. You guys are a wonderful bunch of folks and your island is a beautiful little gem. Almost hate to tell people about it actually, because once you visit Tybee you feel a certain desire to protect it. (Yep. It’s one of those kinds of places.) But if you get the chance, you gotta go. So do it. And see what Tybee Time is all about.
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