If you have been following my road trip, I wanted to show you a side trip that we made on our first full day:

We visited a small island off the coast of Georgia called Tybee Island.

Located just outside of Savannah, Georgia – Tybee Island is a barrier island and faces the Atlantic Ocean.

The walkway to the beach was flanked by dense growth.  I even saw some Lantana growing wild.  It is considered invasive in many humid climates.

As we walked out onto the beach, I couldn’t wait to get my feet into the water.

The beach was beautiful.

I love visiting the beach.  I grew up on the Southern California coast and spent many a summer trying to get my fair skin to tan.  (It didn’t work and now I am religious on putting sunscreen on).

It always surprises me how much warmer the Atlantic is then the Pacific ocean.

Up the beach was a wooden swing.  I have never seen one at a beach before, but I thought – how perfect!  If my husband had been there with me, I would have sat with him and watched the tide come in.

I like how these footprints in the sand lead through the grasses, don’t you?

Growing up on the West coast, I am used to seeing the sun set over the ocean.

However, I have never seen the sun rise over an ocean before, like many East coast residents do.

Near the beach, was a large concrete building, which was a ‘severe weather safe site’.  

I could only imagine the hurricane and tropical storms that this island has had to weather over the years.

This post, shows how high the storm surges are for the different levels of hurricanes.  

It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

There is great shopping, dining and places to stay on Tybee Island along with beautiful beaches.  I only wished that we had had more time to visit…  


Our road trip has been going very well, besides a solid day and a half of rain.  I’ll post more about our adventures in North Carolina and Tennessee soon!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. Skeeter
    Skeeter says:

    You have been into my neck of the woods girl… We love Tybee Island, Savannah, Charleston and are only 1 hour drive from Columbia, SC… We just returned from a weekend Asheville visit as well. While in GA you should have taken a peek at Jekyll Island! It is full of history and the island pretty much remains untouched by the human hand. A glorious place to visit!

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