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25. Darien, Georgia

Dates: May 1, 2022

Day 100 on the road!

It's Sunday and I'm traveling from Jekyll Island in southern Georgia to Tybee Island on the north side. Jekyll didn't have a Catholic church so I found one on my route.

The Church

Nativity of Our Lady. I wish I’d taken a picture! (Check these out from their website.) The inside reminded me of the church I was baptized at in Bucklin, Kansas. Very small. Only one aisle down the middle. No aisles on the outside of the pews. It’s the kind of small where everyone knows everyone. The priest asked if I was new while walking out of mass. I shared my sell-everything-and-travel story with him and another parishioner, Sean, who I’m pretty sure is following this blog now. Say hi in the comments if you are!

Sean recommended Spartina Grill for brunch. (I was driving so no mimosas today. I guess that just makes it lunch.) It overlooked the water. The huge patio makes me want to come back for a Saturday night. I bet this is a hot spot. I can picture a live band. Stars shining bright. Laughter echoing...

The main reason Darien stood out on the map was Fort King George. Not what I was expecting. After seeing the stone (pardon me, coquina) fort in St Augustine, a set of wooden structures felt a bit like a playground. It's very well kept for being 300 years old!

Would I visit again?

For the church, yes.

Would I live here?

It feels a little too small still. Unless there’s a hidden downtown not on the main highway.

Enthusiasm level: 10. I’m headed to meet friends again!

Here’s to churches that feel like home,

Megan “Not Brunching Today” Giles

Placeholder for a fun shirt design to commemorate the trip.

Unedited by another. Typos are on the house.


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