Alrighty, here we go with my first attempt at a challenge. After much searching, I really wasn’t able to come with then and now photographs that showed both me and a bike. So, this is going to be mostly a story, with a couple photos that hopefully capture the time vibe, and of course keep to the theme of bikes.
Back in 1988, when my kids were small (aged 3 and 5), our family started the tradition during Easter break of making the trip from our home in upstate New York down to Jekyll Island, Georgia to spend a week at the beach. This was of course an amazing experience for the kids, since NY was still cold and snowy that time of year, and the Georgia beach was warm and wonderful. More importantly, the island was full of bike paths, a great place to introduce the kids to biking. My daughter, at age 3, was just strapped into a seat on the back of course, but my son was trundling around on his little bike with training wheels on.
Go forward a couple of years to 1991, and both kids were capable of riding their own bikes. And that year, we had not only the four of us, but Grandma and Grandpa (aka Marilyn’s parents) too. And yes, there’s bikes for everybody. Here’s the picture of our poor little van after the 1100 mile journey.
Sadly, that was the last year we all went to Jekyll Island as a family. The next year, we took the kids to Norway to visit family, and the year after that we did a cross country road trip (which actually might be a story for another time). Lots of vacations after that, but never back to Jekyll.
Now, jump forward to January, 2017. Much has changed in the intervening 26 years. Both kids are in their 30’s with lives and careers of their own. Unfortunately, Marilyn’s Mom passed away just a few years after that 1991 Georgia trip. But, her Dad is still around at 89, living in an assisted living facility just a few miles up the road from us. My wife and I have both had a couple of careers, and have lived in three different places. So, here I am (or at least, here’s my bike), getting ready to make a solo trip back to Jekyll Island. I’m on a reconnaissance mission to see how the island has changed, and to see if it’s a place where Marilyn and I want to escape to when Vermont gets cold.
Since 2017, we’ve made the trip two more times, staying for a couple of months each time instead of a week. Assuming travel ever gets back to normal, we’re hoping to head back next winter. And if so, I’m sure I’ll be posting about lots of rides around the island.