Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SOUTHEAST GEORGIA’S LOWER COASTAL PLAIN

Jekyll Island, GA 

Southeast Georgia's Lower Coastal Plain gets you ready for the Florida Keys.  There are other ways to go south to the Keys from my home in  Eastern Tennessee, but missing the beauty one finds driving I-95 from Darien to the Florida line would be a sin.

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One of my favorite people lived in the town of Darien.  My wife and I would stop to see her from time to time on our way from our home in Florida when going to see my wife’s children in North Carolina.  If we had time, she liked to go eat at a seafood restaurant in town.  I recently passed by Darien and my thoughts quickly turned to the times I had enjoyed the company of my aunt.  She is one of the few people in this world who never said a thing to me about being mentally ill and I never heard from anyone that she ever talked ill of me about being sick to anyone.  I can well imagine that when she was no longer able to live in her house in Darien she wondered why she did not see me again.  Maybe one day I will get to tell her how sorry I am that I did not keep up my end of our friendship.

Southeast Georgia's Lower Coastal Plain is a subregion that encompasses the lowest lying areas of the Atlantic coastal plain in the state, containing barrier islands, marshes, and swampy lowlands, as well as flat plains and low terraces.  It differs from Georgia's Upper Coastal Plain in that it is lower in elevation with less relief and wetter soils. The total population of the eighteen-county subregion is 726,132 (286,271 south of, and 439,861 north of, the Altamaha River), as of the 2010 U.S. census.

The fact is that the area is good for your mental health.  My wife loves the area and so do I.  I still have family living there and I consider them lucky.  There are many beautiful places in the world, but few as diverse as the miles along this coast.  If your soul needs a lift, maybe you should try the lower coastal plain of Georgia and see if it does not bring you to a higher plain.

© Ed Cooper, June 16, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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