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By: SunsetSailor , 7:45 PM GMT on March 01, 2011
Last fall while photo shooting with Willow 13, we started a conversation about how we treasure Jekyll island which is a barrier island and state park off the coast of Georgia and how much we would like to share it with our e-buddies from Weather Underground. That conversation evolved into the first photographer's weekend face to face meet up President’s Day weekend 2011
L to R kneeling-gatorgal & Bikervet,
standing-willow13,Sunsetsailor,Skert,AUphotos& ; ; ; ; ; ;,Dixiedaughter
Our e-buddies traveled from as far away as 300 miles in their autos and on motorcycle to stay at the Hampton Inn, which is brand new and nestled right behind the primary dunes system. It conveniently has a cross over boardwalk to the a mostly deserted beach and sunrise vantage points plus a heated pool and spa. Willow13 and I met up with them on Friday night for the first time at Seajay’s restaurant right on the Intercoastal Waterway. Bikervet became our ultimate party mixer by starting us off with lots of laughter while we enjoyed our meal on the outside deck.
Weather blessed us (as your would expect for such an auspicious occasion) with beautiful clear nights in the 40-50s and days in the 60-70s range, AND a full moon!
Over two sunsets, two nights, and two sunrises we shared our local knowledge, places to eat and favorite photo locations with our new face to face friends. They shared their great photography tips with us and we had a truly wunderful time .
WUG MEET UP PHOTOS (click on image for WUG photo page)
And the photo shooting didn't stop at the Sidney Lanier bridge. The road trips home provide (as they always do) more photo ops.
Taken by Skert outside of Waycross.
On a personal note, I had no idea how this effort would turn out. Naturally, whenever I deal with anything connected with the internet, it can turn out to be a grab bag. However, I have been around this site for a while now, (even served a voluntary rotation as a photo moderator) so I had a pretty good idea that the majority of WUG members already share many characteristics in common - an appreciation for nature and the out of doors, a willingness to encourage newbie photographers or bloggers, an interest in weather & meteorology, and for the most part being proactive about life and its opportunities. So setting what little negativity I might've had aside, I just went ahead with the WUG meet up plans. Never would I have guessed that it would produce one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Magically, almost, e-buddies were transformed into friends... Now my dream is for more WUG weekend meet ups all over the country, no, the whole world-one going on near you so you'll have the opportunity to experience this wunderful transformation too. A special thanks to Willow13, Gatorgal, Skert, Bikervet, Dixiedaughter & AUphotos - you made it happen for me.
By unanimous vote, we will do it again next year.
WUG Email me or leave a comment here if you are interested in being on my mailing list for President's Day weekend 2012 or if you want details on how easy it was to host this event so you can have one in your area.
I would like to thank Susan Christian, Director of Sales, of the Hampton Inn &
Suites-Jekyll Island for providing a discount for our WUG group and her
excellent staff for their assistance in making our reservations.
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