Island fever is most commonly caught in the winter when the ground is covered in snow and bitterly cold winds whip across people while they clear ice off their vehicles.
A Word a Week Challenge: Island conjures up these images of sunny spots in seas and oceans. I wonder if I’ve been bitten by island fever bug.
I’m looking at photos from Amelia Island, one of the Sea Islands, in northeast Florida to help me recover. It’s a small barrier island only thirteen miles long and about an hour north of Jacksonville. It is surrounded by waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s easy to catch island fever on Amelia Island and in Fernandina Beach the main town. I’ve heard the only cure is to return for some rest and relaxation. I guess I’ll replay my steel drum music CD.
A few interesting facts about the island:
Amelia Island is named for George II’s daughter Amelia and has been visited upon by the British, French and Spanish who have added to culture and architecture of the island.
It was a popular destination spot for the pirate Black Beard.
Alligators and manatees like to swim by and visit the island too.
Its island flavor is shrimp, and its celebrated at an annual shrimp festival.
If some of my pictures look familiar, it may be because it’s a popular location for movies. Both Sunshine State and The New Adventures of Pipi Longstocking were filmed on the island.