A few years ago, St. Simon artist Paul Patterson talked with me about the island’s original paths to the beach and how they were disappearing. At the time, he showed me one that he had just painted. Because he grew up on the island, I knew he understood what he was saying.

New development was changing and reshaping the island he loved so much. That was years ago; but even today, I can’t help but think of Paul every time I see a well-worn but not developed pathway on any of the barrier islands of Georgia.