Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Savannah sightseeing day 2

Red Gate Farms Campground
Savannah, GA

George & I didn't get enough of Savannah yesterday,
so this morning the shuttle picked us up again.
The weather wasn't going to cooperate,
but we figured we might as well make a day of it anyway!

We jumped on the trolley at 9 am just in time for it to start pouring.
Figuring we'd ride the trolley until the rain stopped,
we'd probably know the history of Savannah and Georgia
better than the tour guides :-)

The trolley was full of lol's (little old ladies) that were 
ooohing and ahhhing over Savannah's architecture.
They especially loved it when they saw something from
the book 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'.

The rain decided to let up around the area we wanted to explore.
We got off at stop #8 to see the Cathedral of St. John.

It is a gorgeous structure, first built in 1835.
We went inside to see the beautiful architecture
and stained glass windows.

You can read all about the history here.

We continued on to the river area again.
The rain subsided (for a bit!), so we walked around poking in shops again.

We saw these two tugs following a huge ship on the Savannah river.

This one was huge!

There are some paddlewheel boats as well that give tours.

I lost George for a second, but found him..
eyeing up some chocolate!

Savannah Candy Kitchen, oh boy!
We didn't buy any chocolate because we knew it would melt :-)
We did pick up some salt water taffy and fireballs..

One of the stops on the trolley took us near a place called The Pirates House.
We read that they had a great lunch buffet, so we decided to check it out.
The food was ok..
but after we ate, we got a tour of the house,
by a pirate :-)

Tomorrow is looking like a little outdoor fun with our friends.
Time to explore Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tour of Savannah, day one

Red Gate Farms Campground
Savannah, GA

Today George and I got picked up this morning at 9 am sharp by the trolley shuttle.
We took the Old Town Trolley tour into Savannah for the day.

We met our friends, Paul & Kathy, at the first stop.
We all climbed aboard and were off to see the city!

We got off on the first stop, City Market to explore a bit.

There were lots of shops to poke around in.

We hopped back on the trolley and got an overview of the
historical buildings in the area.

We eventually got to the Savannah river, and the great places along the walk.
We popped into Savannah's Candy Kitchen
and everything smelled wonderful!

I really enjoyed the cobblestone streets!

We didn't buy any candy, but did get a taste of their homemade pralines, yum!
Afterwards, it was time for a bite of lunch.
We stopped in to the Cotton Exchange Tavern,
and it was delicious!

The four of us walked off our lunch along the river.
This statue is of Savannah's 'Waving Girl'..

Her name was Florence Martus.
Legend has it that she would wave a handkerchief by day,
and a lantern by night at all the sailors on the river.

This is one of the ferrys that shuttle you across the river.

We all hopped on the trolley again, riding it back to the beginning of the tour.
It was getting quite warm & humid, so we decided to
go into the Visitors Center and watch the movie about Savannah.
There was still some time to enjoy the area afterwards,
so onto another trolley!
There is an ice cream shop called Leopolds that called our name :-)

They had the best ice cream!
I had a scoop of lemon custard, and a scoop of lavender.

George and I have two-day passes to ride the trolley,
so we'll be going back tomorrow or Thursday,
depending on the weather.

Can't wait to explore some more!

Monday, April 28, 2014

On to Savannah!

Red Gate Farms Campground
Savannah, GA

Our last day at Jekyll Island was spent getting ready to move.
We had intended on going on another bike ride, but it was hot & muggy.
We decided to stick around under the AC instead :-)

On Saturday we got a surprise text from Paul & Marti.
They had flown to Jacksonville to attend a retirement party,
and were within 1.5 hour drive of Jekyll Island.
They had a rental car, and made the drive up on Sunday afternoon to see us!
We were so blessed that they would drive that far just to spend a few hours.
We went with them to the local pizza place on the Island,

It was so nice to see them again. 
Thanks guys for taking time to drive up!

Today we got hooked up and left by 10 am.
We had a short drive of around 87 miles to

This is such a lovely place!
It used to be a working horse farm,
and there are still a few horses on the property.

After we got settled in, we took a ride to get something to eat.
We had a great Mexican meal,
and then found a car wash to get the Jekyll pollen off the truck.

We spent the rest of the afternoon admiring the pool at the campground..

They have lovely landscaping, 
and big fishing pond as well.
I'll have to get more pictures in the next few days.

Tomorrow we're taking the trolley into Savannah.
Our friends Paul & Kathy are here at another park,
and are meeting us there!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A beach day, and some new friends!

Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island, GA

Thursday we stuck around the RV,
doing wash, defrosting the freezer,
and George took out the ice maker to replenish the ice.

Yesterday we took a drive into Brunswick to the local Walmart.
To get there you drive over the Sidney Lanier bridge,
which takes you over the Brunswick river on Route 17.
(picture from internet)

We picked up a hoagie from a great shop,
and proceeded to get set up on the beach
at South Dunes picnic area.

It was another beautiful day in the 80's with a nice breeze to keep us cool.

We saw a couple big ships out in the water
but the pictures didn't turn out very good.

When we got home, I saw we had an email from
some fellow RVers across the row from us.
Joe & Dodie Kiegel wanted to pick our brains
about full-timing. 
They saw our blog address on the back of Harvey!
We wandered across and got a nice tour of their Cedar Creek fifth wheel.
They are hoping to go full time by the end of the year, if their house sells in time.

We had a great time talking, and ended up pooling our dinners together.

They are leaving today to go back to their home in St. Mary's, GA
We hope to see them again down the road!

Today is our last day on the island.
We're going to get one last bike ride in,
then pack up for our departure tomorrow.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Driftwood Beach

Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island, GA

George and I decided to take it easy today.
We lounged around a bit this morning,
doing some time on the computer & watching morning TV.
Around 11 we got out on our bikes again.
We rode a mile up to the entrance to Driftwood Beach.

This is described as a tree graveyard.
The trees are weathered, and polished by the tides and sand.

George and I walked about 1 1/2 miles looking at all the formations.

There were some interesting jellyfish washed up on shore..

I was amazed at how many trees were there,
they were actually quite lovely.

Later in the afternoon, we drove with Paul & Kathy
over the bridge into Brunswick.
We took some pictures of a American Cruise ship
at the dock.

Turns out it is the same ship my parents will be on this June!

We've had a great time with Paul & Kathy.
They are leaving tomorrow for Savannah,
and we're going to meet up with them there
when we leave here on Monday.