August 30 to September 2. Carrying on the theme of "flexible", we didn't plan to go to Charleston or Savannah, but we had time ---so why not? A couple of "on-our-own" days sounded good! In Charleston, after ambling around this charming city (even the churches had charming pet signs, as below!), we rode a "xich lo" (pedi-cab) to the antebellum market, had lunch at a French and Southern fusion restaurant Cru Cafe, then escaped the city heat for a swim at Edisto Island. After a beach picnic, we realized while there were many beautiful homes, opps ---- not a hotel in sight.
On to Savannah.....
|The River Street Inn is just|
across the bridge
|Oglethorpe Square 1743|
Savannah is a beautiful old town built around park-like squares and one of our favorite cities to visit. Years ago, daughter Nelsie and her husband Walter lived here, so it was somewhat familiar territory for us. After booking a room at the River Street Inn, we were off to the Oatland Wildlife Sanctuary, run by Chatham County School District. We hiked a short trail in which outdoor habitats for wolves, foxes, alligators, deer, and all kinds of birds were a surprise and delight.
|No, it's not Macondo. This old|
fishing boat is on the grounds
of Oatland Wildlife Sanctuary
Oatland is a great teaching facility for elementary and middle school students from all over Georgia. But it was getting pretty warm, so we headed for the beach at Tybee Island. We found a long stretch of white sand, few people, and refreshing water. A beautiful end to a great day.
The next morning after latte and scones we went to the world-renowned Savannah Roundhouse Museum (where Nelsie did restoration work years ago). On this twenty-acre site there is a roundhouse with a working turntable, a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, many restored engines and cars --- and, in process, a children's museum. It's awesome! Carol had a tour aboard one of the trains, John got a hard-hat tour from the head of the preservation team, Stewart Dohrman.
|John and Stewart|
To end our Savannah tour on a pure Southern note, we had lunch at Sweet Potatoes. It's a gem of a restaurant located in a nondescript mall a few miles from downtown. We voted it the best restaurant meal we've had on this trip --- fantastic, unique, southern at its best, everything according to the name, yes sweet potatoes!
|Carol on the way to lunch|
|John and our server in front of the|
every word with 'home' sign
We were ready for the surprisingly long drive to Atlanta.....