Thursday, April 15, 2010

Georgia...was on our minds

Hey there... Long time! I know.

If you could have seen the blue-markered kitchen calendar for March, you would understand why I've hardly been here. And then, there was my parents' 50th anniversary surprise party, which had been in the planning for almost a year. (It was awesome!)

And then....Spring Break, which had us traveling south to Tybee Island, Georgia!



...in the car. Through Virginia, North Carolina, [South of the Border (tourist trap), which is like a state unto itself], South Carolina and into Georgia.



Crossing this bridge into Savannah.



And onto Tybee Island. This would be the Tybee Island Lighthouse
on the north end of the island. We stayed on the south end.

Tybee Island is the backdrop for the new Miley Cyrus movie, "The Last Song." I'm sure the presence of a movie crew and stars made this small beach community jump last year. The movie opened the weekend we were there, though I don't recall seeing a movie house on the island.



But there was definitely an ocean!



And a cool (honestly, quite cold!) surf...



And the building of many long and winding trenches, water pools and sandcastles.






We discovered real moats built around nearby Fort Pulaski.



...complete with underground passageways,



above-ground turf walks to view the nearby waters that harbored the enemy (Civil War), and a mid-level journey through the cavernous rooms housing cannons, ammo and officers' quarters.





(It looks like you could bake a pizza in there!)



A tour of the grounds off the fort, via a 2-mile trail, led us to the lighthouse of Cockspur Island at low tide (and lots of washed-up jellyfish--ew....).



We spent a lovely morning driving and walking through historic downtown Savannah. I'm convinced that there are "moss fairies" who come in the middle of the night and laden the trees with this special airy dust! It's classic old-time South!!



And the flowers were popping everywhere! (Little did I know that things were also exploding back home here in Central VA....)



Besides the beach, the girls also enjoyed the (again, frigid!) waters of the pool at the rental condo where we stayed. It had a huge square hot tub, which was usually filled with kids (who couldn't take the (again, frigid!) water temperature of the pool.



CJ enjoyed a walk on the pier (and R found some good fish tacos
during a weekend Seafood Festival).



And both braved a ferris wheel ride at a carnival set up in the hotel parking lot across the street from our unit. (Thankfully, the festivities didn't go much beyond 10 p.m.)



RJ2 chased the gulls.



I chased after decent photos of tropical plants I won't ever grow here.



And we had a whole lotta fun in the sun (with our 50 SPF sunscreen and/or clothing!)



And when the sun came up a week later--seems the sun didn't take much of a vacation while we were there--it was time to drive home.

* * *

I've got to say that I'm spending more time over at In-Between Time these days. Catch fresh blog posts every Wednesday (except last week when we didn't have Internet at our place--oops!) over there (link at the top of this blog).