2012-10-10 – Savannah
Yesterday, we drove to Richmond Hill, GA, where we are staying at another KOA; also a very nice one with large full service sites and only ¾ miles from I-95. There is a lake on the property and part of it is a bird sanctuary. We saw more birds here than anywhere else so far. There is a large flock of mute swans (which actually are not really mute – they do sort of squawk), great egrets, blue herons, a little blue heron, anhingas, cormorants, Canada geese, mallards, pied billed grebes, osprey and some domestic geese. I had never seen immature swans before so this was a treat. They are still mottled as opposed to the snow white mature swans.
We drove out to see Ft. McAllister Historic Park but got there too late to visit the historic park section and instead walked through the state park. While there, we investigated a possible kayak launch and also think that we may have heard a manatee thumping the water. There was a huge splash and shortly after that, we saw the sign giving information on the manatees in the Ogeechee River so…
Today, we drove to Savannah and took one of the trolley tours that had about 15 stops. You can get on and off at different spots and walk about or tour a house or two and then get back on the bus at the same or a different stop. It was a good way to see the entire 2.2 square mile historic district but, walking it would have been better from a photo point of view. An interesting tidbit: when Savannah was created by the original “trustees” there were four prohibitions. No Catholics were allowed, no liquor, no slaves and no lawyers! There is so much to be said about that but obviously, once the other three prohibitions were relaxed, lawyers were eventually permitted to practice law in Savannah. We got off the trolley and wandered about and went to see the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace. She was the founder of the Girls Scouts and this year is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Having been a Girl Scout, I wanted to see the home and both of us were very impressed by how accomplished Mrs. Low really was. She was so far ahead of her time and was an accomplished artist and sculptor. She lived in England and started the Girl Guides there but was born and raised in Savannah. I’m sure I learned something about her while a Girl Scout but other than her name, I didn’t recall anything. The tour was a really good one. I would definitely recommend this as a place to visit if you are in Savannah.
Savannah itself is a beautiful small city. The nicest part is that every two blocks there is another park dedicated to some aspect of Savannah’s history. The churches are magnificent and, we went to the square where Forrest Gump expounded on his mama’s box of chocolates theory. The feather that drifted throughout the movie was actually dropped from the top of the Independent Presbyterian Church, and of course, I got a photo of that. The waterfront/riverwalk area is lovely and we had no idea that Savannah is such an international port. Every ten minutes or so, some huge container ship sailed past the River Walk guided by a tug and escorted by the Coast Guard. Pretty impressive. Next time, we need to have lunch or dinner along the River Walk at one of the many restaurants. We had lunch at City Market and had a great peach sangria though. It took us less time to get out of Savannah during the five o’clock traffic than it would have taken us to get from Pine Mill Circle to Costco. I can see why General Sherman decided to spare Savannah and to instead, give it to Lincoln as a Christmas gift with all of its cannon and ammunition and 25,000 bales of cotton. It is a lovely, genteel, civilized place.