Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler - Winter 2011 travel blog

bridge to SC

waterfront

city hall

below ground loading

our boat

view from the ship

stairs from the bluff to the river


Happy New Year!

After all the driving, it was time to give ourselves a day off. But that didn't mean that we were doing nothing. For the last five years we have been creating a monthly podcast called RV Navigator, featuring information about the RV life style, technology, and our travels. It has been a success well beyond our wildest dreams; currently about 6500 people all over the world download and listen to what we have to say. It was thrilling to visit friends we didn't know we had in Australia who are listeners and the regular flow of positive emails and comments motivate us to keep talking. Listeners have come to expect a new podcast at the beginning of every month, so we recorded our latest effort last night and Ken spent the morning editing. We get emails of concern/complaint when we are not on time, so it was nose to the grindstone. Our new year's resolution is to respond to listener requests and start doing podcasts twice a month when we are on the road and could conceivably have more of interest to say.

However, it was a beautiful spring day here in Savannah and we just couldn't stay inside working. We were in Savannah last in March 2008 and enjoyed learning about the history and photographing the beautifully maintained homes in this earliest of planned communities. But the tour boats weren't running then and today the river front area was full of visitors, motivating the boat owners to put the key in the ignition. It was fun to see the waterfront from the water. The gold plated dome of city hall gleamed in the sunshine. Most of the city is on high bluffs, but the buildings on the river, which are built at bluff level have multi stories below the bluffs and above the water that were great for merchants to store what they sold and traded. It was easy to imagine how busy it was back in the day when boats were loaded with cotton from the plantations up river. We were surprised to hear that this port is quite busy today as well - one of the largest container ports in the US is just up river in Garden City. The Savannah River forms the 300+ mile border between Georgia and South Carolina and empties into the sea a few more miles past the city. It is navigable 200 miles to Augusta. We sailed under the newest version of a bridge to SC that had to be rebuilt higher to accommodate the larger ships sailing today. The river becomes tidal past Savannah and the industrial landscape gave way to more natural looking wetlands and marshes.

Renewed and refreshed we returned to the motor home, ready to start the new year with another podcast.

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