Duane & Jo's U.S. and Canada Tour: 2008 travel blog

Our spaceous campsite on Skidaway Island.

Trail across the marsh and into the trees.

Spanish Moss on an Oak Tree.

We were quite impressed by the Spanish Moss.

An interesting mix of plants and water.

A very pretty view.

Tidal marshlands

City Hall: Savannah

Factor's Walk, above River Street

The Savannah River

Looking across the river at Savannah.

A Tall Ship along the waterfront.

Historic River Street

The stairs from River Street to Factor's Walk were not exactly to...

Emmet Park

A very large container ship moving up the river, as seen from...

The Davenport House, built in 1820.

Savannah's architecture is quite varied.

The oak trees were huge!

Owens-Thomas House built in 1819.

Duane had a chance to express his political position.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Green Meldrum House. Sherman's headquarters while in Savannah.

We spent a restful 3 days at Skidaway Island, near Savannah, Georgia. The campground was full of large oak trees nicely spaced to give a feeling of shade and openness at the same time. After spending the past 4 weeks visiting family and friends, and being tourists in major cities, it was relaxing to spend time slowing down and appreciating the gifts of nature that surrounded us. Skidaway Island State Park has a very diverse ecology of forest and marshland. The trees in the forest are a mix of palms, pine, oak, and other deciduous trees. Spanish moss hangs from all forms of vegetation but seems to prefer the oaks. It is not a parasite as it obtains its nutrients and water from the air. Early settlers used it to fill mattress covers to make a comfortable bed. The most important vegetation in the tidal marshland is cord grass. We hiked and biked through the area, appreciating the fact that there was no humidity and very few mosquitoes. Autumn is a great time to visit the South.

We did take one day to explore Savannah. After receiving a very helpful orientation at the Visitor Center we walked to Historic River Street, Savannah's waterfront area along the Savannah River. This area is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, and hotels and is very pleasant to walk around. We took a ferry across the river to allow us to view the city from a distance. Founders Gen. James Oglethorpe and Col. William Bull laid out the city, not in the usual grid form but divided it into wards with 40 houses built around 24 different squares. Each square is a park and each is different from the other. The end result is a city that is very pleasant to walk around with open spaces every 4 or 5 blocks. We found the architecture varied and interesting with many old homes still being lived in today. Savannah was spared the burning that Sherman did throughout much of the South because he was impressed with the beauty of the city, and because the Confederates, knowing they were in a loosing battle withdrew from the fight.

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