We only had a few days to spend in Savannah, but we were able to get a good feel for the historic district, thanks to spending an entire day on a hop on/hop off bus tour with Kevin’s parents, who met up with us for the weekend. We’re now in Florida visiting with them and the rest of the family for the holidays, and since we don’t get to do that very often, this post will be a bit lighter on words and heavier on photos. Luckily, a post about Savannah doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation. It’s a beautiful city full of interesting architecture, character, and history.
The grand homes are painstakingly maintained:
The 22 parks that dot the historic district were lush and green, even in December….
And the city is home to one of the most impressive churches we’ve ever seen, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
While we were in town, Kevin’s family’s friends, Shirley and Scott, came down to Savannah to have lunch so we could all catch up….
and we took a late-afternoon drive out to Tybee Island, which is just about 30 minutes from downtown Savannah. The area suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Matthew, and crews are hard at work rebuilding the structures along the beach, but the lighthouse was as pristine as ever.
After checking out the lighthouse, we headed down to the beach to enjoy a little quiet time before heading home.
Once we made it to St. Augustine, we spent lots of time with Kevin’s folks and his extended family. Dixie was treated to the kind of love and attention only grandparents can provide. They had tons of toys for her to play with, which she promptly got to work destroying.
To say they spoil her with attention would be an understatement… She loves them and they love her!
One afternoon we took a walk down by the St. Augustine downtown waterfront. The Bridge of Lions spans the intercoastal waterway between downtown St. Augustine and Anastasia Island and is guarded by two badass looking stone lions. That got us thinking: Ya know what Barney needs? 2 badass looking stone lions to protect him! We’ll get to work on that immediately.
On Christmas night, we headed back downtown with Kevin’s cousin, Mark, who is a professional photographer. St. Augustine has a yearly lights festival during the holiday season so we jumped at the chance to soak up some night photography know-how from a pro. We learned a ton in a very short period of time and were really happy with the shots we got.
We also took a drive down the coastal highway to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and wandered through the gardens.
The gardens were lovely to walk through and contained numerous places to sit down and relax. Unfortunately, the oceanfront part of the park was closed due to storm damage, so we’ll have to visit that next time we’re here.
Speaking of which, we’ve got just a couple more days in St. Augustine before we pull up stakes and head west across the panhandle. It will be weird to know that for the next four months or so, we won’t be seeing many familiar faces. After all this time visiting friends and family in the various places we’ve traveled, we’re suddenly gonna be on our own. It’s exciting and unnerving at the same time.
Looks like it’s officially time to spread our wings and fly…. Hopefully we won’t break anything in the process.
Where we stayed: Compass RV Park