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Savannah/ Hilton Head August 7, 2007

Monday, August 13th, 2007

On our drive down from VA we stopped at Savannah, GA.  They have been restoring their historic district for quite some time.  It is situated right on the Savannah riverfront.  There is lots of history in this town.  It has about 22 squares, or parks in the historic district.  Most of the squares have a statue in the center of it.  Chippewa Square is now famous for the movie scene in which Forest Gump sits on a bench and gives his famous speech about “life is like a box of chocolates.”  You must say that with a real southern draaaaaawl!! 


A sailor had proposed to “The Lady”, shown below, and they planned to marry upon his return from the sea. She came to the riverfront every day for over 40 years waiting for her fiancé to return.  She died at 72 years old.  She waved and welcomed all the visitors from boats and ships into Savannah for all those years.  Her fiancé never returned.


The more wrought iron on the house, the richer the owner.


Many of the streets in Savannah are paved with a combination of stones.  The irregular stones were ballast stones from the ships coming in to pick up cotton.


 Pirates used to hang out at this house, “The Pirate House”, between raids on treasure laden ships.


While we were in Savannah we went back up to SC to visit Hilton Head which is about 30 miles from Savannah.  It has a lot of beautiful manicured entrances to gated golf communities.  They must expect only locals to shop in the area because all shopping centers and stores are hidden behind trees and bushes.   The city must regulate their signs very closely as there is only one sign per store or center and the size is small.


Lafayette to Washington D.C. July 7, 2007

Monday, July 9th, 2007

We hooked up in the drizzling rain near Houston and headed to Lafayette, LA.  We drove off and on in the rain all day.
Our RV Park was out in the country and very pretty.  Even though we have a washer/dryer combination we were behind on the wash.  Four loads in their commercial machines and we are now caught up.  See even traveling around the country we still have to do the same chores as we did in the stick and brick house.
Here is a picture of the row of RVs’ in our row.

Here is a row of RV’s that look all alike.


Doesn’t quite look like our row of Montanas’ at the Montana Rally.  This is a row of FEMA trailers.  We saw a few RV parks with just all FEMA trailers.
We ate at Rick’s favorite restaurant in Lafayette, Prejeans (prey jzons), with Cajun entertainment.  Rick had a baked lump crab in a cream sauce with cheddar cheese bubbling on top.  Tinka had a combination platter of Crawfish etouffee and fried Crawfish. So much for the diet!!!!!
We wanted to get up early and get on the road.  Not to be.  We wanted to make it to near Montgomery, AL for the day.  It wasn’t to be in the stars as it poured on us most of the day and we fell a few miles short.  As we left Lafayette and headed to Baton Rouge, we drove over a bridge that is about 40 miles long.  It was a bridge crossing the swamps, bayous and lakes.  The bridge was about 30 feet high.  That must have been fun building with the mosquitoes, alligators and all the critters that live there.


 That is not land but green algae on the water.

Another one of the swamp.

We stayed in a city park near Montgomery, AL (that was 5 miles out in the country).  It was very different from all the RV parks we have stayed in everywhere.  Instead of RVs’ parked all in a row, there were one or two sites by themselves scattered throughout the park. 


Most were pull-throughs running parallel with the roads.  Easy in and easy out. We didn’t even unhook for the night.

Our next drive was from Montgomery, AL and spending the night near Atlanta, GA.  One of our favorite songs to dance to is Chattahoochee River by Alan Jackson.  We passed over the Chattahoochee River 2 or 3 times on our drive into GA.  It reminded us of the Guadalupe River near Austin that everyone tubes and floats down.  There were people canoeing and tubing both times we crossed the river.  We couldn’t tell if Alan Jackson was in the crowd!!!!.

Then we drove from GA to Greensboro, NC and stayed in another city park with lots of space.

Last night we arrived in VA to meet up with Rick’s 2 brothers and families.  We are getting ready to go visit them now.  We’ll put a hold on our traveling for a few weeks and do touristy things in the Washington DC area.

To all the people in the DFW area have a dry day!