Last week Steve and I took a quick trip down South to Savannah, Georgia. It has been a place I've wanted to go see since I was in high school and dreaming about attending SCAD - the Savannah College of Art and Design. That didn't quite happen, but my desire never faded. So we said goodbye to the dog, boarded our plane and hit the road.. or sky really. An added bonus of a southern trip in February is the warm weather. Back in Detroit it was 20 degrees and snowing. While we were there we only needed a light jacket. It was so incredibly nice.
One of the things I love most about the South is the Spanish moss adorning the giant trees that overhang the roads and sidewalks. It has to be one of the prettiest things in just about ever. The picture below was taken at Emmet Park. Aren't those trees just gorgeous? We walked all over Savannah and tried to soak up as much as possible. From River Street, to the shops, local dining, SCAD and a tour on the Peacemaker. There was a Dick Blick art store on campus, so of course we (me) had to stop in and pick-up some supplies. We don't have any Blick art stores in Michigan, so I was down right giddy about this.
Friday we traveled east about 20 minutes to Tybee Island. It was stunning and completely serene. We walked miles down the beach and the only sounds to be heard were from the ocean. We could have stayed there for days. Before we left we came across a hurricane category sign that really put the snow in Michigan in perspective for us. Steve is 6'4" and still shorter than a category 2. Crazy.
Saturday, we decided since we were close enough to take a day trip up to Charleston, South Carolina. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from Savannah. We walked around charming downtown Charleston, visited the City Market, and made our way over to Fort Sumter by ferry. If y'all don't know Fort Sumter was where the Civil War started. It was a neat thing to go see and soak up all of that history. On the ferry we could see dolphins swimming along side us. We had never seen anything like this before. It felt like we were little kids on Christmas morning.
The weather started warming up nicely back in Georgia and the next day we ventured out to Oatland Island to the National Wildlife Reserve. It was so much fun to walk around the trails and see all of the animals. We didn't see any wild gators (thankfully), but in the reserve we did see wolves, a cougar, a fox, bobcats and other wildlife that you just don't see very often if ever at all. I also had a little run in with a giant sheep that did not like me very much. I think I got just a little bit too close for his liking. It rammed the fence right in front of me and I pretty much screamed and ran. City girl at the farm.. what are you gonna do.
Tuesday morning we packed it up and headed back to chilly Detroit. The city welcomed us back with 18 degrees and a snow storm. That's just about right. We had so much fun though and are planning our next trip already. Thanks for the warm weather Georgia! xoxo