Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Through Georgia to Florida

The fabulous view from the Boileau's deck in Hilton Head. Their house was at the end of the road and had views on 2 sides over to the intercoastal waterway. 

The four of us pose under the Harbor
Town sign

Both Debra and Richard are accomplished conch
musicians, the traditional announcement of the 
sunset in the cruising community.

The weather has been beautiful. The famous
lighthouse at Hilton Head is behind us.

After our visit with the Kelley's we continued south to the Skidaway Island State Park outside of Savannah. This is a very popular place and we had to make our reservations early last fall - it was full the whole 4 days there. And we can see why - surrounded by marshes with miles of trails but not far from the city. 
But our first day there we left Baby in her site and backtracked up to Hilton Head to visit cruiser friends, Debra and Richard Boileau. We got to know them in Trinidad, Bonaire, Aruba and Cartagena, Columbia. Long time cruisers, they circumnavigated in their first boat Strider and then purchased a large catamaran, Tango, and cruised the Caribbean.
It was a fun visit with lots of stories of times together. We visited them two years ago on our first RV trip in Homosassa, FL but they moved up to Hilton Head this summer and have settled in here very happily. 
The next day we turned south again and stopped in Savannah to walk all around and have lunch. Vic's on the River is a favorite spot from our past visits and didn't disappoint this time. After a quiet night out at Skidaway Island, we returned to Savannah on Sunday and walked all over, admiring the many parks and beautiful homes. We started the day at Clary's for breakfast, the famous location from the Garden of Good and Evil book and movie, then toured the Owen's-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. "Built in 1819, this mansion exemplifies the neoclassical styles popular in England during the Regency period. It allows visitors to explore the complicated relationships between the most powerful and least powerful people in the city of Savannah in the early 19th century." We were moved by the stories and histories of the enslaved people that lived and worked in that house. 
Next we visited the Telfair Academy Art Museum as they had a special exhibit on the Bonaventure Cemetery with the Bird Girl Statue, removed from the cemetery for safety. But the morning walk had tired us out so after a lunch and nap back at Baby, we went out again for a walk through the marshes at Skidaway Island. They have miles of trails with signs detailing the wildlife and vegetation. 
On Monday we drove south again to visit our friends and neighbors from Shrewsbury, VT, Doris and George Perry. They have a second home in Palm Coast, FL. George prepared a delicious meal for us and we had fun catching up with local and world news. Doris volunteers as a whale watcher to track right whales and for the last two years she hadn't seen any. The morning we arrived she watched a mother and baby playing off the coast for hours - so exciting!!! But next morning we were off again, this time to Winter Park to see Harpal & Jeannie Dharma. More in my next post.

The garden at the Smith- Thomas House is modern,
 other than a small herb patch. It originally would
have been the work space for the enslaved people and
14 of them crowded into the one half of the Carriage
 House you see beyond it - along with laundries etc. 

The main entrance to the home. Marquis de
 Lafayette stayed here in 1825, a dedicated 
abolitionist, all enslaved peoples were banned 
from appearing in public during his visit! 
Never the less during a tour of nearby Yorktown
he recognized and embraced James Armistead
Lafayette, a free man of color who had served
with him during the Revolutionary War (he was
the first US double agent spy).


The iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous on the
cover of the book The Garden of Good and Evil.
One of the countless beautiful parks in Savannah.
Our very private site at Skidaway Island State Park
Heather, Doris, George and Scott in a selfie
A view from the trail at Skidaway Island State Park - in the far distance is one of the many 
bridges on the ICW that Scott Free passed under during our trips south and north along the eastern coast. 

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