|Another glorious day - sun, blue skies, temp going to 71 degrees.
Had breakfast at the hotel and then got into our car and drove to Forsythe Square Park. What a beautiful place. There's a huge, old fountain at one end. The live oak trees are magnificent and the houses that ring the park are absolutely amazing. They are huge, with verandas, porches, unbelievable trim, colors. We took a few photos of both the trees and the houses to include in this narrative.
Then we drove over to Tybee Island. I was expecting a really nice beach community with shops and restaurants and hotels and resorts. I was disappointed. It was rather junky - very few of the stores were open. I didn't see too many restaurants that were open either. It was kind of deserted and not very pretty.
We drove a little further north on the island and had lunch at the famous Crab Shack. There were many live alligators in a separate area from the restaurant. You can buy alligator food and feed them. This place was really kitchy, and I didn't expect much from the food, but we were pleasantly surprised. I had a delicious shrimp salad sandwich with a cup of crab chowder and Buz had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with Brunswick stew.
We walked over to the crab shack store where they had cages filled with macaws and parrots. One of them, Bonnie, was 76 years old, they said. She had been on a Merchant Marine ship and went all over the world with that crew. She's outlived 2 owners and now resides there. She squawked and squawked, as did a couple of the macaws. I thought my eardrums were going to burst!
On our way off the island, we stopped at Fort Pulaski, named after Count Casimer Pulaski, the Polish hero of the American Revolution who lost his life in the unsuccessful siege of Savannah in 1779. This Fort was occupied and used in the Civil War by the Confederate troups, but the Union Army defeated the Confederates and they were forced to surrender the Fort. I've never visited a Fort and it was most interesting. When you are actually in one of these historic places, you can really imagine what the men who fought there went through. It would be an interesting read for anyone who is interested in our country's history.
We tried our air conditioning in the car on the way out this morning, and it wasn't working. Buz called Todd to see if he could diagnose the problem over the phone. We stopped at an Auto Zone and bought some freon and a leak stopper. Buz will deal with that problem when we get to Lynnie and Larry's house in Spring Hill, FL. That's the first problem we've had with the car on a trip that we can recall.
We came back to the hotel and joined in the social hour, then came up to our suite to relax and watch Idol - the girls.
Tomorrow, we pack up and leave Savannah for Spring Hill, FL to visit with Lynnie and Larry for 5 days.