Guyton Georgia USA tells it’s own story… — EffinghamMoves

Located 28 miles northwest of Savannah Georgia by way of Georgia Hwy 17N you will find yourself imaging life in the 1800’s, as you see the beautifully preserved Victorian era homes. Some of the historic homes were built by affluent Savannah folks as summer homes or get a ways during yellow fever outbreaks. Graced with walking […]

via Guyton Georgia USA tells it’s own story… — EffinghamMoves

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Ease through Friday the 13th

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Being superstitious at times can be a good thing. My grandmother lived healthy  to on old age, and along with the usual acts of not walking under ladders and staying out of the path of black cats, she kept her own “do not do” list.  For all of you that move cautiously today you may as well jot these down:

  • On Friday the 13th do not make a major purchase or a life changing decision, you will never be happy with it
  • Do not put new shoes on the table because they will never fit right
  • Never sneeze before breakfast because the devil will be with you all day
  • Never wash your blankets in May, because you will wash someone away
  • Never buy a broom in May, because you will sweep someone away
  • If you are not in the mood for company do not drop a dish towel, visitors will come
  • Do not sit at a dinner table with thirteen people because one will die within the year
  • Do not move into a house that the numbers add up to thirteen, not unless you plan to move again real soonI
  • f you are expecting a baby, do not look at monkeys on the tv or at the zoo, your child will not behave
  • Do not carry a shovel through the house, or you will be digging a grave soon
  •  The foot of your bed should not face the doorway, unless you plan to move soon
  • When visitors leave your home make sure they leave through the same door they entered, if not they’ll be right back
  • Do not take an old broom to a new house, you will not be able to make a fresh start

If by chance you happen to slip up and act on one of these, there’s no need to panic!!!  Just rearrange the furniture in your house…that’s it..if you change your furniture you change your luck and all is good.  If a friend gets themselves caught up in the “do not do” list…no problem…just take some broken dishes and set them on their doorstep, and all is well again.

After finishing  my breakfast cereal “Lucky charms” of course,  off to work I go…have a great day 🙂

Cannon Beach, Oregon USA-Pacific NorthWest Coast

Because of my frequent visits to Oregon I am finally packing to accommodate the weather pattern that averages 81 inches of rain a year.
My rain jacket, gloves and saltwater duck boots have me out and about in comfort, and I’m very close to tossing the umbrella away and carrying on like a local.

The scenery of the rocky shoreline is quite spectacular. There is a four mile area of sandy beach for seashell hunting or a glimpse of wildlife.  With a keen eye you may spot a whale, bald eagle, seal or crabs to name just a few.  The ocean temperature ranges from 55º-64’º at its warmest in the month of August.
You most likely will find that a little “nippy”.
The shoreline offers rock formations with a backdrop of gray fog . The most prominent being Haystack Rock, the smaller ones are referred to as “the Needles”
The community is friendly for tourists offering:
A good selection of restaurants
Galleries
Clothing shops
Grocery stores


RV Accommodations
Public parking
Public restrooms
Taverns
Specialty stores (candy, olive oil, sporting goods, coffee shops)

Resort style rental accommodations with ocean front views are available throughout the town. Seasonal rates apply, but if you’re flexible you can grab a great deal in the winter, and the scenery will still be there.
The community offers a feel  of “seaside living”, with cedar shake siding homes.   I found it quaint and welcoming for a year round destination.

From Portland the drive is less than 2 hours and it is 4.5 hours south of Seattle Washington.  Travel  US 26 or Hwy 101 and take in the views of the forest, ocean, waterfalls and more.

Happy travels 🙂

Okeefenokee Swamp, natures treasure chest

The Okeefenokee swamp is located in south Georgia and Florida.
The area is approximately 700 square miles and is the largest swamp in North America.

You can easily spend a full day or more in the park capturing a glimpse of the many species of birds, reptiles, plants, mammals, fish, and amphibians.
We entered the park in Waycross, Georgia 59 miles west of I 95 at the US 82 exit in Brunswick Georgia.
The park is very accommodating with a gift shop, information center, restrooms, boat tours, a train tour, 92’ observation tower, snack and gift shop, and a reptile show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real.

There is an admission fee, with several discounts offered including the senior discount. We passed on the boat tour because we did not allot enough time. The park closes before dark unless they are hosting a night event or light show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real or part of the attraction.

I was excited about the observation tower but it offered me a challenge. It is accessible by boat or walking through the swamp…yikes…they have a walkway that is about 6 inches above the water.  Of course, the release of liability required to be signed was only the beginning of my apprehension. My first time out there i just couldn’t do it.

Most of the boardwalk is high enough to feel comfortable and the animals mostly come out at night , but you never know..I doubt they follow a rule book

My second try at the low board I looked straight ahead and walked quickly. I was so relieved to see the steps going up at the end. On our way back I walked in front of my husband. When I got halfway I thought this is it, I did it, and then I heard the splash! I ran and then I heard a big splash! When I jumped up on the steps, I forgot all about Hubby. I called out for him and he didn’t answer because he was standing real still and quiet. Anyways, he finally came up a few minutes later and said “I think it was a small gator or a snake”…So folks if I go back again I’ll take the boat. Children under 18 are not permitted on the walkway and should not go on it..I ‘m usually not a scare-dy cat but this is the real deal, there are no mechanical animals here.

The observation tower is a treat for birdwatchers at 60 feet, but to take photos and see the view of the 25 mile radius on a clear day I made my way to 92 feet. You can see the blackwater winding creeks and way down upon the Suwannee River🎶

The tour guide on the train was very informative, and had a personal relationship with the wildlife. The dominant alligators have names and their behavior is monitored and studied. Mating season is in late March.

The reptile show was very interesting and I would suggest it for school age children.

Temperature was 65 degrees, and sunny. No bugs bothered us, and best of all there were no “litter bugs” the water was sparkling and only the habitants were floating around..

Happy travels 🙂 through America the beautiful…Share the good advise from the swamp

 

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Niagara Falls…up close

 

One of my favorite vacation destinations is Niagara Falls. The weather is touch and go in the spring and fall, but summers are pleasant. To see the falls up close and experience the force of this wonder of nature I would suggest the attraction “The Maid of the Mist” You can board from either the American or Canadian side of the Falls. I would rate it cautiously family friendly. The rocking of the boat can be rattling and I had to hold on tight. My grandchildren had a big time and we were mesmerized by the beauty.

Just when you feel like you’re getting too close the current assists the captain in getting the boat turned around quite easily.

 

Dress for the occasion, regardless of how warm and dry the weather is you will get cool and wet. The park will provide you with a poncho, before you board the boat in the gorge so getting there can be a bit of a challenge. You can expect to feel strong wind gusts, hear the seagulls,  see fish jumping , and smell the fresh cold water with a fishy scent.

 

For more information please visit: https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/attractions-and-tours/maid-of-the-mist

Be prepared to “fall in love” Happy travels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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