Wormsloe Historical Site, Savannah Ga.

This scenic historic site located in  Savannah Georgia USA  can easily be missed by visitors to the area because it is off the beaten path of the Historic District of the city.  Located on Isle of Hope a coastal community in the southeast area of Savannah, this former plantation has an abundance of wildlife, salt marsh, historic ruins, a colonial village, a military battery and relaxing walking trails that will take you a step back in time.  The gateway canopy of oaks sets the pace for the breathtaking views you will see at Wormsloe.  The tree lined avenue of 400 oaks is a 1.5 mile walk and  other trails branch off from there.

The site of the tabby ruins nestles up to the salt marsh. Tabby homes were built in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida in the 1700’s. Tabby is made with burned oyster shells, sand, and water.

Oysters make a home in the salt marshes in Coastal Georgia.

The Colonial Village will likely interest the young visitors who find a day out looking at nature and museums boring

For I95 Georgia travelers exit #109…it’s about a 40 minute drive, and there is no where to eat at the site, so I suggest stopping in nearby Sandfly at myfavorite barbecue restaurant in Savannah.  No need for directions because you will pass right through Sandfly.  Also, bring bug spray for the walking trails, and expect high heat and humidity in the summer.


Happy travels…..get off the interstates and see more than billboards….:)


Celebrating the end of January with a walk in the park…Savannah Ga. USA

I’ll start by apologizing for all the shadows in my photos of beautiful Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia USA.  With an average of 261 days of sunshine a year, and me being a lazy morning person, I always have the 2PM high sun.   January happens to be my least favorite month, so today with a little pep in my step, I put on my Nike’s, a hooded sweatshirt and headed out to check the trees and plants for any hint of spring.


The city of Savannah was designed in the 1700’s and homes were built around the city squares.  Like the squares, homes also surround this 30 acre park that is family friendly, full of greenery, and hosts open concerts and festivals throughout the year.  It’s not unusual to see visitors touching the spanish moss that drapes the trees,  but it is home to some very tiny critters.  To read more : https://effinghammoves.com/2017/04/18/itchy-moss/


The fountain at the entrance to the park is a popular “selfie” spot  and is featured in many tourist guides. During Savannah’s huge St Patricks Day celebration in March  the fountain water is flowing green.  A variety of architecture surrounds the park and the multi-color homes are a clear expression of the charm of Savannah.

There are Bed and Breakfast style lodging near the park and also one of Savannah’s most sought after full service luxury  hotels and spa…The Mansion….http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com


You can finish off your day with some light shopping, a quick cup of coffee, or some healthy food choices at http://www.brighterdayfoods.com/ on the south end of the park.


As it turned out the first month of the year went out with a pleasant day in the Hostess city of the South”.  Minutes from exit 109 of the I95…..in Georgia you are sure to find true hospitality in this beautiful city….

Happy travels…try the Shrimp and grits….boiled peanuts…..and Sweet Tea


Merry Christmas from Coastal Georgia/South Carolina


Travel tip….Huddle House is open for good eats on Christmas Day…..To find a location https://locations.huddlehouse.com/search.html

Happy Travels 🙂



Travel Florida for the Holidays-Ocala

Two things come to mind for most people considering  a Florida vacation, first is DisneyWorld/Orlando and the second is two coastlines with miles of beautiful beaches.

This week I decided mix things a bit, if you have been reading my posts you probably figured out by now that I jump off those interstates as often as possible.  Without a doubt this week is one of the busiest times you can ever be on the I95, and I75  through Florida, Georgia, the Carolina’s and if the weather isn’t to bad all the way up into the Northeastern States.


I traveled I95 into Jacksonville Florida from Georgia,  then cut over to US 301South. There are many small towns but the speed limit stays at about 55MPH for a good bit of the trip.  My final destination was the Rainbow River near Dunnelon, with of an urge to swim in the chilly 70º springs.  But today we’re stopping in Ocala.

Having only a short two hour drive to Orlando the sight of sprawled out homesites, split rail fencing, fresh water streams, and hills makes this look and feel so much different than the tropical scenery of most of Florida. Ocala is a small city with a preserved downtown area offering an good choice of restaurants, entertainment and local owned business.  We had an early dinner at the landmark restaurant named “Harry’s seafood bar and grill” , and yes I recommend it. http://hookedonharrys.com/menu-ocala/   


The center of activity  was around Courthouse Square that was festive for the Christmas season.

And if you feel like “horsing around” , there’s enough of that too!

Happy travels…Get off the Interstates and visit the side streets…they are full of good old American charm..

Merry Christmas 2017









Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina USA


I made quick stop this morning to walk the nature trail and give myself an excuse to stay off the treadmill today.  December is a great month in coastal South Carolina because the humidity is gone, the morning temperature was a chilly 37º, and the pesty mosquitos and gnats are in hiding.  I walked the main 3.5 mile trail that borders the salt marsh. The serene setting enables me to think about what it must have been like to habitat and farm this island hundred of years ago.

I’ll make another trip back there this spring and try to catch some of  natures beautiful animals and plants that don’t like the chilly days….But for now here is some scenery

For travelers on the I95 exit SC #8 (hwy 278) go east 20 miles towards Hilton Head Island. As you get to the bridge for the island you will see the sign for Pinckney Island on your left.  It’s free and parking is easy.  There are no restrooms or snack shops on the island so make a stop along the way because you will want to stay awhile and scout out the trails. Bikes, hiking and salt water fishing is allowed in the estuarine.

Happy travels 🙂



Holiday Gingerbread house..Grand Floridian Disney World USA



Disneyworld is my “no doubt about it” favorite vacation destination.  Living within 5 hours of Orlando makes it easy to visit at least twice a year.

This is one of my holiday tips for those that have not seen the Grand Floridian decorated for Christmas and the huge Gingerbread house, so make sure to jot this down.  Its just another beyond imagination creation of the talented Disney staff.

If you stay at any of the Disney resorts and take their transportation you can figure out a way to get on the bus that stops at this resort.  It’s close to the Magic Kingdom and you can also take the monorail from the park to this resort.  Fun for all ages and a great lunch stop.

Happy travels 🙂    For more info: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/11/fantastical-gingerbread-displays-decorate-the-walt-disney-world-resort/



Lancaster Pennsylvania-Bring your appetite


No speeding
Baked fresh
Home cooking and great prices


I never pass up the opportunity to get off the Pennsylvania turnpike and take any of the rolling highways through Lancaster, Berks and York county on the east side of the state.

I have stopped my vehicle at the look out points to take  a moment of silence to reflect on  the beauty I was surrounded by.

We often identify the state of Pennsylvania by the large cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia that also have some of the best baked breads and “cheesesteak” sandwiches in the world but in between there is a mountain of beauty.

The  life of the Amish community is amazing to watch, and encouraged me to pass on  my own family traditions to my children and grandchildren.  We certainly can use some simplicity in our complicated fast paced world.

The locally owned restaurants feature home cooking with fresh ingredients and the farmers markets are more than a treat and they sell lots of treats!!!

Try the “shoofly pie”  yep….it’s yummy

For more information visit: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/index.asp