My sneeze attack this morning confused my brainy calendar. I set myself on Monday because I’m so allergic to that day, but quickly realized it was Tuesday. I stayed away from negative thoughts of a cold or flu and looked outside to confirm my suspicion of yellow pollen. It was twice as nice to see it all over my car and steps because that means spring is almost here and the prettiest flowers with beautiful fragrance will be everywhere.
Azaleas. magnolias, camellias and dogwoods will create a colorful canvas of scenery in the southeast during February and March. Mix it up with some sunshine and feel natures flower power to enjoy the day…..:)
If you happen to wander our way and want to be a bit of a “know it all” around your friends, use my cheat sheet:
For more information on the Camellia garden on Hilton Head Island:
The Coastal discovery center has an easy walking trail and it located on Hilton Head Island, S Carolina. Exit #8 S. Carolina off the I95 travel east to Hilton Head Island and you will see more than billboards.
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….:)
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
Twenty five miles northwest of Savannah Georgia in Effingham County is New Ebenezer one of the first five settlements in Georgia USA. In 1741 the colonists who originated in the Province of Salzburg known today as Austria made this their home. Bring a lunch and plan to spend the day. Situated on the banks of […]
I finished up my early morning “volunteer work” ahead of schedule today. The sun and 60º temperature on a January day quickly convinced me to find something to do outdoors.
I happened to be in Beaufort S.Carolina, so cruising around the “sea islands” with the serene scenery is just what I needed to calm my mind and spirit.
I started out by crossing the Beaufort River over the Woods Memorial Bridge onto Lady’s Island. In recent years this area with all it’s beauty has become a vibrant community. You’ll easily come to that conclusion when you see the fancy new Walmart.
Woods Memorial Bridge
Forest Gump not in Mississippi
If you ever watched the movie “Forest Gump” you will recognize the bridge.
Traveling south on US 21, I crossed onto St Helena Island. Things slow down a bit here and the island is rich in history of the Gullah Culture.
Bring a sack to fill up at the roadside fruit and vegetable farms.
I turned onto the 7 mile highway to Lands End. This is where things get interesting because I hope to “see the light”. I have no fear of the haunting tales because if there is a spirit surrounded by the beauty of this area it surely has to be at peace.
I find myself frequently pulling the car to the side of the road to snap a photo or just sit and think about things. The idea that this area has been inhabited since the 1700’s, renews my faith in the fact that we are of a kind and gentle folk. The untouched marshes, creeks and rivers are a sanctuary to the natural wildlife freely living in harmony with us.
The Gullah culture is rich and “Praise houses” are still on the island. In my travels this is the only area I have seen this.
My holidays travels had me out and about and I found my way into central Florida. The weather was just perfect at 72º, so I had the urge to jump into the Rainbow Spring. There were others that had the same idea and it’s pretty cool…both the idea and temperature. You also have to be a little brave because you may have a close encounter with some of the natural habitants of the river. The state park area has a designated swim spot and it is patrolled to keep an eye out for alligators or dangerous snakes. We spent 2 days in Dunnelon, and found plenty to do.
The city and surrounding area has an interesting history of being a mining town for phosphate. That was news to me but explains why this little city has some old homes and buildings. Today, you will find a nice variety of shops, motels, restaurants and a lot of water sports…It’s easy enough to rent equipment or take a river cruise on an airboat.
To get a feel for the community and and the welcoming atmosphere get off the I75 and find your way to US 41 and see a part of the not so tropical Florida
Happy travels off the interstate…..it’s much more fun to experience the scenery first hand
I’d like to tell you all I live here but I can’t say that today…This cozy small community with pastel colored homes is so charming. Located just south of Beaufort S. Carolina it has been catching the eye of newcomers to the Southeast USA. I strolled the small neighborhood of residences and also stopped for lunch at the “Cracked Egg”, one of the few locally owned restaurants. If you like antiques, art and doo-dads, you’ll find shopping for all that with a village like atmosphere.
There’s more….if you like History..that too!
Wildlife and nature at your doorstep…Port Royal is between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek
And with all this and the pleasant year round climate what I like best is the personality of this community …It’s just a happy friendly place…