I 95 Coastal Georgia Traveler breakaway

Traveling through Georgia by way of I95 or US 17, here’s a great little city to spend the day packed full of history and waterfront dining on the Altamaha River. For more information:http://www.cityofdarienga.com/en/

via Darien Ga. 62 miles South of Savannah — EasyRealEstate

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Clairvoyant Clock channels message

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“Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye.”

During my downsizing move last year I made all efforts to find a sentimental family member to take my Mom’s vanity.  It was one with a tapestry stool and three positioning mirrors, but that really doesn’t matter because in the end I sold it.
I posted it on a community yard sale site and it got a hit quickly from a “shabby chic” furniture refinisher.
The buyer and her husband came to my home to pick it up.  My daughter and I were cleaning in the dining room where on my buffet sat a grandmother clock passed on to us when my in-laws downsized.  We never used it because you had to wind it up with a key and it just seemed like way too much work.
The vanity was in a bedroom and the buyers went in there to take the mirrors off to move it. My daughter and I kept cleaning and packing  in the dining room.
As they carried the base of the vanity through the dining room to get out into the garage and I saw it go by I just sighed.  Then I looked up and said out loud “Louise, you never liked that vanity anyway “. Louise was my Mom.
At that very moment we heard a soft lullaby sound. I asked my daughter if that was her cell phone ringtone.
She said “no I don’t know where it’s coming from”. We looked around and then she pointed to the clock, and said “it’s coming from that thing”. It was just for seconds but unlike anything I can describe, not only the sound but the moment just seemed to stand still, like I couldn’t move.
My daughter  looked puzzled  and it took us both a minute to shake out of it.
As the day moved on I felt in touch with my Mom, and just kept thinking she happy to see that vanity finally go.

When my husband got home I was still in a fog.  Curiosity gets the best of me. I told him what happened and he  finds the key.   He winds up the clock and we set it to the hour expecting to hear this heavenly tune. It did have a soothing chime but not a musical tune 🎶 🎶 He checks it for a music box, none in there….So……I guess….

It’s just one of those things that you can only hope will happen again and again. Good for the spirit….

St. Johns River Ferry-Breakaway from I95

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Scenic Florida A1A
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$6.00 passenger vehicle
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OK to get out of your car
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Delicious and fresh
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Crossing just under 1 mile
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St Johns River
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Drop a line
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North side
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interesting history
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Public park
Under the watch of the US Navy
Home of Mayport Naval station, have lunch under the watch of the US Navy
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Fishing community
Fresh seafood
yummy
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Fresh catch
Have lunch or dinner
Shrimp boats out the door of a few tasty seafood restaurants. Sit and relax on the outdoor decking and enjoy the wildlife
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watch for the manatee
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wildlife galore
Ferry
Located 20 miles south of Amelia Island on the scenic Florida A1A.

Anytime I get the chance and have the extra time going to Florida I exit the I95  and hop on the A1A.  If you are traveling south on I95 from Georgia into Florida look for the Yulee exit to Fernadina Beach or if you are traveling north into Georgia get off in Jacksonville and get the A1A at the beach.

This will set you back about an hour through the Jacksonville area if you don’t stop and look at the beautiful ocean and river scenery.

Things to look out for:  You may get a peak at an aircraft carrier in port at Mayport Naval station

Manatees and an abundance of other wildlife

Restaurants with a selection of fresh fish and other seafood , available to eat in or pack in your travel cooler

If your traveling with the little folk the ferry is great fun too!!!

Happy trails…don’t miss the Florida A1A

 

 

A natural beauty some locals don’t even know about-Palmetto Bluff SC

Take I-95 to Exit 8 in South Carolina. At Exit 8, take Hwy. 278 East and proceed to SC 170 (8 miles). Exit right on SC 170 and follow it to the traffic circle (4 miles). Proceed around traffic circle. Take the third exit, heading East on SC 46. Proceed to Palmetto Bluff entrance (2 miles). Located just south of Hilton Head Island and just north of Savannah Ga. on the May River.

You can spend an afternoon, enjoy a great lunch or for lodging information please contact: https://www.palmettobluff.com/stay/

For real estate information:https://www.palmettobluff.com/live/home-listings/?direction=desc&order=by_price&type=home

 

The mystery of the history of the chair

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I would never want to seem ungrateful for a gift but this one has sort of become a nuisance.  My 90 year young father in law tagged this chair for me while prepping his home for an estate sale.  I’m really touched because I know how much it meant to him since my mother in law took such great care of it and it was passed on to them  from his mother.

As the story goes, the chair was from a brothel near the train depot in Laramie Wyoming in the 1800’s.  It somehow came into the family through an uncle that worked for the Union Pacific railway.  My father in law believes the brothel was located near the depot, since it was a common gathering place for the rail workers.

Anyway, it really doesn’t flow well with my decor.  My youngest daughter won’t  let my grandchildren sit on it, and my other daughter took it to her home for a brief period while I was downsizing and sent it back because she said it was creepy to look at.

I move it from one room to another and it never looks good.  If I have a guest who happens to sit in it and I tell them where it came from they usually jump right out of it.

I myself have never sat in it, although I’ve been curious to see if it would change my mood at times. 😉

I’ve googled brothels, chairs, Laramie , Laramie antiques and can’t find anything to match it up with.  My only conclusion so far is that it was either foyer or parlor furniture.  In that case to stay with tradition it will remain on my first floor.

If only chairs could talk, it would be a hoot to listen to this one

Jekyll Island a historic gem, on coastal Georgia

 

Jekyll Island is located 93 miles south of Savannah Ga, via Interstate 95.  Travelers can get a break of a busy commercialized beach that offers a good selection of lodging and a campground.

The island has a long history going back to 1733 and 60% of the island today is not developed.

The island features a historic area that was once a vacation spot for the wealthiest Americans.  Other places of interest is the site of Georgia’s first brewery and the Jekyll Island Club where AT&T President Theodore Newton Vail participated in the nations first   transcontinental phone call.

The public beach is beautiful, accessible to shops and restaurants.

Be prepared to pay $6.00 for a daily entry  pass , well worth it.

For more information: http://www.jekyllclub.com/jekyll-island-history/