Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nothin' could be finer than to be in Caroliner.......

Last week Rick and I had the opportunity to go with my parents to the East Coast. We flew into Jacksonville then rented a car and drove to Amelia Island to stay for the night. The historic town was called Fernandino and was very nice. We had to take off our shoes and stick our toes in "the great Atlantic" because...how often do you get to do that? The weather was very warm and humid. Nice for the skin. I love the beach. I could have cuddled up with a book and stayed on the beach all day....but we had things to do. Right next to our hotel was Fort Clinch State Park. Inside was the longest pier on the Eastern seaboard. While my parents declined we (of course) walked to the end.
We got to see some dolphins on our jaunt.
Rick with the local wildlife.

Dad and Mom and the fort.

Our next stop was Savannah, GA. We got there at lunchtime so we stopped at The Pirate House restaurant. It is a very old building (cir. 1700's) where the Pirates used to wine. Legend has it that civilians were shanghied here. One such man went into the place for a drink and woke up the next morning on a ship to India. It took him 2 years to get home. In this picture is the remains of an old tunnel that was found in fixing up the place. Kinda Creepy! Oh yeah, they say this place is haunted too. Weird!

Savannah was in bloom and very beautiful. There were even a few magnolias left on the trees.

Next was the Tybee Island Lighthouse.
We climed all 185 steps which afforded us a very nice view.

On Thursday we got into Charleston, SC. The air was so fragrant with the 'Carolina Jasmine' in bloom. We took a horse and buggy ride (we did that in Savannah too) to see the sights and learn about the area. Historic Charleston is an amazing place. One of the funnest things we did was just drive around and look at the pretty homes and gardens.
The historic homes are incredibly beautiful.

We stopped to take a look out at Fort Sumpter (where the Civil War began). You can't see it in this picture but it's out in Charleston's Bay.

Overall it was a great trip. We sure enjoyed being with my parents. I hope we didn't run them too ragged. I know it's getting harder for them to get around as they get older but we sure make some great memories when we're with them. We'll have those FOREVER! I think maybe they're actually thinking about going to Hawaii on our next outing. That totally came from them.....so with a little planning we'll see what we can do.


  1. Wonderful! I love the east coast and the humidity, believe it or not. I lived in Orlando for a few years and it was wonderful for my skin, as you said! I loved reading about the different placed you go and the fun adventures you always have.

  2. Hey I just learned about Fort Sumpter in History yesterday! Fun stuff! :)

  3. Wow, that looks like such a nice trip. I'm glad you guys had a nice time.

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  5. So fun! I love how you go, see and do... I want to come too. Glad you had a great trip, we enjoyed Grandma telling us all about it.