On a Walk Through the Park

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

We took a short walk last night and got the two pre-sunset pictures.  It stayed in the high fifties last night and we slept well.  When I got up, it was about sixty-two degrees and clouded over.  We drove into Savannah, where we went to mass at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  It's a fairly good sized church and was quite full.  There were lots of young families, which made the experience even better.  We love to see the youngsters and how they relate to each other is such a setting.  The homily by Father McCarthy was a good one.  

We left church and found a Target store.  I had threatened to buy a short-sleeved shirt, so Lynnie held me to it.  I have been wearing long sleeves for about three years due to a sun allergy I had developed from some medication I had been taken.  We did find a shirt after much searching and at a bargain.  We also bought a set of dominoes as a replacement for the dreaded card games.  Then the problems began...

We asked the Hussy to lead us back to the camp, but apparently she was having a problem locating the GPS satellite.  We were on our own!  We did a quick conference and took off, re-tracing our route to the store by memory.  If you think that travel doesn't improve your memory, you'd be wrong.  We got most of the way back and the GPS re-appeared and By Jove, we were going in the right direction!  

Back at camp, we lunched and got ready for a nature trip on the Sand Piper Trail.  While waiting, we toured the small museum at the Interpretive Center.  The photo is of a Giant Sloth, which had resided in the area prior to it's going into extinction.  I don't know how much of the skeleton is real bone, but it surely is impressive.  Many other specimens were there also, including a small alligator, about eighteen inches in length.  

Our guide Kate did only a fair job of informing us of the flora and fauna on the trail.  She's a clerk at the park and does naturalist work by default.  Through no fault of her own, it would seem.  She was able to answer most questions, but thanks to some of the members of our group, we did learn a bit.  The Earthwork pictured was constructed during the Civil War to keep cannon and wheeled vehicles of the Union Army from entering the area.  By the way, my nephew, James, told us that the refer to that war as "The Northern war of aggression".  Makes me laugh, but I suppose anyone who still flies the rebel flag would agree.

The marsh was also used by Moonshiners to make their brew.  There were no bridges back then, so they could easily make produce and then transport their product right into Savannah by boat.  The Moonshine Pit pictured was one site that remains.  At one time there were up to thirty stills on the island.  Some show signs of the Revenoors axe marks on the remaining metal pieces.

The tide being out during our walk, we could see fiddler crabs and a limited number of tracks in the mud.  These crabs eat vegetation, some sort of grass, as their main food source.  The burrow a "J-shaped" hole in order to have an air space during the high tide.  There are also deer and raccoons in the area.  Several species of birds reside there also, however all that we saw were more cardinals near the Interpretative Center.  We intend to walk the Avian Loop this week to see what we can spot.

Many of the "weekenders" have left already and the park is getting quieter yet.  A nearby motorhome has three huskies as family members.  I don't have any grudge with huskies, but they are not easily trained and one of these guys easily pushed his "master" around with ease.  Two of them actually slept on the dash!  They are quiet though, so why am I going on about this?  Need to vent, ah reckon.

We're going to go into Savannah tomorrow, so expect more learning via text and photograph tomorrow.  I'll be reminding you to stop back, so never fear...
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