Day 31 & 32: Steamy and Sultry

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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South Savannah KOA Campground

Flag of United States  , Georgia
Sunday, August 3, 2008

The 7-hr drive from Ft Lauderdale to Savannah went smoothly, punctuated only by Matt & my game of Spot the Cop. We had been warned that Florida police were noted for their rigidity when spotting a 'speeder' but we were unprepared for the sheer number of Highway Patrol cars out on the roads. It seemed there was either a parked sheriff every couple of miles or a patrol car on the chase, hounding down their prey. Am proud to say Matt dodged 'em all and came out of Florida with his clean driving record (this US term) in tact.
We (truthfully, that would be me) considered ducking out of our pre-booked campsite for the night when we struck a few patches of thunder & lightning and some heavy rain on the way through Georgia, but the skies cleared somewhat and as we had no where else to go, we continued on. Turned out to be a lovely night - we had a few (too many) of Matt's new favourite beers which helped block out the heat that had returned post-storm.
We had high expectations for Savannah and were not disappointed - it's a really pretty town, great food and weather we've become aclimated to. We took the town tourist trolley - again, the kids did not bring their walking feet and we had our heads to consider. We hopped off for lunch, and then again for ice-creams, but otherwise just sat back listened to the tour guide tell us mostly, about the Savannah landmarks relative to Midnight in the Garden of Evil, a book/movie neither Matt or I have read/seen. There were also plenty of references to the making of the Forrest Gump movie - we spotted the place where he sat on the bench, except the bench had been placed there for the movie and then removed, so it was really just an empty space we looked at.
Camping night two brought two suprises - we met an Australian couple based in Whistler who were doing a similar trip to ours (minus the three kids) and we had another tenting in the rain experience. We shelved our plans for camp cooking and made a dash to a local seafood diner for some crabs, and then dashed back to our sodden tent and lay listening to the rain. Not sure if tents are made differently these days, but I spent ages anxiously issuing pleas for the boys to stop touching the tent as the rain would come in, only to discover nothing seeped in. In fact, the only moisture inside the tent was that made by the child who had 2 pink lemonades for dinner. Savannah day two, we thought we'd try to get in to Paula Deen's 'Lady & Son's' restaurant, somebody we'd heard repeated praise for since arriving in Savannah, but no luck. They open their door to potential guests at 9.30am, but when we arrived at 11am the lunch sitting was fully booked, so we went to Tybee Island instead and ate at the Crabshack. We were seated on the 'Gator Deck - we overlooked the pond full of alligators which was entertaining for the kids. There was an opportunity to feed the alligators - $3 for a bag of 4 pieces of vitamin-enhanced chicken pellets, which we duly poked onto the end of fishing lines and dangled around the alligators mouths. Kitschy, but fun. And that was that for Georgia ... next stop, Charleston in South Carolina.
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