Jul 10

Georgia on My Mind!

Most of the people we speak to about our travel plans are a little confused because we don’t seem to have specific plans!  They want to know where we are going, why we are going there and what we will do when we get there, so here is a short explanation!  Our initial goal is to celebrate Bill’s Mom’s 90th birthday in Rochester Hills, Michigan in early September.  hedgehog-clip-art-9After that we have no idea what we’ll do … but like the Wandering Hedgehog in Alison Uttley’s Little Grey Rabbit stories.   “I don’t give a jot, ‘cos I’ve got my cooking pot and the whole wide world is mine to wander through”!

Our wandering started when we left Florida and headed for Savannah, Georgia.  Why Savannah?  Well, we just didn’t want to drive any further pulling a 25ft. RV trailer on the first leg of our journey!  ChillinSo we chose the Savannah Oaks Campground that offered what we were looking for:  “a pull-through, full service site”.  It was perfectly located just a short distance from downtown Savannah.

We had visited Savannah in the past but had not been able to explore the city and soak in the beauty of the many squares that make up the downtown historic area.  So, we spent the better part of a day playing tourist.  We chose to start by visiting the Davenport House Museum, mainly because it played an important role in the founding of the Historic Savannah Foundation and the subsequent preservation of many of the beautiful buildings to be seen today.

P1050399The Federal style house was built in the 1820’s by Isaiah Davenport , a successful carpenter from England.  After his death in 1827 at the age of 43, his wife needed income and she converted the home to a boarding house.  The house was eventually sold and over time became a rundown tenement in a seedy part of town.  In 1955 the house was to be demolished and replaced with a parking lot when seven determined women took action to save the building and thus the Historic Savannah Foundation was born.  Since that time, over 350 historic buildings have been restored, and Savannah’s Historic District is one of the largest in the country.

We enjoyed our tour of the three-story Davenport House which was built to house both family members and slaves.  It is authentically restored, with wallpaper designs based on samples taken from existing homes of that period in the neighborhood.  Some of the pillars and fireplaces are original and the house is furnished as it would have been in the 1820s.  Our guide took us back in time to imagine what life was like for the members of the household.  Of course, there was no air-conditioning in those days and the house must have been an oven in the summer!  And despite fireplaces in most of the rooms, we doubt the warmth spread more than a few feet in the winter.

ToMo Chi ChiThere is so much history in a few square blocks that it is a little mind-boggling!  We walked to Wright Square, stopping to read the achievements of Chief of the Yamacraw Indians,  Tomochichi  who, remarkably, lived to be 89 years of age!  On to Oglethorpe Square to photograph the Owens-Thomas House where we decided to pass on another guided tour and head for the Riverfront for a cold beer and seafood lunch!

To get there we used the free “dot” transportation which is a great way to get around the historic district.  Air-conditioned vans run every 20 minutes or so along the main tourists route. We chose The Shrimp Factory for lunch and shared a delicious bouillabaisse and flounder sandwich while we people watched through the windows.  A huge boat laden with cargo towered over us as it sailed out to sea escorted by tugs!Ship in Savannah

The only disappointment was a visit to the City Market which is nothing more than a pedestrian street with a few restaurants and shops!  We made up for it, however, by stopping by world famous Leopold’s Ice Cream for a cold treat before heading back to our quiet, shady campsite.   The next day we meticulously followed our departure checklist in preparation for the drive to our next destination – near Forsyth, a small town just off I-75 just south of Atlanta.  We’ve read stories of RVers driving off still attached to power and/or water connections, so we double checked everything!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Note the Window

Whistle Stop


Priscilla’s sister had recommended we visit The Whistle Stop Café, famous for its location in the film “Fried Green Tomatoes”.  And here we were – just a few miles away!  We set off mid-morning on Sunday (it’s closed on Monday) and were soon walking along “main street” browsing through the shops offering everything from hand crafted gifts to items pulled from grandma’s attic – none of which we were able to accommodate in our house on wheels!  After a short wait rocking on the porch of the Whistle Stop Café, we sampled the fried green tomatoes along with other battered and deep fried food and after chatting with some locals, we headed ‘home’ where we watched the movie!!  Check out information about the book and movie here: Fried Green Tomatoes

After a day relaxing at the campground, catching up on reading and emails, we were ready for our drive to Jasper, Georgia, north of Atlanta, to visit with some friends we had met during our stay in Panama.  We were both a little concerned about having to drive through/around Atlanta but we made it and were soon sipping a cocktail with our friends on the patio of their beautiful home overlooking mountains and a lake … and, on a clear night, the lights of Atlanta.  This would be our home for the 4th of July holiday before moving on to South Carolina’s Upcountry.  What a treat!july 4th

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  1. Mark

    Don’t forget to have some peaches while Georgia is still on your mind. Sica and Kenji just brought some back to us the other day when they traveled through Georgia, delicious!!

    We were going to wait another year or two before we started our RV travels, but now starting to think we should start sooner to catch up with you 🙂

    P.S. Here’s an idea: set up a pinterest.com account for all the other pictures you’re taking on your travels – there’s now 48 million people on pinterest and growing… here’s how one girl did her travels http://pinterest.com/cynthia11/places-i-ve-been/

  2. Florence Lince

    Love the ‘no plan’ lifestyle. Unfortunately we can’t follow same – too much red tape on our end – but we love the idea of watching you two traveling across the US and we’ll wait for whatever surprises you have in store for us. Enjoy and be safe.

  3. Nigel Bagott

    Hi Bill and Priscilla.
    The unit looks great and l hope you are getting the hang of driving. (Do not cut any corners with it.)
    We have a Caravan also and we are taking it down to Devon for a week.
    Looking forward to the next instalment.

    Love from Nigel and Tricia xxx

  4. Susan Penta

    Hi you guys! Love your blog. Savannah is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit. So romantic and historic. Could relate to the questions at the start of your blog. Mostly people want to know “And WHY are you living in Panama???” Pretty funny. Miss you guys and so sorry we were not around for your send off. Glad to see that your adventure is continuing. Best, Sue

  5. Sherry

    HI yA’LL….

    Hope you had time to visit Johnny Mercer’s house and gravesite

    It was featured on AOE’s “Ante Bellum” program and nothing will ever make the books “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, or To Kill A Mockingbird,”or ‘Beach Music” books come alive for you as those sites.. They givve new meaning to the phrase ‘re-living history.’

    According to Southern legend, there is something about the south and it’s humid soffacating, unbearable heat that drives people to become ‘Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof. and do curious, sometime sinister, even unbelievable things which is what Charleston & Savannah are all about. and can send chills up your spine which is maybe the whole point as folks tried to find someway to cool down.

    Are you planning to head up the I-95? If you make as far north as Richmond on the 95 and have time, take the 460 cut off (good divided highway) over to Appamatox and if you can, arrive late day close to closing time and you will be able to eperience the finals hour and minutes until the surrender was agreed and sign
    It’s another spine tingler standing inside that tiny cabin on earth where two legendary men stood and determined what the future of this counhtry would be.

    Look forward to your next update…. Sherry

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