I really liked Savannah, the streets were clean and the people were very friendly. We spent one morning/afternoon in Savannah and here are some pictures from our time there:
I was really excited to see this Cathedral in person, before this past weekend I had only seen it in magazines. So when we arrived in Savannah and the outside was covered with scaffolding for renovations, I was pretty bummed. Despite the outside being pretty well covered up, we ventured inside and were able to see the beautiful stained glass windows. We gave a small donation, picked up a postcard and started snapping pictures left and right.
If you have a chance to ever visit this cathedral I highly recommend it. There are certain hours where you can visit in between the services, it is free (donations accepted) and there was a guided tour taking place while we were there but it did not hinder us from exploring in any way. I can’t capture the light streaming through the stained glass windows accurately , you have to see that in person.
Ben’s favorite time during vacation was our nightly walks on Tybee beach. The beach was usually empty and after a late dinner we grabbed bags for shell collecting and our small flashlight. In between scanning the sand for treasure,s we dodged crabs running sideways across the beach and Blackburn pointed out every hole in the sand so we could look in and catch one by surprise. The girls wrote messages and drew pictures in the sand. Here are some moments from our walks:
One of the places we visited on vacation was the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia. Originally built as a retirement home for the Brotherhood of Railroad conductors, it later became a hospital during World War II and then was occupied as a laboratory for the Center for Disease Control until 1973. Today it houses environmental classrooms, event rooms, and serves as the information center for the Wildlife Center. It is rumored to be haunted (we spoke to one of the groundskeepers) and with such a diverse history it could very well be.
While we were here we also saw Bison, deer, barnyard animals, visited the greenhouse and the butterfly garden. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and was less than $20.00 for 2 adults and 3 kids. If you visit with kids I would recommend telling them that seeing all the animals is not a guarantee. The kids were a little bummed they didn’t see the cougar or the fox, but we explained to them that this is a natural habitat and in order for it to feel more like their homes the animals needed to be able to hide and seek from us. They were more than satisfied at the end of the trail and enjoyed touring the gift shop before heading back to Tybee Island.
We just returned from Tybee Island, GA and I have a ton of photos to share. First, I will start with the lodging. We rented a great cottage on the North end of Tybee within walking distance to the beach. It was exactly what we wanted. The location was perfect, quiet at night, yet close to the beach. I really did not want to be in a party area, living in a college town makes me crave calm and this place was perfect. Having a kitchen allowed us to cook gluten-free meals without having to scramble at restaurants or only have prepackaged snacks for the girls. Here are some pictures of the cottage…
Over the next couple days, I will share pictures from our trip. We went to the beach several times a day, visited some cemeteries with amazing headstones, toured an animal preserve, strolled Savannah streets and parks, did a dolphin tour in the Atlantic Ocean and visited a plantation.
We are off to spend a week in Tybee Island, GA. Be back soon!
On Saturday Vita celebrated her seventh birthday. The pool party we had planned was canceled because of weather so everyone just came to our house for a small get together. There was cake, wii, games and presents for the birthday girl. Despite the change in plans, I think everyone still had a good time. Instead of Vita wearing her bathing suit, she picked her new My Little Pony shirt from Courtney.