Our trip, part three

After visiting the fascinating Boone Hall near Charleston, we began our trek to beautiful Savannah Georgia.  We decided to let “Maggie Magellan” take us along the “back” roads instead of down the freeway this time.  I think it’s only 120 miles or so, from Charleston to Savannah (I could be wrong, but it wasn’t all that far).  After checking in to our hotel along Bay Street, we decided to get out and explore a bit.  One of the first gorgeous areas we came across was Forsyth Park. 

The fountain at Forsyth Park, Savannah

The fountain at Forsyth Park, Savannah

The weather in Savannah was quite pleasant, not hot, not humid, but oh so nice, compared to the winter weather we had left behind.   We wandered around the fountain, enjoying the view and the warmth.  I don’t know what the population of Savannah is, but we didn’t think it seemed like a big city.  It was perfect for a stroll around some of the city’s “squares” – of which there are 21 or 22 (not sure on that). 

A typical street in Savannah. Just lovely.

A typical street in Savannah. Just lovely.

We took a trolley tour of the city, and got to see lots of great places.  Just before we left on this trip, dear hubby finished reading the true crime book entitled  “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” – set in Savannah.  Naturally, he wanted to see some of the spots that were pivotal in the book.  One was Mercer House.  Original home of the Mercer family – anyone heard of Johnny Mercer?  Well, I knew the name, but I didn’t realize all the great American “standards” he’d written.  More on that later.  Anyway, Mercer House is where the murder occurred in the aforementioned book.   Here is a picture of Mercer House.

Mercer House, Savannah

Mercer House, Savannah

After our wonderful trolley tour, we returned to the hotel, slipped into our walking shoes, and meandered down to the Six Pence Pub – the starting point for our “Creepy Pub Crawl”.  Now, two things I want to make clear.  Item Number One: We got the advice to do the “creepy pub crawl” from Tripadvisor.com.  It’s a great website if you ever want to check out hotels or attractions in a city you plan to visit.  The pub crawl received rave reviews, and so, for a bit of a hoot, we decided we’d give it a try.  I guess I had no idea that we’d be wandering most of the historic district in the dark, for three full hours!  But it was great even though my feet/legs were killing me by the end.  Item Number Two: I have never, ever been a believer in ghosts or the “paranormal”.  So we were most certainly NOT out on a ghost hunt!   OK, that said…. we DID come across some very interesting “phenomena”. 

At Colonial Cemetery

At Colonial Cemetery

Our guide told us about many “creepy” things in Savannah’s past.  As we passed Colonial Cemetery, she told us about the yellow fever epidemic in the early 1800’s and that this was where 600 unfortunate people were buried in a mass grave.  There were about 20 people on the tour, and most of us had cameras and were snapping photos.  The guide asked if any of us had captured any “orbs” in our photos.  Not having a clue what an “orb” was, I asked for a description.  She said they are small, round, usually whitish balls of ‘energy’, that can show up in photos – often associated with ghosts or spirits of the dearly departed.  Well.  To me, that is all a bunch of hooey (it’s my blog, and if I want to make up a word, I can).  Except that in some of my photos I captured orbs.  In shots taken literally seconds later, NO orbs.  In the picture above, you can clearly see at least 3 orbs.  I know.  Crazy.  But, it was fun and rather queerly fascinating!  

Kehoe House, now a 4-star Bed & Breakfast

Kehoe House, now a 4-star Bed & Breakfast

We walked on over to Kehoe House, once the home to a  family with 10 children, then a funeral home for 65 years, then purchased in the 70’s by none other than Joe Namath (the Jets quarterback).  Joe wanted to turn the house into a disco, but the fine genteel folk of Savannah said, “we want nothing of that” and Joe was outnumbered.  He sold it and now it’s a Bed and Breakfast.  But like many old Savannah mansions, it has a haunted history also.  You can read about that here.   What I know is that after a couple of photos, I did capture a small noticeable “orb” just above the handrail on right side of the steps going up.  Wierd. 

"Creepy pub crawl" guide, Rachel

"Creepy pub crawl" guide, Rachel

We were stopped in one of the “squares”, listening to another of Rachel’s stories and I snapped this picture.  I can see two orbs surrounding her.  One immediately to her left, and one above her head and to the right a bit.  Creepy.  We stopped at several pubs along the way… 17 Hundred90 House, WG’s, and we ended the night at the Moon River brewing company on Bay St, not too far from our hotel.  The Moon River pub is supposed to be very “haunted” – however no matter how many pictures I took there, no “orbs” showed up! 

The next day we decided to have lunch at The Pirate’s House, a VERY OLD place that literally did used to belong to Pirates.  I had a fantastic bowl of gumbo!  Since the Pirate’s House has such a flamboyant history, we decided to snap a few pictures inside.  I won’t post them all, but I will post two.  These two pictures were honestly taken within 5 -10 seconds of each other. 

Picture one, inside The Pirates House

Picture one, inside The Pirates House

Photo two, inside the Pirates House

Photo two, inside the Pirates House

Allrighty, enough about orbs.  I don’t know what they are.  I don’t know where they come from.  All I know is that sometimes they show up, and sometimes they don’t.  Really strange.

Our last stop for sightseeing in Savannah was the famous Bonaventure Cemetery.  This was another place that was mentioned in “the book”; and after reading about it, I thought that yes, it would be an interesting place to visit.  In the daytime.  It was.  I have never seen such life-like sculptures at a cemetery.  The live oak trees with all that Spanish moss hanging down just adds to the mysterious look of this place.  The azaleas were all in bloom, which added some nice color to the overcast day. 

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

An engraved bench near Johnny Mercer's grave

An engraved bench near Johnny Mercer's grave

On both sides of this bench are engraved the songs that Johnny Mercer – a native son of Savannah – wrote.  His most famous is probably “Moon River”. 

Another interesting grave, "Corinne Lawton"

Another interesting grave, "Corinne Lawton"

On the stone it says, “Corinne Elliot Lawton   Died January 24th 1877   Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way”.   Old cemeteries have always intrigued me. 

Leaving Bonaventure Cemetery

Leaving Bonaventure Cemetery

Well, it was a wonderful trip.  It was such fun to have the chance to once again, explore an area we’d never been to.  We really enjoyed the two southern cities we got to sort-of know.  We loved getting to spend time with our friends/neighbors in Florida.  It was great to have a real plate of fried green tomatoes one evening in Savannah!  And it was so wonderful to arrive home again, all safe and sound, with great memories, pictures, and tales to tell!

Ordinary Life

ordinary-lifeOrdinary life.  Nothing wrong with that. But also nothing too pressing in my mind that I’ve wanted to blog about lately.  Guess it’s the blah’s or the mid-winter blues, or writer’s block.  So, instead of an interesting quip or topic about today’s political atmoshpere, I’ll just update everyone on what’s new around here.    Not much.  No, really.  Let’s see….. 

  • After being layed off work for nearly three months, hubby has a job!  Actually this is wonderful!  Especially in this unsettled time!  Thank you Lord!
  • The hospital where I work has recently announced layoffs!  They say it won’t involve any nursing positions.  Keeping my fingers crossed here that they are telling the truth.  Especially since….
  • We are planning a trip to Florida!  Our “part time” neighbors live in Florida and have asked us so many times to come see them.  This year we finally said YES!  We are going towards the middle of March and will visit several other places as well.  Savannah Georgia, Hilton Head Island, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Places we’ve never been but are very excited to explore.  If anyone has been to these particular spots, why not email me or leave a comment about things that should NOT be missed… as well as great places to eat! 🙂
  • I’ve actually gone through several closets and again have a big bag of stuff ready to donate. (part of my de-cluttering plan)
  • We went out to dinner with friends on Saturday night and actually went dancing afterwards.  What a heck of a good time that was.  The food, the dancing, as well as the company!
  • Ok I’ll admit it.  I’ve been stupidly addicted to the TV of late.  I’ve been watching or recording “The Biggest Loser”; “American Idol”; “The Bachelor” (hey, it’s the guy from Seattle this time!)– and I’m looking forward to the start of both “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race”. 
  • I’ve picked out a date this month that will work well to get over the mountains and go see my Dad, brother, son, dear DIL, and the newest addition to the family – “Lucy” the baby beagle! 
  • Dear Hubby and I have had a bit of fun playing a few of the games on our Wii system!  Honestly, my arm was killing me the day after I whipped his bum at tennis!!  🙂

So, there you have it.  That’s what’s new in the ordinary life of this ordinary baby boomer gal.  You know what?  It may not be too thrilling, but I am so content.  I am so blessed.