Over the last month the weather here at the park’s been beautiful most days. Other than a cold snap a couple weeks ago and now again this weekend. It’s been warm and sunny reaching the 70s to 80s most days. Since I got here a month ago on October 12 we’ve had three rainy days, where it rained off and on most of the day. Which allowed the lake level to come up enough to have water to start to come over the spillway. When I first got here there was no water coming over the dam at all. Here’s a couple photos of what it looked like down by the mill. But with the recent rain over the last month the water started flowing over the spillway making it quite a bit more picturesque. As these photos tell the story.
But there definitely is a feel of fall in the air. Most mornings have been cool and quite often foggy before sunrise. A lot of the trees of change color and are losing their leaves making for an ever-changing scenery. As I said it was warm and sunny most of the month. And we’ve been working hard on projects keeping the campground and park in nice condition. We’ve also been working on some projects that had been put off all summer, as things get slower here at the park. We’ve cleaned up some downed trees and replaced a bunch of the metal fire rings in the campground. But there’s been plenty of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful location. Here’s a photo of one of my favorite positions. On Friday, November 10 Maxine and I took the day off and decided to take a road trip to beautiful Savannah. It had rained hard off-and-on all day Thursday, but Friday came with promise of cooler temperatures and sunny skies. So Maxine and I packed up, jumped in the car and took the 2 ½ hour ride to Savannah. The plan was to just do some sightseeing and walking around the Historical District. I had been the Savanna over 30 years ago and remembered it as being a beautiful old community, but not much more. The first stop was at the visitor center to pick up a map and get some ideas. Here’s a photo of a mural inside the visitor center. After talking to a gentleman at the visitors’ desk, he explained that the Historical District basically covers one square mile of town and is a beautiful walking tour. So we are able leave our car park for free in the visitor center parking lot and we headed out on foot for several hours enjoying the warm and sunny day, it was in the high 60s. The nice thing about this beautiful old city is there’s all kinds of village squares throughout the downtown area. These wonderful little’s spots of green, all have their own unique look. You can enjoy them just relaxing and taking in the beauty of them all. Here’s a few photos of a couple of them that we came to. We slowly made our way to the river taking in all the people, and sights and sounds of the city. Maxine also enjoyed checking out the other dogs there were out enjoying the day. When we got down to the river we got the see the Georgia Queen a large riverboat that you can go on for tours up and down the river.It was just heading out on its 1 o’clock cruise so I got a few photos of it going up the river.
There were beautiful fountains of all types around the city. Here’s a cute one down by the river. Also down on the riverfront there were some beautiful palm trees planted like these. And lots of the area had cobblestone streets which give it that “Old World” feel. After enjoying the riverfront for a while we headed to the City Market. This is a several block area with numerous restaurants and little shops. And on most weekend evenings they have live music for your entertainment. There were still quite a few flowers to enjoy like this beautiful rose tree.
And pretty white flowers on the hedges. And at this beautiful large fountain in Forsyth Park. The marigolds were still bright yellow and orange. Also we saw several wedding parties taking photos as we walked around the town. Like this beautiful bride in front of the fountain. There are over 20 of these little squares just in the historical district alone. And each one has its own unique look with different fountains and statues scattered around in them.
As you walk throughout the city there’s all kinds of beautiful old buildings. And many of them are open to the public. But I’ll have to come back another day without Maxine to enjoy some of these. After spending several hours just strolling around town. Maxine and I headed out to the Wormsloe Historical Site. This location is about 9 miles south of downtown Savannah. This is one of those old plantations that whenever you look up information on the Savanna area you’ll see photos of these beautiful old trees lining the road. Here’s a link to more information on this Historical Site. As you drive down the road you get this tunnel affect with all the trees with their vines and their Spanish moss hanging on them, “it’s truly a beautiful spot”. There were a couple other brides getting their pictures taken in this ideal location.
Just a little further away is Skidaway Island State Park. So we took a ride through the checkout the campground. It’s a good size park with several campground loops to accommodate all different size rakes. It has 87 campsites and three camper cabins, also there are three group sites available to the public. It was all full for the weekend, but I’m sure it would make a nice stopping spot during the week. If you wanted to spend a couple days exploring the area. If you plan ahead you can reserve sites throughout the season, as it’s ideally located for touring Savanna. There’s lots more stuff that I could’ve explored in the area but on this day trip I ran out of time. It was already after 5 o’clock, it would be well after dark by the time I got home. So after a glorious day enjoying historical Savanna Maxine and I made our way back home. But now when I get guess, I’ll have an idea of some of the things we will want to explore more of in Savanna. I think one of the better ways to get around the city. Is the trolley rides where you can hop on and off, and they give you a guided tour of the city. Old Town Trolley’s the same company that we used when in Boston and the DC area operates some of them here. That is it for now till next time best wishes to all, Rick