Fun Filled Visit With Sister Bonnie

My younger sister Bonnie came down to Georgia for a weeklong visit. As many of you know that have followed my blog, my sister Bonnie and I have done several trips together over the years. Most recent when she came out last spring in visited me in the San Francisco area. I put out several posts during her visit and you can find some of them starting here on my blog. And also you may have read about our travels to Great Britain back in September 2016, read all about it starting here. We share many things in common and enjoy traveling together, it’s always more fun to share the good times with friends and family. After picking her up at Atlanta airport we made a quick stop at A. H. Stevens so I could show her around the park. I have been here several times before but it was fun to show her some of the highlights and she got the see parts of Crawfordville I wrote about these before in this post. The next couple days we headed to what’s turning out to be my favorite city in Georgia “Savanna”. We went on the old-time trolley tour just like me and Crystal had done when she was down the visit. And saw many of the same places and a few new ones. As I stated in my post about Savanna before you could spend weeks here and not see it all. Check out some of these posts for more information on things to do in Savanna area. Enjoy these photos of some of the spring flowers in bloom all around the city.

Here at the famous fountain in Forsyth Park, the water was dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day celebration. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd all the different squares around the city. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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That evening we took in a ghost walking tour and had a wonderful guide and a great storyteller, show us around sharing ghostly stories with us. Here’s some photos of the famous Colonial Park Cemetery established around 1750 and closed to future burials in 1853. There were thousands of people buried here in a little over 100 years!

Savanna is considered one of the most haunted cities in the country. As I was taking some photos in one of the squares I got some beautiful images of the nighttime setting. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd I even caught this ghostly image in one of the shots. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day we took a trip to the Wormsloe Historical Site to check out the road lined with these beautiful Live Oak trees. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wrote more about this when I visited it with Crystal back in December, check out this post. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was off to Tybee Island to check out the Lighthouse Station. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And spend some time on the beach. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA20180316_110658OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a very interesting painting in one of the shops that I got a kick out of. If anyone has had, (as most of us have had trouble with mice in our rigs) you’ll understand the humor of this painting. It seems as though the little critters are quite ingenious. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn another day we went to the historical town of Milledgeville to check out a few spots. As I wrote in this previous post Milledgeville was the fourth capital city of Georgia, from 1804 to 1868. We visited the historical governor’s mansion that was built in 1839 and was occupied by governors until the capital moved to Atlanta in 1868.

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This beautiful home survived all these years because it was part of the College of Georgia for many years and use for many purposes even a dormitory for a while. It has been beautifully restored to the way it looked in the 1800s.

Many of the furnishings in side are original to the mansion from over the years.

There’s a beautiful dome area in the center, which you cannot even see from the outside of the building. It was purposely designed that way to make a grand statement for people visiting the mansion.

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The next stop was Rose Hill mansion and Lockerly Arboretum.

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There wasn’t a whole lot of things in bloom but it’s a great place to visit with beautifully landscaped gardens. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe did find a few things starting to blossom throughout the park.

And then we went on a self-guided tour of the beautifully restored Rose Hill House.

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It’s furnished beautifully with 1800s furnishings.

On our way home we stopped at Heavy’s Barbecue so that Bonnie could sample some delicious southern barbecue. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I wrote about in this previous post, Heavy’s was used in the filming of “Sweet Home Alabama” as Stella’s Roadhouse.

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We took one day of her visit to just hung around the park, and went for a long ride in one of the boats around the lake. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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As you can tell from these photos it was a beautiful day to be on the water. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We didn’t see any alligators but we saw lots of different turtles and got this shot of one sunning itself. We had a great time together as always and I got the show are many interesting things in the area. Since she left I’ve been spending time finishing up projects here at the park. There are many things I’m trying to get done before I leave here on April 9 and started heading west. This is been a great place to spend the winter months, but I’m looking forward to doing some traveling again and exploring other parts of the South. Stay tuned I will have more post as I start my move west and northward. The plan is to be back in Wisconsin the first part of May. Thanks for following along take care till next time, Rick

6 comments

  1. Don’t know how I missed this post! In all the times Bill and I have traveled up and down the east coast – we’ve never stopped in these areas! We NEED to fix that! Love all the flower pics! Sounds like a great time with your sister!

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