Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Savannah Trip - Thursday

Okay, I guess I have been busy lately. To finish out our Savannah Trip in next couple of posts.
On Thursday was the first day that we went to the Historic Downtown Savannah. We drove to the visitors center and got some maps and made our way in the direction of Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for lunch, a bit of info about this place. The locals call it the Boarding House or Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, I don't know why but that is how we found out about this place. They are only opened for lunch from 11 til 2. We heard about it from the Fort McAllister park ranger. You wait outside til you can be seated and they have tables that hold 10 people and they fill them up! We had the bad luck on going on a day when they were also serving to a private tour bus group so even thought we got there around 10:40 we had over an hour wait. The kids did great given that they are kids plus I had emergency suckers on me and they both had one that kept them good for a bit. The food was fantastic! There had to have been about 27-28 different good ole' southern dishes there and it was all family style so you got as much of what ever you wanted. It was funny because all the kids ate was: chicken, rice, mac&cheese, potatoes, & bread.
After the 'I can't button my pants' lunch we drove closer to the Savannah River boardwalk area to park for our Boat Tour. After driving around for about 20 minutes and finding nothing we called the Tour company and were able to park on Hutchinson Island where the boat was. (Between GA & SC). The boat ride was great, we did see some dolphins and even got them on camera, but we weren't able to go out and around the Tybee Island area due to rough water. Both the kids enjoyed the boat ride as well.
After the boat ride we walked around the Savannah River board walk then took a ferry ride back to get the car. We drove around the squares a little and went to see what all the talk about the Mercer House was all about (now having read Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil I wish that we had gone earlier so I could have gone on the tour of the house). The Main house is the museum and the carriage house is a store that runs the tour guides as well. But hey I have a picture:).
After all that excitement we headed back to the teepee for a light dinner and the kids played on the playground till it was time for s'mores and then bed.
Here are the photos:
Madelyn outside the Boarding House waiting to get to eat....The bridge to Hutchinson Island...Brian & Madelyn on the Dolphin Magic Tour Boat...The two photos of the dolphins that I got...(you have to look really hard)Pelicans....This boat is used to remove silt on the bottom of the Savannah River so the big freighter ships can make it up and down the river.Our Tour Boat...Brendan by one of the Freighter ships....Brendan watching as the ship went by...The Mercer House...

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