Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content- Philippians 4:11

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sojourn to Savannah ~ September 2015 ~ Day 5

First stop on the last day before home was Laurel Grove Cemetery.  This is where Juliette's family, along with the Low family is buried.  The cemetery was very old, full of trees covered in Spanish Moss and gorgeous!  These photos do not do it justice!!




After the stop at the cemetery, we headed to Tybee Island and the Tybee Lighthouse!  This is one of the items on my bucket list.  Climb to the top of a lighthouse.  I knew it was going to be rough on me, so I was cautious about what all I did yesterday, and sadly, I missed out on a bit- including being able to walk down the pier and to the ocean - I just knew I couldn't do it.


Here goes nothing!


Made it to the top!


 The light from the outside.


Selfie at the top! You can see how red and winded I look!

Atlantic Ocean from the top!


This was taken from the bottom - can't see me, but I was up there!!

We had lunch at North Beach Bar and Grill - split a HUGE burger with Carol! After lunch, a few went down to the beach and out to the ocean.  Carol took tons of photos for me and she got me some sand! 

Tybee Marine Science Center is a small aquarium that is there on the beach.  They do have some programming for scouts, but even if you don't do that, it was a cheap, fun, quick stop - with some super cute animals!  One of the ladies let us sneak in the back and see the babies!!

Most of the group walked down the pier.  I thought about trying to go with them, but they disappeared before I had checked out and I wasn't going to try and catch them.

Once we were done in Tybee, it was time to hit the road to Atlanta.  In Atlanta - SURPRISE- Skyview Atlanta!!!  It was late, dark and the streets were a little scary in Atlanta - but the Ferris Wheel was AWESOME!!  







 It was really late when we got done here, and we were still about an hour from the hotel.  Time to get to bed - tomorrow is straight driving!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sojourn to Savannah ~ September 2015 ~ Day 4

Saturday was a jam-packed day!  Started off at the Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low.  There was a little bit of discussion about bringing the girls to Savannah and what to do with them when you are here.

We took a tour of the birthplace. They have recently made some changes and have taken down all of the ropes.  There is nothing roped off now, so you can go in the rooms and actually see things up close.  The tour guide said most of the items in the house are original to the house.  They are trying to make it a authentic as possible.  Tons of neat antiques!!

Our next adventure for the day was a Riverboat Tour.  We took Pedicabs to the river walk to catch the boat.  It was pretty warm out - and the breeze from the pedicabs was nicer than a walk!



Our Riverboat cruise was on the Savannah River Queen.  It was an ok ride. Went up the Savannah River about 15 minutes, then back down it about 30, then returned to the dock.  It was warm, so I stayed in the air conditioned area for most of it!




After we got off the boat, one of the Trolley tour companies picked us up and we got a quick tour of the city from the trolley.  This was a neat little tour, and our guide was funny and full of knowledge!

Back at the Birthplace, we participated in a pinning ceremony. We held a Scouts Own and all received a pin that is a Daisy that says Birthplace.




Dinner was at the Pirate House. One of Savannah's oldest buildings- supposedly haunted!  We had an awesome waitstaff and the food was not only huge portion - but very yummy!! 

 




Several of the ladies went to the Variety Show after we ate - I was tired and knew I had a long day tomorrow - so I opted to head back to the hotel!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sojourn to Savannah ~ September 2015 ~ Day 3

Started off this morning by searching for a cache by hotel - we found it in a tree! Aly climbed in the tree to get it and Carol was so excited about her first cache find, she walked right into one of the low branches and bumped her head!

Historic Savannah Museum and the Train Depot was the first stop of the day. Very neat little museum, in the old train depot, that shared the history of the town of Savannah.  Very interesting little town!  Lots of history there!  

The Andrew Low House was next.  Andrew Low was Juliette Gordon Low's husband.  The house they lived in -her for only a short while- is one of the historic houses that is a popular tour place. It was funny to hear the different tour guides from the different places (the Low House, First Headquarters, Gordon House and the trolley) they all had just a slightly different version that the one we had just heard. 

First headquarters - where we found another cache! The Low House and the Headquarters were backed up to each other - not connected- but shared a back garden wall.  






We headed down to the RiverWalk for lunch and some shopping!  Very pretty down there. We had lunch at a place called Wet Willie's - which was a daiquiri bar - sadly, most all the places to eat in Savannah - especially along the RiverWalk - were all bars. We did a little walking along the RiverWalk - but I didn't go far from the elevator back up to the street level!  

Dinner was at The Melting Pot. I didn't think I would be very impressed with it - I was wrong!  It was so yummy & filling & fun!!



  
  

We had a Ghost Walk planned for after dinner, but it went long and we ended up missing the ghost walk.  We did head down to one of the squares and hung out down there listening to the music for a while! The atmosphere down at the square was neat.



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sojourn to Savannah ~ September 2015 ~ Day 2

Started off this morning searching for a geocache that was close to the hotel.  Was a fairly easy find, so we were on the road rather quickly, headed to MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA.




The MLK Site was pretty neat.  We spent more time there than I thought we would!  It covered several city blocks and included a museum, the house he was born in, the church he co-pastored at, the Eternal Flame, his and Mrs. Kings final resting spot, along with many other neat historic items.


Lunch was Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta.  There was a geocache close - or so we thought!  It was actually underground on the metro - so we weren't able to find it!

Atlanta traffic was horrible! And it wasn't really even late when we left - so, we weren't caught in the middle of any rush hour type traffic!  

As we arrived in Savannah we thought we were in for a storm- we didn't really hit any rain, but we were blessed with seeing this awesome rainbow - arched perfectly over the expressway right into Savannah! 



Upon arrival in Savannah, we went straight to our dinner reservations!!  Paula Dean's Lady and Sons!  We had the buffet and it was so good!!  Yummy bread - loaded with butter, of course- fried chicken, garlic taters, gooey butter cake!!  We were all stuffed when we left there!!  While it was good, and I'm glad I was able to go - it was pricey and I don't know if my girls will want to spend that kind of money for a meal.



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sojourn to Savannah ~ September 2015 ~ Day 1

Meeting at the Girl Scout office this morning to load up and start heading towards Savannah, GA! This weekend is their Sojourn weekend that is offered twice a year at the Birthplace. Best I can understand, it is set up for leaders to come and learn how to bring their troop to Savannah. The Girl Scouts Diamonds Council set up a trip for the adults and since my troop is wanting to come to Savannah in a couple years - here we are!



Leaving out, our first stop was lunch in Memphis at Gus' Fried Chicken. There's one in Little Rock, but I've never eaten there. It was ok - but it's spicy!! Glad I tried it, but I won't be rushing out to have it again! 


Back on the road after lunch, we made it to Tupelo, MS at Elvis Presley Birthplace. First thing there - find the geocache!  There were actually two within the area and out group found both Elvis Presley Birthplace and Memphis Blues Trail. We spent about an hour at the Birthplace. I'm not a huge Elvis fanatic, and I have been before, but it was a good stopping point to get out and stretch. 


We had a couple more stretch/gas/potty breaks, but the final stop for the evening was Birmingham, AL. Dinner was at Ruby Tuesday - we have one of those in Little Rock as well, but I hadn't eaten there. Food was yummy! 

Long day of being in the car, everyone was tired and we crashed fairly early.