Enjoying the Peach State

After our short, but solemn trip to Alabama, we were looking forward to our next stop:  Atlanta.  Mostly because it would be the only baseball stadium on our whole trip where the Giants would be playing at the same time as our visit.  And the Braves stadium, the fans, and their pre-function area called The Battery Atlanta, did not disappoint.

Braves Game
Atlanta Braves Game

We arrived 2 1/2 hours early and thought we had tons of time.  We were not early.  There were people everywhere!  There  was a live band playing on an outside stage.  When they finished, the drummers and dancers took over.  There was always something happening with restaurants and bars everywhere.  It was quite a party.  And the game was even better since we won!  Super fun night.

We spent the next day investigating the downtown area and ended the day getting this beautiful sunset of the Atlanta skyline.  We found Centennial Olympic Park where the medals were awarded in the Atlanta Games,

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Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park

we toured CNN which was fun,

Inside CNN
CNN World Headquarters
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CNN World Headquarters

and we headed to the top of one of the largest skyscrapers to get an awesome view of the city.

Atlanta Downtown
Downtown Atlanta

Not a bad day.  On our last day we headed out to the Atlantic History Center to see their in-depth Civil War exhibit.  It was really well done and informative.

From Atlanta we moved on to Savannah and settled into a lovely state campground.  It is about 15 minutes from Savannah on Skidaway Island and it is beautiful here.  The campsites are HUGE and we are surrounded by every color green you can imagine.  The weather has been pretty good but today it went up to 96 and is humid.  Oh well–that lovely green vegetation has to come from somewhere.  We even have a pair of Cardinal birds who hang out with us here.

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Cardinal at our campsite

The color is so vibrant, you can’t stop watching them.

Savannah is amazing.  The majestic, old oak trees line every street with Spanish moss hanging from their branches.

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Savannah, GA
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Savannah, GA Forsyth Park

We literally spent an entire day just wandering these lovely old cobblestoned and tree lined streets.

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Houses on Jones St, Savannah, GA

They also have a riverwalk with lots of shopping and dining opportunities. It is located in and in front of the old Cotton Exchange building-so history abounds.

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Big ship on Savannah River

After a couple days in Savannah, we headed out to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first time on this trip.  We went to Tybee Island which is only about 15 miles from Savannah.  It is a quaint seaside place with a beautiful beach.

Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Beach
Tybee Island Beach and Pier

We were surprised how many people were out on the beach and swimming in the water.  Probably because it is much warmer than we are used to!!  We also made a stop at the Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah GA
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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah GA
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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA

Again, the giant trees made the perfect backdrop for the lovely statues, tombstones, and stonework.

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Bonaventure Cemetery, Gracie Watkins (1883 – 1889)

The oldest grave we found was from a man named Noble W. Jones born in 1723 and died in 1805.  He was in the Continental Congress and fought in the Revolutionary War.

Today has been quiet – here in our campsite most of the day- staying out of the sun and in the air conditioned trailer and catching up on the blog.  It’s not a bad way to beat the heat.

Blue Bird
A blue bird at our campsite

Stay tuned, next stop:  Charleston, South Carolina.

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  1. Ladonna Idell May 11, 2018 — 5:57 pm

    Hi guys, I am really enjoying your blog and I thank you for letting me ride along. I hope you don’t mind a little, possible correction. The final bird in your post is indeed a blue, black and white colored bird called a blue jay. It is an enjoyable member of the jay family. Not to be confused with a blue bird (Western, Eastern, or Mountain) which is a wonderfully beautiful songbird that often will nest in your backyard and you can watch raise 2 clutches of young a year, provided you provide it with a suitable house.
    I look forward to the next installment.

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  2. Hi Mike and Chris; Sure do enjoy following your trip and reading all about it..Thanks for sharing.

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  3. A good true road trip book is “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat Moon. He chronicles his trip in a Ford van as he travels the entire perimeter of the US.

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  4. wow mrs.imhof!!
    😀
    amazing!! i loved the beach pic!

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  5. super cool!

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