Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patty's in Savannah

Well it was almost St. Patrick's Day anyways. Rick, Murphy and I took a mini trip to Tybee Island and Savannah, GA this past weekend. I had been to Tybee before but never had gotten a chance to look around Savannah and so thought it would be a good trip to take BB (before baby).

We left Thursday afternoon and stopped in Pooler, GA (20 minutes outside of Savannah) to visit with our friends Scott and Kristy Huntley - and their son Dylan. We had some pizza with them and Dylan got some kisses from Murphy before we kept on truckin' to Tybee Island. My friend Tara's parents - Dan and Cathy - rent a house on Tybee and they were going to be gone for the weekend. They let us stay there and watch Newman, their black cocker spaniel. Murphy and Newman got along alright but Murphy is very possessive of his people. He doesn't like it when the other dog gets more attention than him.

Friday after a long walk with the dogs, we drove into Savannah and walked ALL around. It was a good 5 hours of walking stopping only for lunch really. We explored River Street and the mini squares. I learned that Savannah was the first planned city in the United States. Its founder, Oglethorpe, laid out the city in a grid with 24 squares for people to congregate. I guess 21 of them still exist today. In preparation for the St. Patrick's Day festivities, they had a "greening of the fountain" in Forsyth Park, which is the largest park in Savannah. There was quite a crowd there.

Posing on River Street

Outside the Six Pence Pub

Greening of the Fountain

I did really well walking all around...even went up and down the steep steps that take you down to River Street a couple of times. There was one meltdown around lunch time. I was just done walking and why don't we just stop and eat something! Rick was on pins and needles until we got to a restaurant. It ended up being just a panic decision - probably not the best restaurant in town but at least it was a seat and some food. One interesting thing about Savannah is that you can get a to-go cup for your beer. You can walk around with a plastic cup full of your favorite beverage. This amazed us and Rick did it as much as possible.

We had to take a picture of his to-go cup!

Saturday morning, we took another walk with the dogs and then had breakfast at the 'world famous' Breakfast Club. They catered the Kennedy wedding! It was delicious. We then took a couple of Dan and Cathy's bikes all around the island. I haven't ridden since a couple of weeks after I found out I was pregnant. I felt very safe on the beach cruiser style of bike. We rode for a few hours probably, getting on and off quite often. We went to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse (178 steps!) and visited Fort Screven. It was such a nice day.

Tybee Island Lighthouse, Rick at the top

View from the top, and me on the way down - look at that belly!
At Fort Screven/Tybee's Historical Museum

Tybee also had their own St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday afternoon. I was very impressed with how long it was. We actually got tired before the end of it and went back and hung out with the dogs for a little bit. Another dinner at the Huntleys that night and we left Sunday morning to get back to Charlotte.

With our beautiful new Tybee Island St. Patrick's Day shirts, and me with the only N/A beer on Tybee! I wanted a to-go cup too!

It was such a great weekend. It wasn't good for the cold that I was brewing but I am thinking it was totally worth it.

Off to Fort Myers next weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you guys had fun! Mmmm, the famous Breakfast Club sounds good! We'll have to have some green beer next year!! Ha!