Planes, Trains, and......beaches???????

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I've seen lots of planes on this Journey. Old ones, new ones, small ones, big ones, fast ones, slow ones, with engines and gliders. It was time for a change. I could have visited another Air Museum but today I decided to check out some trains.

The Roundhouse Railroad Museum. The oldest and most complete railroad repair shop in the U.S. The site the repair shop is situated on started its recorded history during the Revolutionary War as a bloody battlefield and continued with over 100 years of the Central of Georgia Railway's operations. I visited the massive roundhouse with operating turntable, saw the 125 foot industrial smokestack, examined the collection of rolling stock and viewed the HO scale model of Savannah. They are in the process of restoring all the buildings and equipment to showcase the past. These things take time and the restorations are planned on a 5 to 10 year timeline. For you movie trivia buffs this site was used in the filming of the motion picture "Glory" in 1988.
 
From there I took a long drive to the Coast on Tybee Island where the lighthouse is situated. The Tybee Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia. The bottom 60 feet date back to 1773. The upper 94 feet were built in 1867. At the top of the tower is the original Fresnel lens. This lens, nearly 8 feet tall, magnifies 30,000 candle power of light so that it can be seen 18 miles out to sea. Unfortunately the lighthouse is closed on Tuesday and so I was not able to climb its 187 steps to the observation deck located 154 feet above the ground.
 
From there I took a walk along the beach and then sat down for a drink at the seaside restaurant and bar to wait for the sunset. I was entertained by the birds stealing food from the other patrons. After a few dozen more pictures of the lighthouse in different lighting conditions and angles I headed back towards Savannah. Driving along the coastal highway the sun was about to set and so I stopped to take more pictures of the sun setting through the marshes.
 
Back in Historic Savannah I parked the truck along the main street and walked along the riverfront looking for a place to have supper. I came upon a building that had caught my attention numerous times during my walks yesterday. The Chart House Restaurant was located on 3 floors of this building. There I met Wendy the bartender. A lovely local who served my drinks and made sure I received my awesome Bass supper. I don't think I have ever had fish that tasted as good as this. This dish is the local chef's creation and is not served in the other Chart House Restaurants.
 
I am back on the road tomorrow morning, bright and early for the long (by the standards of late) drive towards Cape Canaveral Florida.
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