Day 11: A perfect beach and Savannah

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Trip End Jul 13, 2013


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Before I get to today's adventures, I have to tell you about our ghostly experience in room 3-2 at the 1837 Bed & Breakfast. The first night we checked in we discovered a dime under the covers when we turned down the bed. We laughed about it, and Danny put the dime on the nightstand. When we awoke the next morning, the dime was back in the bed. Same thing happened the next two nights. When we went down for breakfast this morning, we talked to the owner and asked him if there were ever any ghost stories about our room. (We didn't tell him about the dime). He told us that several guests on the third floor have reported seeing the ghost of a young black slave boy who Iikes to play practical jokes on the guests. When we told him about the dime, he didn't act too surprised and said it sounded like what other guests have told him. Ghost???

After checking out, we headed south out of Charleston on Hwy 17, no interstate for us today. At the innkeeper's advice we stopped in Beaufort, SC. It's another old town with a lot of character and history. From there we decided we might as well drive to the coast and check out Hunting Island State Park.

This side trip may be one of the highlights of our trip. We discovered a beach that comes pretty close to perfect. The park is a dense tropical forest that runs right up to the ocean. There is a lighthouse, a campground, trails, and completely natural, undeveloped beach.  The Vietnam battle scenes in Forrest Gump were filmed at this location.  We even saw a momma alligator and her baby. I can't wait to return and camp on the beach!

We arrived in Savannah about 2:30 and checked into our gorgeous room.  The Marshall House is an old historic hotel on Broughton Street.  The architecture is similar to something you would see in New Orleans.  It's the prettiest place we've stayed so far!

After an afternoon nap, we headed out to walk Broughton Street  We ate at a burger place just up the street. I had a truly southern hamburger with a fried green tomato and pimento cheese. Yum!  We did a little window shopping, had ice cream at Leopold's and then headed back to the hotel to beat a storm that was rolling in. As we approached the hotel entrance we saw a familiar couple, Pam and Tim Bond from Brown County are staying here as well. Small world! 

On the agenda tomorrow: Some shopping, lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House and a trip to Augusta to see our soldier! 
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