It has been yet another month of km’s, reunions and amazing places. We have been following the Atlantic Coast and a chain of stunning jewels – Barrier Island after island. Most of our month has been laid back beach towns with Charleston and Savannah as our only big city adventures.
OBX (the Outer Banks, North Carolina) and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, provided images reminiscent of our Caribbean adventures with endless white sand beaches and seashore. We wandered the fitting and grandiose monument at Kitty Hawk, the birth place of aviation, where the Wright Brothers ended the impossible; toured yet more lighthouses and lifesaving stations; and enjoyed beach combing at low tides. Pea Island, Ocracoke, the Crystal Coast including Carolina and Kure beaches and Cape Fear continued our love affair with the sea.
missed these pelicans
a ferry from Ocracoke
AIA only recently re-opened all the way south – still lots of clean up to do
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – 1870
Bodie Island Lighthouse – 1872
sunrise over the seashore on Ocracoke Island
how can you not love those colors – Cape Hatteras National Seashore
dunes, and more dunes
at Kitty Hawk
replica of the Wright brothers groundbreaking plane
From the peace and quiet to the chaos and development at Myrtle Beach – wow – it was a little overwhelming. And then, in Charleston we had a fantastic visit with David and Libby. Love the sounds, smells and tastes of the south. We did some great adventuring and sampling of southern hospitality….loving those rich and delicious tasty treats – “she crab soup, po’boys, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes Benne wafers and even a cheesy southern take on mac ‘n cheese! YUM!
a great time catching up on land with cruising friends from Peregrine!
Circular Church – 1681
David (and Brody) provides a great walking tour of downtown Charleston
historic homes abound
fell in love with those “live oaks” and spanish moss
it ain’t easy be green
finding our way around Charles Town Landing with David and Libby
all in a row
Brody claims his innocence… “I didn’t eat the pound of bacon!”
Fort Moultrie – a series of 4 forts built on this location beginning ni 1776 to defend Charleston
sunrise at the City Marina
a pineapple fountain
Another beach break as we explore the Beaufort, Port Royal and Hilton Head areas. Evidence of Hurricane Matthew’s damage is everywhere as folks clean up, more trees come down and parks make repairs to facilities.
unknown graves from the Civil war at the National Cemetery in Beaufort
Hunting Isle – more hurricane damage
boats out of their element – evidence of Matthew’s fury
Historic Savannah on the waterfront is another southern gem that gets a two thumbs up. We then decide on an inland stop to do some chilling and planning. Perhaps there isn’t much sympathy out there but it does become a little exhausting with the day to day planning – picking routes, destinations, tour highlights, finding reasonable campgrounds etc etc. And so with a great State Park not far away we head to Altamaha State Park for four days where we plan, sort, clean and take part in a Park Clean Up day too.
historic train station now an impressive Visitor Centre, Museum and RV Parking!!
how’s that for a City Hall?
gorgeous historic buildings
a planned city – historic downtown is only 1 mile by 1 mile with 22 surviving squares (green spaces with monuments) and a park
The Waving Girl- early 20th Century – city light tender’s sister waved at every ship entering
“Rainbow Row” – reminds us of Jellybean Row in St John’s, Nfld
boat tour anyone?
“A World Apart” – WWI memorial on the waterfront
Altamaha State Park
After a brief recharge we head back to coastal area of Brunswick and the islands…. St Simon`s, where Roo stumbles into a PGA event as we try and find the Àvenue of 190 year oaks` we are gently guided back out of the area! Jekyll Island, a previously privately owned island developed as an exclusive `hunting club`by the likes of the Goodyear, JP Morgan, Pulitzer and Rockefeller. The island was sold in 1947 to the state of Georgia for use as a state park. While wandering and chatting with locals` they insist that `Driftwood Beach` on the northern tip of the island is a `must see.. and wow, was it! Cumberland Island National Seashore, our next stop proves to be equally stunning with wild horses, old ruins and endless beach. The coastal perimeter of Georgia is short (perhaps little over 120 miles) so onto….
Glen becomes an Amazing Race contestant on Driftwood Beach
The Jekyll Island Club
Fort Frederica – really a fortress – as in encompassed a British military town from 1736-1942
Wow, windward on Cumberland Island
1884 Dungeness ruins
these little guys scurrying about scared me several times as I envisioned perhaps an alligator in the bush
Cumberland Island from the ferry
St Mary’s – ferry boarding for Cumberland Island National Seashore
wild horses amongst the tumbling ruins
and hanging out on the beaches too
We make a brief stop in Jacksonville in order to hook up with Dave and Alex. We spend a great afternoon and evening of fun as they celebrate being back on the water again. With Thanksgiving coming up it becomes challenging to find a campground so we once more head inland to Osceola National Forest where we find a hidden gem with a lake, great trails and a beautiful park. I find some great trail runs but feel a little leary what with hunting season, alligators and snakes… don`t think my bear spray works for any of those.
more of the Civil War history near Osceola National Forest – would love to see the reenactment in February
St. Augustine, the oldest city in Florida has amazing history, charm and incredible Christmas spirit. We are also lucky enough to make yet more cruiser reunions with Paula & Scott and Kathy!! What fun!
St Augustine, America’s First Colony – established 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles
Castillo de San Marcos – built 1672-1695
structure is very similar in layout to the Citadel in Halifax
Bridge of Lions
Florida’s oldest documented dwelling – early 1700’s – but not the guy in front
another National Cemetery – always a stop for pause and reflection
with Paula & Scott and Kathy – such fun
the one time Hotel Alcazar
Cathedral Basilica St Augustine
St Photios Greek Shrine-a memorial to the first Greek settlers in America
only 219 steps to the view
the light house
St Augustine Beach
now those are some serious Christmas lights
Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach provide more days of fun in the sun. The weather is remarkably hot and sunny – just as we are hearing tales of cold spells and snow back in Canada….ahhhhh. And the beauty of social media, we find out another great friend, Ann is in the area so we are able to spend an afternoon catching up with her and Roxy (missing Darrell though).
with Ann and Roxy!!
And currently we are at Titusville , a mere 8 km from the Kennedy Space Centre where we anxiously await the evening launch. Apparently we can take our chairs to the pier at the campground and will have a great show from there. Tomorrow we will actually tour the Centre. We have heard it is an amazing facility with days worth of adventuring possible. But we will try and sneak it into one.
From here we are heading over to the gulf coast and hope to see PEI friends Willie and Bev before heading to Atlanta for Christmas and Reid & Kath`s arrival! Woo hoo!