Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving & Travels

Southern icon - a Spanish Moss draped tree

Last week we traveled across the continent and spent Thanksgiving week with my husband's family in Georgia and South Carolina. I hadn't been back there for nearly 7 years and it was a wonderful trip. We landed in Atlanta on Monday evening and promptly found a Chick-fil-A for dinner. After spending a relaxing day at my in-laws house on Tuesday - ate breakfast at Waffle House, baked pies, saw the new James Bond movie!, played with the cat - we headed out for Wade's aunt & uncle's lovely little condo on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Wednesday. We ate outstanding seafood and hushpuppies at a little local seafood shack for dinner and then afterward walked on the beach late at night.

Wade's sister flying a flamingo kite

Beach at Hilton Head Island - beautiful

Thanksgiving itself brought more relatives, great food, more walks on the beach, more food, kite flying on the beach, and more food. It was a great day with lots of love and laughter. And food.

Historic River Street in Savannah, Georgia

My husband Wade & I on the stoop of our old apartment in downtown Savannah

Friday we spent a lazy morning (pie for breakfast - can't beat that!) then headed back toward Atlanta. On the way we stopped in Savannah and wandered around for a few hours with Wade's little sisters, checking out our old haunts from when I was in school there at Savannah College of Art & Design. I really got choked up when we got to our old apartment (see picture above). It felt like it was still home, 7 years later. I miss that place. It's kinda strange, because I was so ready to leave when we left, and I really don't want to move back, but it still tugged hard on the heartstrings. I think a large part of that is due to the fact that we didn't have a car there for the first couple of years, and therefore walked everywhere (which you can do quite easily). We really got to know the city well in a way that you just can't really know a place when you're driving through it.
Johnson Square, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah itself is still a beautiful old city, with lots of beautiful old homes and churches and buildings, and the historic downtown has really revitalized. When we lived there it was still fighting to get out of the ghetto it had nearly become, and now it's bustling and there are lots of new businesses. There's even a large new addition to the Telfair museum. If we'd had time, I would have loved to check it out.

We then drove up to Macon to stay the night, then headed up to the airport and flew home on Saturday. It felt good to be back.

And today - Snow!
Me in the snow. Back in the Pacific Northwest!


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Well LOL ... that sounds like an amazingly wonderful trip! Made me feel quite envious......

... and hungry!!!

Thanks for posting all about it ... and the photos too.