Saturday, September 25, 2010

Accidental Vacation Day 13

We made it down to Orlando to meet up with Jon and (very pregnant) Erica. Jon being the freelance photo journalist and all made this video of our canoe trip.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening hanging out with Jon and Erica and then they took us to the airport bight and early Sunday morning for our flight back to CA and our vacation was over.

It wasn't the trip we originally planned, but it was a lot of fun none the less and we're thankful we had the opportunity to relax and wander the country together.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Accidental Vacation Day 12

We left Savannah and headed down to Florida today.  There were no roads along the water so it was kind of a boring drive.


Our hotel was 50 yards from the beach so we went down for a swim after arriving in the afternoon.  That’s Val in the background behind my left ear enjoying the beach (before the bugs started biting her).  Florida has lots of nasty bugs turns out.


Turns out it’s really difficult to take a self portrait while body surfing.  This is the best shot I got.


Neat beemer with sidecar in St. Augustine.


St Augustine has a fort that is apparently the 1st or the oldest or something like that.  Pretty cool either way.  We got there in the evening after it had closed so unfortunately we couldn’t get in.


The walls of the fort were made of shells and sand.  I’m kind of surprised it’s held up so well for so long.




We think this wall was used for firing squads.


They had a furnace that was used to heat up the cannon balls before they were shot at wooden ships.  I guess if you can’t sink them, you may as well burn them.  Or the burning aided in the sinking…



Fishing boat.


Draw bridge.  :)


What kind of crab hangs out under the sidewalk a few hundred yards from the beach?  This one I guess.



Water wheels look fun at night.


St. Augustine was pretty touristy, but as we walked around and got off the main roads it was more quaint and fun.  It would have been nice to spend some more time there.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Accidental Vacation Day 11

We got kind of a late start today and grabbed Chick-Fil-A for lunch on the way out of Charleston since our friend Stumbo said we had to try it.  As advertized, it was pretty good and the people were super nice.



El Cheapo gas.  They kick high prices!


Sonny Perdue welcomes us to Georgia.


They have police crossing guards in Georgia.  I guess there’s not much crime.


We had some good southern BBQ for dinner and I tried an Orange Blossom Pilsner mostly for the novelty of a light beer that was 11% ABV.  It was pretty good though.


After dinner we walked over to the Savannah Jazz Festival which is in it’s 29 year.  That was really fun.  The music was great and it was a perfect temperature outside.  We only watched 2 of the 3 bands but would have stayed for the last one if we had chairs.  Sitting on the grass get tiring.  It seemed more like rock/bluegrass than jazz, but it was good either way.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Accidental Vacation Day 10

We left Myrtle Beach this morning and headed down to the Charleston area.  We’ve seen these evacuation route signs everywhere but don’t really know what they’re for; hurricanes or something I guess.


Pretty close to our hotel, we crossed a street that was Hungry Neck Blvd on one side and Sweetgrass Basket Pkwy on the other.  Who comes up with street names around here?


We went over to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens which has been around for 300 years or something and is still owned by the original family.  It’s been occupied by both British and Rebel forces and was apparently a staging ground for attacks on Charleston.  The gardens are the main attraction now and they were really beautiful.





This bench was pretty neat because the trees have grown over and around the wooden bench part.


We also saw this giant spider/web.  The spider was about 4 inches across, leg to leg.  Kind of creepy.


They had a petting zoo too.  The deer really liked us.


And one tried to nibble on Val’s dress.




On the way back to the hotel, we went over the Charleston bridge again which we both liked a lot.



They don’t seem to be the best at classifying vehicles in South Carolina.  The license plate on this Mercedes says it’s a truck.


Tomorrow we’re off to Savannah Georgia.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Accidental Vacation Day 9

We left Morehead NC this morning and headed south to Myrtle Beach SC. On the way out of town we saw an add for the mullet festival. Based on the conversation we overheard at dinner last night, we think it’s some sort of fish or food, but we’re not sure what. Does anybody know?


We also saw a number of Wrong Way signs on the freeway. The intention seems to be don’t drive that direction on the other side of the freeway, but you’d think they’d be angled or something so it’d be a little clearer.


So Val has really wanted Coke lately, but we didn’t want to spend $2 on it every day so we bought a 6 pack and she’s been reusing her cup. Unfortunately those cups don’t last forever, but she’s a thinker. :)


Entering South Carolina….


We checked into our hotel in Myrtle Beach and then headed down to the beach for a little body surfing. The water was great. Just a bit cold when you first get in, but then it was perfect.

Side note, we passed 6 mini golf places on the 2 mile drive. That’s just ridiculous. They’re really into mini golf over on the east coast it seems. They’re all way more elaborate than the places back home too.



Val doesn’t want to be a brussel sprout.


More animals to ride.


Dinner at Margaritaville was pretty good. As were the margaritas.


They also played the margaritaville song every 45 minutes or so and had a big elaborate hurricane that had a bottle that came out of it to pour into a glass and everything.