Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Up the Coast - Vacation pics

Two big arse road trips in 7 months, watch out asphalt!

It turns out pretty much anywhere we would've chosen to go except our normal Hawaii trip would've been a weather cluster you-know-what.  The Yellowstone trip we cancelled when I saw there was a "possibility" of snow that time of year turned into Snow Storm Venus that dumped two feet of snow on the areas we would've been traversing and believe me when I tell you, my lil car wouldn't have made it.  

So when Tropical Storm Ana decided to start swirling off the coast by us 6 days into our trip, we considered ourselves lucky as the trip unfolded.  It was looking bad for Charleston but it ended up being scattered rain and didn't ruin anything.  Well, it did make landfall when we were in the Outer Banks.  She was basically stalking us up the coast.  Wench.

We started our adventure in Savannah, Georgia enjoying such wonders as Forsyth Park



...the beautiful squares...



...and the haunting, historic cemeteries like Bonaventure featured in the movie Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil



We sampled quite a bit of Southern food...


Oddly, it turns out I feel about Southern food what I feel about Amish food...way too bland.  Unfortunately I kept giving so many places a chance that I probably packed on 10 lbs of lard before coming to this conclusion.  Do you know how long I've been waiting to try a real praline?  I sampled them in two places and thought they were gross.  Wah wahhh.

We spent our anniversary watching the sun rise on Tybee Island.



We also got to watch them film a new movie with Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro there.

Then it was time to drive up to Charleston, South Carolina.  Because the weather was unpredictable hour to hour, we moved Magnolia Plantation to the top of the list and drove straight there since we knew we'd have sunny weather that day.  It was quite beautiful.


We stayed not far from here in downtown Charleston.


I loved seeing side street gardens and gates.


I fell in love with the architecture.


Seriously, Charleston kind of beats Savannah hands down for us.  All the people in Savannah said people in Charleston were jerks and snooty and it turns out, just as we suspected, it was the other way around.  I would definitely go back to Charleston.

Then it was time to go to the Outer Banks.  Since we watched Nights in Rodanthe in Charleston and I had bagel eyes from ugly crying at it, it was mandatory we stop by the house from the movie.


Then on to Cape Hatteras where we climbed to the top of the lighthouse.


We also went down Rodanthe Pier...during Tropical Storm Ana...when the pier has a history of plunging into the ocean during storms.  We're daredevils, I tell you!


Time to head to Rehoboth Beach.  Our first day was spent in Ocean City, Maryland enjoying the boardwalk.


Then the boardwalk at Rehoboth.


The Mr was quite excited to climb the gun turrets at Cape Henlopen park.


It was a looooong drive home but we made it with the help of audio books and a good playlist.

I don't think I'm much of an east coast beach town person.  Charleston and Savannah, were very nice and Charleston is a place I can see myself going back to for sure.  We had a great time and now it's time to get back into the swing of things.  I hope I remember how to cook!

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6 comments:

  1. It was a great trip. I found out that there is a limit to the amount of fried chicken a man can take. But I also learned that when faced with a tropical storm we handled it well and made the most of what was really just one big rainy day. I am so glad to have you as my travel buddy!

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    1. LOL...you found that out pretty early but luckily The Olde Pink House came through with the best fried chicken in the south. I will try my best to replicate it for you! I'm glad to have you as my travel buddy too!

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I sounds like this year's trip was pretty great.

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  3. Loved the pics. I live vicariously through your wonderful vacations. Thanks!!

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  4. Great pictures! It's like I was there with you. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Looks like such a fun trip with beautiful locations to visit! I'm not a beach anything kind of person, but the actual towns I'd love to visit. People tend to be either a lake person or a beach person; I'm a lake person (probably because of the lack of people! LOLOLOL)

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