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Savannah to Chicago

sunny 28 °C

On the recommendation of the hotel manager we decided to head out to Fort Pulaski - yep, you're probably going - where the hell is that - it was the site of minor battle during the Civil War but it's more famous for its allegedly picturesque location.

So after checking out of the hotel we loaded up the car and headed due east towards Tybee Island. Around this area, you really do get why they call Savannah and Charleston the low country. It's all swamp land and tall grasses rising from a deadly flat landscape - and I mean flat - almost flatter than Holland.

And then suddenly rising from this flat landscape is this enormously fort complete with moat and battle mounds. It was just the most stunning landscaped parkland complete with compact palm trees, a view to the Atlantic Ocean and the most glorious fall day. After watching the movie about the history of the Fort - it was designed by Robert E Lee (commander of the South) and during the Civil War it was proved that these types of fortifications were no match for modern weapons. When it was a prison camp, it was also where one of the first photographs of the early iterations of baseball was taken.......

After wandering around we thought we'd better get on the road before our flight back to Chicago since we still held hopes of visiting a plantation. The highway from Savannah to Charleston is a boring highway and full of tacky fast food outlets - we had just finished lunch at one of these esteemed establishments (yes, it was McDonalds) when we spotted a police car up ahead. He seemed to have pulled over one of the cars to the side of the road. But we passed him as he walking back to the car and he gave me the most filthy look - it was like uh oh - what have I done now. Sure enough 5 minutes later there were flashing lights in the my rear view mirror and I was directed to pull over. As he strolled up to the window he started yelling at me "you saw me on the side of the road, so what's your excuse for not pulling over to the far left lane". My response was "er, well we don't do that in Australia". I think that was the last excuse he was expected so then he proceed to lecture me on the laws of South Carolina. After checking out my credentials he said He was letting me off with a warning - yay, second time I've managed to avoid a ticket.

So after all this rigmarole, we were too late for a plantation and just headed to the airport with millions of pounds of luggage. The flight was pretty uneventful and Ian and Ryan (Ana's son) met us at the airport to take us home.........................

Posted by natty176 19:00 Archived in USA

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