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Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure

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I’ll admit it. I was already partial to Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure, out on Tybee Island, because I like anything featuring my own name. Mike & Ike’s? Delicious. Michael Jackson? The greatest ever. Mike the Headless Chicken? Best headless chicken ever. Mikes rule, and so it was no surprise to discover that Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure was totally awesome.

Savannah Dolphin

During our hour-long journey into the ocean, we saw probably over a hundred dolphins. Fine, they might have been the same dolphins over and over again, but we had well over a hundred “sightings.” Jumping dolphins, playful dolphins, sassy dolphins. One dolphin swam right alongside our boat, and I swear he was looking at me, so I named him “Mike”. He was my favorite.

Our guide was great, too. The whole time, she was sharing fun facts while continuing to direct our attention toward the dolphins. “Did you know that (3 o’clock!) while dolphins sleep, they keep one side of their brain (Jumper, 11 o’clock!) active at a time?” I don’t know how she spotted them so quickly, but her eyes were always well ahead of mine.

This tour is a great deal, both for the dolphin spotting and for the excursion out onto the water. If you even see one dolphin, it’d be hard to walk away dissatisfied, and if our excursion was anything like typical, you should see a lot more than one.

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December 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm Comment (1)

First Impressions and Images of Savannah

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Our first full day in Savannah was warm and overcast. Luckily, the rain held off and we were able to spend the afternoon getting familiar with the city that would be our home for the next few months.

Savannah City Hall

Our landlord had offered to let us make use of a couple bikes he had in storage. We wobbled into town on the old, rickety contraptions, knowing that this was the perfect way to get around Savannah. A sleek mountain bike would be out of place in this eccentric, slow-moving city, but ambling along the wide streets on these quirky old things, we fit right in.

Over the course the day, I gathered the same impressions of Savannah which must strike every newcomer to the city. The haunting beauty of the Spanish Moss. The crowded riverside promenade with its shops and tour boats. The incredible Victorian architecture. The parks and squares, with their monuments to Savannah’s rich history. Spacious old mansions always evince an air of mystery, with their quiet sense of history, and Savannah has hundreds of such houses! Biking around them, especially on a dreary day, was enough to send shivers down my spine. It’s no coincidence that the city is home to so many ghost stories.

But what impressed us most of all was the people and the relaxed way of life which reigns here. Nearly everyone we encountered was smiling, happy to stop and chat. Savannah boasts an eclectic populace, with proper, society-type ladies sharing the squares and sidewalks with panhandlers and flannel-clad students. It’s an old city, but one with a vital infusion of youth that keeps things fresh. Thanks to SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah might have a higher percentage of hipsters than Brooklyn.

This initial tour was fascinating, and by the time we returned to our own beautiful mansion just off Abercorn, I knew that we had made a great decision in coming here. Savannah is stunning at first glance, but it’s a city whose true beauty lies in its depth; its history, secrets, stories and legends. Our 91 days was already ticking down, and I could hardly wait to get back out there and start exploring.

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November 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm Comments (9)
Captain Mike's Dolphin Adventure I'll admit it. I was already partial to Captain Mike's Dolphin Adventure, out on Tybee Island, because I like anything featuring my own name. Mike & Ike's? Delicious. Michael Jackson? The greatest ever. Mike the Headless Chicken? Best headless chicken ever. Mikes rule, and so it was no surprise to discover that Captain Mike's Dolphin Adventure was totally awesome.
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