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With three weeks left in Savannah, we already had our flights to Buenos Aires booked and were starting to look forward to our next adventure. But there was still a lot left to do and see, here in Georgia, including going through the thousands of pictures we had taken over the past couple months. Here are some of the better shots, from the city and Tybee Island.

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Chimney Sun Set
Spanish MOss Sunset
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In the Water with North Island Kayak

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There are a lot of activities you can do on Tybee Island, but one of the best is to go kayaking. We decided to take my brother, who happened to be visiting, as a surprise present for his birthday.

Lighthouse Kayak

We arrived early at North Island Surf & Kayak, on the interior border of Tybee Island. The shop’s owner was out-of-town, but his parents had come down from Augusta to manage the place. They were a friendly couple, possessed of that southern tendency to immediately warm up to complete strangers. We enjoyed long conversations both before and after kayaking, and before leaving at the end of the day, we all got hugged.

We spent the whole day out on the water, paddling up the Lazaretto Creek which flows inland, and then into the ocean. It was a wonderful day, the highlight of which came when a dolphin surfaced just ten feet from my kayak. Being outdoors on a perfect, warm fall morning, exercising muscles that haven’t been used in years… it couldn’t have been better.

The kayaks can be leased for the whole day, and are of good quality; despite being total newbies to the sport, none of us were in danger of capsizing. The shop is perfectly situated. You can choose to go upstream, paddle over to Fort Pulaski, or just coast along the coast of Tybee. They also offer day-long guided tours. If you’re in the mood for some action, check our North Island.

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Tybee Sunsey Kayak
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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)
Savannah Countdown With three weeks left in Savannah, we already had our flights to Buenos Aires booked and were starting to look forward to our next adventure. But there was still a lot left to do and see, here in Georgia, including going through the thousands of pictures we had taken over the past couple months. Here are some of the better shots, from the city and Tybee Island.
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