Dave's parents made the rather last minute and unexpected decision to move to Florida. Since Dad had just had back surgery we decided to make a trip down to help them get settled in. It is about a 14 hour drive so we split it up into two days.
I've been using Google + for photo backup from my iPhone, and at the end of the trip Google automatically put together this pretty cool animated slideshow showing all the places we stopped using Google Maps. Click here to see that. And then keep scrolling to read more details on the whole trip!
We left bright and early and got on the road by like 6:30am or 7am (yay us!) We stopped at a Bojangles for breakfast. So unhealthy but pretty yummy! We treated our selves with freshly made blueberry biscuits with icing. Nom!
We made a pit stop after crossing the border into South Carolina for a potty break. As I was sitting on the toilet two women started fighting very very loudly in the bathroom. One was a cleaning lady, the other was a lady trying to bring a small dog into the bathroom as she didn't want to leave the dog in the car. There was a large sign to the entrance detailing the rules, one of them being no dogs, which the cleaning lady was explaining to the woman. It's nearly impossible to explain in writing how heated it got, but it was really quite crazy! Even Dave could hear them in the mens room next door. Welcome to South Carolina! Haha
We stopped in Savannah Georgia for the night. We found a cheap motel on the outskirts of the city. It was a little on the sketchy end of things but it did the job for the night. There were a handful of places in Savannah I wanted to visit but they all closed at 5pm and we got into town at 4:45pm, so we just drove around a little bit and then got dinner and turned in for the night.
Dave's family wasn't getting to Florida until the evening so we spent the morning in Savannah sight seeing. Since it was so early it was easy to find parking in downtown Savannah. The cobblestone streets were so lovely! It was all so charming and I long for the day when we can make a return trip and spend more time there!
It was a pretty chilly morning and poor Dave was freezing!
There are so many places I would love to check out! And I am sure it's so lovely in the spring. Even thought it was rather cold and windy it was still so lush and we came across a handful of lovely flowers.
Next we made our way over to one of the most famous cemeteries in Savannah, Bonaventure cemetery.
"Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time."
It was equally creepy and beautiful. I am so glad we had the chance to drive through. A photographers dream!
Again, another place I would die to see in spring as even it being a chilly winter day there were still plenty of lovely flowers to be found throughout the cemetery.
And next we made our way to Wormsloe Plantation
"The approach to the site is one of its most famous features - an avenue lined with more than 400 live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, that arch over the roadway."
It really is almost too pretty to be true. Jaw dropping gorgeous. And more than worth the $10 admission fee. Another photographers dream, another place I am so grateful we had the time to stop at!
The iconic archway
And that night we arrived in Ellenton, an hour from Tampa, and found a perfect hotel for our three nights in town. The place was better than we expected for how cheap it was. We spoiled ourselves with a King size bed (which we seriously need to buy one of our own!) and the staff was all so friendly!