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We stayed at Oak Plantation Campground just outside of the city on the Savannah Highway.
Back again for two weeks at one of our favorite parks in Florida. This park is located on a barrier island situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay. This time the weather has been absolutely gorgeous for our whole stay here. Janet has been enjoying the local Apalachicola oysters at only $6.99 a dozen on the half-shell ( try that on PEI ! ). The island has miles and miles of natural unspoilt beach with sand almost as white as those further west along the panhandle. Unfortunately we have neither cell phone or internet access here and have to drive 10 miles to the nearest library to get it.
We have moved west a few hours (and a time zone ) along the Panhandle to Grayton Beach State Park and that puts us on the “Emerald Coast” with its white-sand powder beaches and emerald waters (St. George was on the “Forgotten Coast” ). The sand here is as white as snow and even on a dull day can blind you. Our campsite has all the modern conveniences, including a sewer connection. Grayton Beach State park is mile or so from the planned community of Seaside, the criticism of which I’ll keep to myself for now. It did however give a second life to some old Airstream trailers as food vending establishments which is a nice touch.
We spent only a few days here to check it out. A small campground with only 30 sites, but a beautiful location next to the Suwannee River. Nice opportunities for kayaking here. Also visited the Stephen Foster Cultural Center and Museum where there are displays on the life of Stephen Foster ( the composer of “Suwannee River”, “Oh Suzanna” etc.) We spent a few cold nights here with the temperature dipping to -5 C one night!
While we were at the Alligator Farm we were lucky enough to catch the daily alligator feeding time, check out the video below.
Here comes the “Carnival Dream” cruise ship:
We had great weather for travelling south, arrived Savannah South KOA campground for our 7-day stay here. This campground is very convenient to downtown Savannah. It is a very well kept campground with escort to your site. A very nice pond with a wide variety of waterfowl is on the premises, including at least 18 white swans. The swans do not have their wings clipped as do those in Ottawa’s Rideau river and thus are free to come and go but I guess the steady supply of easy food keeps them here. We could see the swans from our trailer – a nicer view than you get in most campgrounds.
Savannah is beautiful city to visit and bypassing it on the way south is an opportunity missed. Downtown near the river is River street where the warehouses that were used for shipping cotton and other goods out of the South are now converted to shops and restaurants catering to the tourism trade. The cobblestone streets were constructed from the stones that ships used for ballast and unloaded in Savannah before taking on their cargo. The real gems however are to be found in the city’s famous Squares scattered throughout town. Tourists are to be found all over this city using many methods of transport to see these parks and the many impressive houses along the route. We took the self-guided walking tour while others took organized tours on trams, buses, bikes, horse-drawn carriages, and even Segways. We spent many hours going from park to park enjoying the Spanish moss-draped live oaks. Just a short drive east from Savannah is the resort community of Tybee Island. we spent an afternoon there walking the magnificent beach on the Atlantic ocean – it is a beautiful spot. There is only one campground on the island and unfortunately they seem to be packed in like sardines with some trailers almost sticking out onto the street. We are not likely to settle in there, as we prefer more natural surroundings.