Thursday, May 31, 2012

Savannah and Tybee Island -- Day 7

We have now been home from vacation for four days, and I still have yet to post the photos from our last day on the beach.  I think I somehow believed that if I didn't accept it, we wouldn't have to leave and I could stay at the beach forever.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE our home, our small town, our cows, trees, fields, etc..., but if I could transplant all that to a place near the ocean, I definitely would.  I have always loved the water and the beach.  I remember telling my mom when I was little that I wanted to be a fish when I grew up, and my love of swimming and lounging near a pool or beach haven't changed as the years have passed.

All that to say, we spent our last day in Tybee by spending as much time as possible in the ocean and pool.  We didn't leave the island, ate dinner locally, and then walked through all the shops on the streets next to our condo.  Our last stop was to walk the pier, where we saw people looking for crabs on the beach, as well as a young man who catching a shark (a small 3 foot one) from off the pier.

The next morning we woke early, made breakfast, cleaned up, and left one of my favorite new vacation destinations.  As we drove through Savannah to get back to the interstate, I made sure that Jason knew this was a place I hoped we could visit again.

And Georgia has been on my mind ever since.

Thanks to both sets of our parents for making this trip happen, and both of our siblings, too, for going along and making the trip extra fun.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tybee Island and Savannah -- Day 6

Today has been spent much like yesterday: big, family breakfast, hanging out at the beach all morning, inside to shower and change, and then off for the evening.  Tonight we drove to Hilton Head for a sunset cruise, and we saw beautiful scenery and even some dolphins up close and personal.

Connor has made even bigger strides today with his fear of the ocean.  Today he didn't even hesitate to run up and splash right in.  He was still a little fearful when I took him in a little deeper, even with me holding him, but near the shore he was happy to play all by himself (with no whining or asking to be held).  It is amazing to see the strides he has made and how much he loves the water and waves now, as you can see in the pictures from our day below:

I'm already sad that tomorrow is our last full day in Tybee before heading home on Saturday morning.  I love it here.  Hoping to soak up the last bit of sun and sand tomorrow by staying on Tybee all day, although I could certainly spend several more days just exploring Savannah.

I'll post my last pictures tomorrow.

Tybee Island and Savannah -- Day 5

Wednesday was a fun, busy day.  We spent most of the morning/early afternoon at the beach, and then headed to Fort Pulaski, the lighthouse on Tybee, The Crab Shack, and then a nighttime stroll through Savannah for a tour all about the city's history of ghosts.  While I am not particularly interested in the paranormal, the strolling tour was wonderful and our guide gave lots of historical information as well.

Here was our day in pictures:

The most exciting news of the day was that the boy who was terrified to even touch his toe in the ocean two days ago was doing this on Wednesday:

He ran, splashed, and even fell purposefully into the water all morning.  There is nothing more exciting as a mamma of a toddler than to see my boy overcoming his fear and having a blast in the water.

The following shots are from Fort Pulaski:

sidewalk in Savannah

Colonial Park Cemetery

We also went back to Leopold's (a second time):

Thursday will be another day at the beach, with a trip to Hilton Head for a sunset cruise.