Friday, February 20, 2015

Life is full of Second Chances

Many years ago I took my daughter to Savannah. As much as I wanted to explore the city end to end, she did not.

We took the sight seeing trolley then we pushed on to St Augustine back then. We still had a remarkable vacation but for many years I have dreamed of revisiting and really experiencing the food, the architecture, and the people of this town.


Most of you who know me, know I put a lot of effort into planning my trips. Not this one. It was done last minute and on the fly with a few days open. I had a certain number of goals and they were all met. If I had researched a little more I would have added a few of the many museums I stumbled upon. Maybe a third chance is in the future.


So why you may ask are there so few people in such a vibrant city? Well one of the additional and unexpected goals was to test myself against the elements. I have long dreamed of moving back up north again. But after 35 years in the tropics, I may not be able to.


The verdict on this trip. The people of Savannah are far warmer than the January temperature of 37 degrees in the morning. I spent two full days outside in that cold. I managed to grudgingly enjoy it. I don't think I can make it a part of my life. Savannah on the other hand is a town I could easily see myself living in. It seems everyone walks, half of them have a dog, all of them smile when you pass, and everyone everywhere was polite. Now maybe it was because we were the only tourists they had seen that day but I got the impression it was their normal state.


DSC_6776We did come across this lion on the last day but I think he was sad because we were leaving. I had some of the best food I've eaten in a long time. Mostly seafood and a little down home Southern at Paula Dean's place Lady and Sons. You will not go hungry in Savannah, that is for sure. Thirsty either. I like a nice hand made beer now and again and it seemed every place we stopped stocked one or two. I could have very easily added a third and forth day to this trip and still spent little time in the hotel. Our accommodations were excellent and affordable at the Staybridge as well as so perfectly situated that we didn't need to move the car. 
DSC_6558I'm glad I was given this second chance and I'm quite pleased I made the most of the opportunity. There are so many places I've been that I would like to revisit with a new enthusiasm. So many I passed by and wished I hadn't. Even more I never had time for and now I want to make the time. I took my daughter to places my father took me when I was her age. This being one of them. I've been doing the second chance thing a long time and I hope she visits those places with her children one day. 

I think most everyone has the same situation in their lives. Not everyone tries to correct it. I have been on a mission to explore for a long time and will continue to do so till I just simply wear out trying. 

Cathedral of St John the Baptist 

For more photos from this trip [click here] 

Forsythe Park

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