Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kyna's 30th Birthday Extravaganza:Pt 5~ Savannah, Georgia

Tuesday, May 31 dawned, and I turned 30.

It was to be a beautiful, sunny day. One good thing about having a birthday at the end of May is that it's usually very pleasant outside. Except that one year in Canada when it snowed (really).

The other good thing about a May 31 birthday? People get paid at the end of the month, and one usually gets more presents!

I should mention that I didn't turn 30 till almost 5 in the afternoon, and I took great comfort in that fact all day long. Milked it for all it was worth, one might say.

We said goodbye to Laura and left Jacksonville early, crossing the big suspension bridge out of the city.

This part of Jax always reminds me of 'The Simpsons'. It's not a nuclear plant or anything though, I believe it's some other type of plant.

Jacksonville is a very industrial city, and one of the cons is the amount of pulp/paper mills.

If you have never had the great fortune of smelling a paper mill, consider yourself lucky. They smell like a mountain of rotten eggs. If the wind is blowing the wrong way, Jax isn't the most sweet-smelling place (Savannah, GA as well, it's a shame such a beautiful city smells so damn bad).

Chuck spotted a huge bald eagle perched up on a lightpole on the way out of the city made up for it. He was just chillin'.

It was so awesome! I really wish I would have had my camera out, but it probably would have been a crappy picture anyway. I thought seeing a bald eagle on my birthday was a good omen for the day.

Since I didn't want to spend my whole birthday driving, we had made plans to stop off in Savannah for a few hours. It's only a few miles off of the main highway we take to come home.

Savannah is a city full of history, established in 1733. It was settled by General James Oglethorpe. You see his name all around the city, and there is a statue of him downtown.

Savannah has a large port, and is a river city. The topography of the place is crazy...right up to the riverfront, the terrain is level, and then it suddenly drops off. There are all of these iron walkways, and stairs down to the street that is directly next to the river.

We didn't have much time to explore the city, unfortuately. I primarily wanted to visit Colonial Park Cemetery, and see the old graves.

Bonaventure Cemetery is also located in Savannah, and is slightly famous because it was featured in 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'. But it's kind of out of the way from the historic district.

But it'll be on the itinerary the next time we pass Savannah, because it looks totally awesome.

Not my photo

Colonial Park Cemetery was established in 1750. There are many people interred here, who were important players in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

There is also a sign that explains why so many people have a death date of 1820. There was a huge yellow fever epidemic that year, and a lot of residents got wiped out.

The most interesting part of the cemetery was this wall full of old gravestones.

Many of the people had their place of birth listed on the stones. Quite a few of them were Northerners.

Chuck said, "Maybe this is where they put all the Yankees. Under the wall."

I'm thinking the stones were either so broken or damaged that they wanted to keep them visible for history's sake, or they had to be moved for some reason. I don't know. But the effect was interesting.

We walked through the cemetery a little more...

...and then we decided to make our way down to the nearby riverfront. We passed many old houses and churches along the way. (Fun Fact: The founder of Methodism lived in Savannah. And the founder of the Girl Scouts of America was born there).

Some pics from our walk:

House built in the early 1700's. I think it's a restaurant now

St John's Cathedral

I really wanted to go inside, but just at the time we went by, a service was going on and we couldn't.

Chuck thought this was funny

The Six Pence Pub

This is the Savannah Theater, I do believe. I read somwhere that it's the oldest continuously operational theater in the US, from the early 1800's. That's a pretty good feat for any place that was in the thick of the Civil War.

The city's so green...

Lafayette Square

In the midst of all the historical buildings, is the Savannah College of Art and Design. If you want a career in this field, this is one of the best schools to attend in the country.

It was a hot ass day in Savannah. Chuck and I finally got to the riverfront, and descended some iron steps and then a large hill made up of cobblestones. Anyone who was foolish enough to wear high heels down there would be screwed. It would be impossible to walk. It was hard for us to walk the terrain in sneakers!

I love that shirt

The waterfront was beautiful. Restaurants, art galleries, shops, trolleys, ships...the whole shebang.

WWII Memorial

Some sort of pirate-y looking ship

We stopped at a little shrimp place for lunch. Had a glass of wine and some delicious mini blueberry muffins with bourbon-pecan butter. Yummy!

Wait? Where are the birthday presents in this narrative??

Hell, just being in Savannah was birthday present enough. One more cool city I thought I'd never visit in a million years.

We did walk past this store called 'The Savannah Bee Company'. They sell all sorts of gourmet honey, honey products, and bee-themed gifts. I love bees. I totally dragged Chuck into the store, and the birthday shopping was completed.

We had to get on the road back to NC soon, but after we climbed back up the tall iron starway (and narrowly missed suffering twin heart-attacks...heat+stairs+fat=heart attack), we took a few last pics.

The trolley was stopped at a light at the top of a steep hill to turn left, and it looks like it's about to come down the sidewalk. Love this pic

There are a lot of Irish in Savannah. They have one of the biggest St. Patty's Day parades anywhere. There is a monument to Irish Americans near the river.

Had to get a picture with my favourite Irish-American

Man, I wish we had more time to spend there. If it feels like I've glossed over a lot of the city, I did. That's a lot to pack into four hours. Usually I like to stop at each thing I'm looking at, and learn about it. I've had to satisfy myself with looking up facts after I got home.

Now that I'm 30, people have been asking me if I feel 30 yet. I don't really feel any different, and I'm still getting ID'd. My joints hurt about as much as they did before I left my twenties.

I did have one 'over 30' moment the other day at work.

I was walking past customer service, and the phone was making the noise that it makes when someone's been on hold too long.

I asked R if he had someone on hold. He said no. I went over to S, and asked her if she had someone on hold. She said no. I asked R to pick it up and see who was on hold. As soon as he started talking to the customer, I remembered that it had been ME that put her on hold! I completely blanked out answering the phone. I couldn't stop laughing. The memory's speeding downhill already...

But other than that, 30's been good to me so far. I got to have some friends and family over to celebrate, the night before I went back to work.

There's even some garden content in this post! Look at the size of my tomato plant ...I couldn't even fit it all in the frame. I call it Frankenstein. It's been two weeks since this photo was taken, it's even bigger now. I decided to feed it the whole back porch to keep it from eating me.

Anyway. I survived 30. I'm sure ya'll are so pleased. :)


Aerie-el said...

Never been there, so it was fun to tag along via photos for your visit to Savannah. Was that really only a 4-hour visit? Really?
That's some tomato plant! Yowza.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

OMG Kyna that was just hilarious and I loved seeing the cemetery (Kingston has an awesome old one too that is absolutely beautifully dotted with old trees, statues, ponds, perennials and so on and so forth) ... what was I talking about again ? Ah ! from the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which is one of my favorites! Too cool to see it in your pictures girl !
Monster tomato plant warning .. I keep hearing the theme of The Little Shop of Horrors !!hehehe
I want to see what kind of tomatoes you get from that sucker ;-)
Hey .. you only turn 30 once girl .. enjoying like this was .. yes, you know what I am going to say ... PRICELESS !! hehehe
Joy : )

Alison said...

Girl, you had the best 30th birthday ever in the whole world, I think. I've got to get my husband on board with the whole celebrate the birthdays like they're going out of style thing. Maybe I'll make him take me to Hawaii.

Thanks for taking us along. Savannah looked awesome.

Love that Old Guys Rule shirt. My husband needs one.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Nice graveyard! Nice old phone box. Ah, it's all over. Still, I am feeling better and I STILL have mine to come! You have to wait a year, I just need another week. Ahhhaaaahhaaaahhhaaa!

Midget books and beer for me!

Kris said...

Wonderful trip posts! Happy belated birthday!

Howzit feel now that yer pushin' 31? :-P

Marguerite said...

Like you Savannah is a place I would love to see but have never really thought I would. Perhaps in the future, now that we live on the east coast. Loved hearing about your birthday trip and glad to hear 30 is treating you well.

Kyna said...

Aerie-el: Yep, it was really 4 hours. I was taking pictures like I'd never take any again lol. I think next time we'll stay overnight, and try out some more restaurants.

Joy: Haha, I should have called it Seymour :P It's actually a cherry tomato plant. But it's really cool...I think I'm going to do a garden post next time.

Alison: I don't know about the BEST 30th birthday in the whole world. My cousin Leanne (who is about my age) is in Italy right now, and posting awesome pics hourly on Facebook. I would have chosen Italy over Savannah for sure if I could have LOL

But I had a great time regardless! :D

IG: I think you should lay off the cold medicine a little, ol' buddy.

Kris: Pushin' 31. HA! :P

Marguerite: I love living on the east coast. There are a few places on this side of the continent I'd like to go next. New York, Massachussetts...the Canadian Maritimes... :D

Kelly said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

I love, love, love Savannah. We visit every time we go to Hilton Head. I enjoyed seeing all the photos. We take the same walk! I love the cemetary...and the river walk. We stayed in the hotel on the walk one night. It was so cool to look out the window and watch a huge tanker floating by!