AreVthereYet: Days 12 & 13

The road to and through St Augustine!

As we prepared for our next destination, Phil started the day with a batch of his very tasty cold brew. You know life is good when you can make cold brew in your camper.

We left Friday for St. Augustine and had an uneventful trip. Waze was a good navigator and routed us around the traffic on 95 entering Florida. It turned out the back up was due to COVID check points. We arrived in St. Augustine a bit behind our friends after stopping for a quick trip to Publix. They do have the best sweet tea after all!

I have to say I found it funny that it was about this point in our trip when Nala decided she had enough of riding in the back. She made herself a perch just behind Phil and I and ultimately ended up in my lap off and on for the rest of our drive time.

Our first afternoon in St Augustine was fairly laid back. The kids explored and our friend made the best mezcal margarita! It had a spicy/sweet rimming sugar and was very easy going down.

You have to love it when your friend comes prepared with a glass for every drink!

The next day we set off early to explore St. Augustine. That required another Uber trip, but it was ok.

Along our way, we found some unexpected treasures like this Andrew Young Crossing. Just walking away from a monument, I noticed the footsteps and decided to follow them. #supercool

We toured the Pirate Museum, walked through the old city and went to the oldest house in the US. The weather was lovely until we left there and after a brisk walk we had to find shelter to wait out the rain. After stumbling onto the Andrew Young Crossing, when I saw the back of a statue with a young woman who looked like she could be Black, I wandered over in the rain. It wasn’t quite what I expected.

After returning from our wonderful soggy ending day trip, we had a quiet evening enjoying the last night with our friends. The next day promised to be a journey as we planned to hear from St. Augustine to Bar Harbor, Maine!!

AreVthereYet Day 11: Savannah

We decided to have an adventure in Savannah and head into town to explore. Because we are in a motorhome, that required an Uber for us, while our friends unhooked their travel trailer and rolled out. We decided to do a hop on hop off trolley (which we’d done when our friends came to NYC a couple of years ago). We donned our masks and headed out!

Fortunately Uber has new protocols and the driver also wore a mask.

We had a really nice time in Savannah – it’s a beautiful city! We explored the old town area and a bit of the water front. And of course we found Savannah’s best ice cream. I have to say, though it was lovely, I think our Ice Cream at home is better 🤫!

I do have to say, that the Uber driver on the way home was fascinating. Her family has been in Savannah since the 1700s, but she is a diver, preparing to relocate to Bonaire in the Caribbean to start a dive and marine studies school. She had been in radio and TV for her career and seemed to drive Uber because she likes people and to keep herself busy. We had a great conversation on the way home and she was cool about answering all of my little mister’s questions and listening to his point of view about the oceans! She was also familiar with the Savannah social life and had a cameo appearance in, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”! If you’ve red it, she was the strawberry blond in the kitchen during one of the parties…

Enjoy Bonaire Maureen! I am sure the kids will visit one day. And they will ask the entire flight, “AreVthereYet?”

AreVthereYet? Day 10: Savannah

We had a good ride from Charleston to Savannah. We even took some time to stop at the Angel Tree on John’s Island. The kids were particularly interested in it because they heard about it during our tour in Charleston. I do have to say that the Angel Tree is 400 years old and it is stunning – we were careful to appreciate it gently.

We arrived in Savannah and set up for the evening. It was a nice campground, even though we were right next to the entrance. There was a lake and when I went over to take a look, I saw swans! I went back to get the kids with the reminder that they needed to maintain a safe distance. This was particularly important for my Little’s, who touch everything. And don’t let me start on my son, who decided to pick up a chipmunk and got a bite just last Summer!

Fortunately, the kids managed to appreciate the swans quietly and we went back to the RV for dinner. This was the first time we managed to get campsites adjacent to each other and we loved being able to run back and forth.

We enjoyed a super relaxing evening, including a movie for the kids, popcorn for everyone and talking late into the evening. Oh, and there were s’mores!