On to Georgia

Sorry to have left you in suspense. We survived. The tornado watch passed and the severe thunderstorms missed us, but not by much. They passed just north of Charleston, Oaks Plantation Campground is just south. We did get thunder, lightening, some heavy rain and wind that shook the Airstream convincingly. We kept a close watch on the weather maps on the Mac. All ended by about midnight and the front moved up the coast. Its legacy was a beautiful day, which we used to travel to Tybee Island about 16 miles east of Savannah, GA. The road south was very straight, Bruce and Eunice R. Garmin were getting along well, so I got the Mac out and tried blogging in motion. It’s a bit more disjointed, and requires a change of tense later, but fun on a somewhat monotonous road.road2.jpgWe passed miles and miles of pinewoods, but this time they were punctuated by  beautiful redbud trees that bloom before they leaf out: a strong but delicate red, much like the color of Japanese maple leaves in fall; French chalk strokes, mostly outlining the top contours of the trees. The roads through the Lowlands are like channels. Because the land is so flat and the pines so tall, there’s never a distant vista to appreciate. We travel along the coast, but never see the ocean, just trees and occasional swamps.We passed ‘El Cheapo Gas’, which wasn’t, but on that somewhat featureless road, things like that stand out. Passed an Airstream coming the other way. They flashed their lights, and Bruce, attempting to do the same, waved the windshield wipers at them.store-front.jpgSaw a sign “Peach Cider, Cherry cider, 12 miles”. Sho’nuf, there was the Carolina Cider Company and we were able to pull over safely. It’s a tourist trap run by expatriate Minnesotans, but they make very good stuff. We sampled everything offered. Simply fruit, pressed and pasteurized, the peach cider evoked fresh-off-the-tree-still-warm-from-the-sun-almost-perfume-juice-dripping-down-your-hand peaches…Ahhh! Plus we tasted our first boiled peanuts that are boiled in their shells in salt water  which is supposed to return the ‘nut’ to its original bean state: delicious! We came away with some peach cider and a few jars of preserves to savor later.River’s End Campground on Tybee is old and quaint in the best sense and just a couple of blocks from the mouth of the Savannah River where river meets ocean. We spent the afternoon and evening settling in and running errands at the Oglethorpe Mall (love that name). When we parked at the mall, I opened the back passenger door and the half-gallon glass jug of peach cider fell out onto the pavement and miraculously didn’t smash. Tonight we drank some in celebration of another wonderful day. We’re looking forward to exploring Tybee Island in the morning.

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