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August 20, 2005

vacation ideas

Savannah made this list and I agree. River Street isn't what it once was, but if you like history, excellent food and friendly people, visit Savannah. You'll enjoy the parks and watching those weird-looking SCAD students walk by. (That's the Savannah College of Art and Design. I think the students specialize in wearing strange garb, and getting a lot of tattoos and piercings.)

Visit the Old Colonial Cemetary and take a trip on one of those tour buses that'll ride you all over the place with a guide to tell you what you're seeing. Eat at the Exchange Tavern and try one of their Bloody Marys. Go piss in the Savannah River (I've done THAT plenty of times!). Buy a copy of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and read it.

Trust me... if you come to Savannah, you'll LIKE it.

As for elsewhere, I would recommend:

Costa Rica. Get out of San Jose as fast as you can and see the rest of that country. Beautiful, and it's a fairly cheap trip.

Key West, Florida. I've had some true adventures there. It's about as laid-back as the world gets and it's chocked full of pretty wimmen. Unfortunately, about half of them are gay.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada. That is a BEAUTIFUL place. Go in the winter after a nice snowfall.

St. Augustine, Florida. That's only about a three-hour drive from where I live and the beaches are great. If you go there, eat at "Saltwater Cowboy's" restaurant, but be prepared to stand in line to get in the door. The food is worth the wait.

Just drive across the country. If you've never done that, you should. You'll never really appreciate just how BIG the United States is and how much different landscape we have without seeing it for yourself. It is an awesome experience.

Just my two cents.

Comments

Whatever you do though, drive *around* Nebraska.

Posted by: Desert Cat on August 20, 2005 11:53 AM

I would add the Blue Ridge Mountains, which stretch from Pennsylvania to Georgia, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Posted by: Brett on August 20, 2005 12:38 PM

I agree with Brett about the White Mountains...of course I may be a bit biased.

Posted by: Chablis on August 20, 2005 12:43 PM

Capn Tony's in the Keys. That was my crawl.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on August 20, 2005 02:36 PM

Been to Tony's, Gordo, and bought the T-shirt, too.

Posted by: Acidman on August 20, 2005 03:08 PM

I tried to get to Key West once. Didn't really make it past the Cafe Caribbe in Key Largo. On my last try, I got as far Rum Runners in Islamorada though. Nice view but the Caribbe was more fun.

Posted by: Libby on August 20, 2005 03:24 PM

Nah, if you go to st augustine, the ONLY place to eat, as far as I'm concerned is the Colombia. Of course Im a sucker for authentic cuban / Castillian Spanish food (not mexican, but mainland spain) so...

Posted by: Buddy on August 20, 2005 05:46 PM

Been to Tony's, Gordo, and bought the T-shirt, too.

Remember the big grouper at the entrance?

We'd all stand backwards and try to backhand toss a quarter in it's mouth. Last man in would buy the round.


Good times.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on August 20, 2005 05:58 PM

Flyin' into Beaufort via Savannah mid- October -- hope to see a little more of Savannah this time.

Posted by: Marianne on August 20, 2005 06:14 PM

Rob,
this post got me thinking about how fortunate I was, when a teen, to have gone to a few World's Fair's via roadtrip with my younger bro, mom and step-dad.

The first one we went to, Knoxville in 1982, was the most memorable, for all the good and BAD things that happened, such as having our tent get flooded when a rainstorm hit the area, 'cause it was next to the drainage ditch, while we were at the Fair.

The upside to that was China was in attendance for the first time since 1946 and was the major draw. With the rain, instead of us waiting 2 hours to get in, it took 10 minutes. I'll never forget the 4' long boat carved out of ONE piece of ivory, with figures that had faces with individual features.

Other things that were memorable from that trip; the first night camping in New Mexico. We stayed at campgrounds that had a pool each night, and this night, there was a thunderstorm raging off in the distance, while gusting winds were buffeting our tent.

THAT image is still implanted in my mind, the power and beauty of nature, something this Californian native had only heard about.

Also, I remember thinking how GREEN parts of Kentucky were, when driving through.

Ah, good memories.

I've done a few other road trips which allowed me to see parts of this great nation since. I hope to do more in the nearer future, when I get inheritence from my step-dads passing, which occurred last month, on his birthday.

I haven't seen any of Florida yet, and I hope to change that, since I'm planning on visiting relatives in OK, Ohio, and Louisiana.

And one last thing, you think Lake Tahoe is beautiful in winter, you ought to see it in summer, as I did for the FIRST time last year (a tragedy it took me so long, being roughly a 5 hour drive to there for most of my life). "Breath-taking" does not do justice to the beauty that is Lake Tahoe.

Ooooops. I've done it again...sorry for the "War and Peace" length posting.

Posted by: KenS on August 20, 2005 10:11 PM

Anyone planning on a Florida vacation this summer should avoid the Clearwater and St Pete area because of the red tide that has caused a massive fish kill. The beaches smell like a cheap Siagon whore House. The beaches are in good shape from Homosassa Springs on north and south from Fort Meyers on....

Used to be a place on the Savanah waterfront
in the early 1960's called THE BOARS HEAD which I vistieda time or two. Classy kind of place and a little too expensive for a young GI but I has won big in a crap game.

Posted by: GUYK on August 21, 2005 08:29 AM

I really agree with the driving across the country. I've done it a number of times. I always laugh when I hear someone complaining about how crowded America is. I always think "haven't driven across New Mexico, have you?"

Posted by: Tom on August 23, 2005 04:08 PM
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