Tybee Island, Hilton Head and Savannah


Kakee and Daddo Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in May. Instead of a party, they wanted to do a family vacation. So, we rented a big house on Tybee Island, Georgia and had day trips to Hilton Head and Savannah. Mark and Steph and the kids drove and did things before and after our trip. We didn’t have as much time off work this Summer, because Susan and I both took off to do church trips, Pine Springs camp and the Senior Suprise trip. So, we flew after work on Friday to Jacksonville, Fla. We got there so late, that decided to spend the night there. The next day, we got a rental car and drove to Georgia. We arrived a little before lunch. Kakee and Daddo flew in late the night before. We got the house from VRBO. It was pretty nice and fit our families perfectly. It even had an elevator. We unloaded our car and then went to lunch at a pizza place close to the house called Huccapoo’s. After that, we went to the house changed and walked to the beach. The beach close to the house was off of the Savannah River. It wasn’t great, but had tons of dolphins right off the shore. We even saw a couple of manatees! We stayed for a couple of hours and went on a long walk down the beach. That night, the girls cooked fish, shrimp and baked potatoes for us. After dinner, we played a game of fish bowl. We were all pretty tired and slept well.

The next day, we slept late, had church at the house and then drove to Hilton Head. We did some shopping, went to Piggly Wiggly and then had lunch at a really good sub shop. Then went to the beach. The second we got there, they started closing the beach due to a huge lightning storm blowing in. We got soaked on the way back to the cars. We drove in the flood to the Disney Resort in Hilton Head. The property was OK, but the service was great and had a Disney feel to it. We even got treats! The girls got Dole pineapple whips and I got a Mickey rice crispy treat. After that, we went to a candy and soda store. We bought Daddo the Corn Soda. We were going to go eat, but we weren’t hungry, so, we drove back to the house and dropped Kakee and the kids off, and then we went to Paula Dean’s Creekside restaurant. It was a pretty good fish restaurant.

Monday, we got up kind of early and went to Savannah. We went straight to Mrs. Wilkes restaurant and got in line just after 10am. By the time the restaurant opened at 11, there was a huge line and I’m sure some people waited for hours. When they called us in, we all sat at the same table and it already had food on it. They probably served 15-20 different southern dishes. It was so good. I loved the fried chicken. When we finished eating, we had to take our plates to get washed. After our huge lunch, we did the trolley ride around Savannah. The town is really beautiful with lots of history. We only got off the trolley once, to hit some souvenir shops and to go to Paula Dean’s main restaurant, Lady and Sons. We also got some Mabels Famous cupcakes. After the tour, we were all pretty tired and hot. We drove back to the house to rest up. Susan and Natalie went back to Savannah for pedicures. That night, we went to Tybee and ate at Spankys on the beach. We got crab dip and chicken strips and potato wedges. It was awesome! After dinner, we walked out on the pier to watch people fish. We saw 2 people catch little baby sharks. On the way back to the cars, we shopped the souvenir stores.

The last day, we went out to the nice beach area of Tybee Island. The sand was beautiful and white. The water was brown. We had some nice waves and got some boogie boarding in. We even taught Daddo how to boogie board! We had to leave at 11, to get back to the house, get cleaned up and start our journey home. We were flying out of Charleston to Baltimore and then to Dallas. When the flights are free, sometimes you have to take the long way home.

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