Scouting Savannah

 

Written by Diana
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We left Brunswick, Georgia, Sunday morning and traveled 216 miles to see Rick from On the Road with Maxine and Me. He is a fellow RV-Dreamer that we met while volunteering at Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon last summer. We have been lucky to see him twice since then, but we couldn’t pass up a chance for another visit since we were relatively close.
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Rick Diana Jim
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Rick spent this past winter volunteering for Georgia State Parks at Hamburg State Outdoor Recreation Area. We had a lovely site right on the water, and it was easy to see why he enjoyed his time at this beautiful campground.
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 This photo was taken from the lake. The guys did a lot of pedaling on the paddle boat to get this photo for me!
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Dogwood Rick
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The Dogwoods were in bloom, and the spring green leaves were amazing!
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Jim Maxine
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 It was great to see Maxine too!
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sunrise fog Rick
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We enjoyed our morning coffee while watching the fog roll across the lake and this beautiful sunrise. It was hard to leave here after only one night. Not sure when it will be, but we look forward to seeing Rick and Maxine … down the road.
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Tuesday night we arrived at a Boondockers Welcome site that is located about a half hour west of Savannah. This host has room for four rigs, and we appreciate the opportunity to stay here four nights while we visit the area.
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Tuesday we headed into Savannah’s historic district. We had purchased tickets online to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Known as Daisy, the founder of Girl Scouts in the U.S.A. was born here in 1860. I was thrilled to be at the home I had seen so many time in photos, and the tour did not disappoint.
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Scouting was a huge part of my childhood, and I really enjoyed learning more about this strong women who started an organization that has meant so much to so many.
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girls birthplace
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It was really fun to see the numerous Girl Scout troops that were visiting during their spring breaks, and to share in their enthusiasm for scouting.
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After lunch we visited Wright Square, one of the many squares (parks) that make the city so unique. Wright Square has the Gordon Monument which honors William Washington Gordon. In addition to being Juliette’s grandfather, he was an early mayor of Savannah and founder of the Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia.
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low front house
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Then we toured the Andrew Low House. This beautiful home is where Juliette lived after her marriage to William Mackay Low in 1886. After his death, she continued to live in the home until she died in 1927 at the age of 66. It was during this time, at the age of 51, that she established the Girl Scouts of America.
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From the Low House, we headed down to River Street.  The ramped streets that connect it to the upper town are paved with cobblestones.  Those stones were ballast from 19th century ships and are from ports throughout the world.
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Jim waving girl
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On River Street, we visited the Waving Girl statue.  This is a monument to Florence Martus, a lifelong resident of the area. From 1887 to 1931, she waved at every single ship that entered and left the port, either with her handkerchief or with a lit lantern at night.  We had read about her several years ago, and we wanted to make sure we saw this memorial to her.
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There is so much history to enjoy in Savannah, but Jim ended up treating me to a day filled mostly with scouting history. Stay tuned for our next post when we will be back in his wheelhouse, as we plan to explore Tybee Island and Ft. Pulaski tomorrow.
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22 thoughts on “Scouting Savannah”

  1. Great post Diana! I was a Girl Scout for a few years but sadly the troop I was in wasn’t very active and I lost interest. How awesome you got to see Rick and Maxine again! Savannah looked like a lot of fun!

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  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed Savannah! I have been living just outside Savannah for the past 10 years and still love going downtown to the historical district. Spring time is the best time to visit here with all the flowers blooming and it’s not too hot or humid yet. Safe travels!

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  3. Thanks for writing such interesting posts, always educational. Also thanks for the wonderful picture of Rick and Maxine, both are looking great. Miss my big brother and hope to see him soon!

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    1. Yes, Georgia has some beautiful campgrounds. Since we retired Jim and I have been able to visit both of my leaders, and thank them and their husbands for all of the great memories.

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  4. Savannah is a great city! Sounds like a wonderful day with Juliette Lowe and Scouting for you:) We took one of the city tours (which we don’t often do) and had a great time. We then came back with our bikes and rode around to spend a little more time at each location. So many little tidbits in this city.

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    1. Several people suggested the narrated trolley tour and said how much they enjoyed it. We considered it, and might try it in the future as it sounds like you learn a lot of history. The city also has a system of free buses that we thought we might use. This time we just parked and ended up walking. Parking for the whole day was $5.00, which we thought was a bargain. We look forward to visiting Savannah again, as there is a lot more to see and do!

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