We arrived at the Sylan Heights Bird Sanctuary at around 11 a.m. The birds were amazing.
*plan to see a photo gallery and lots of bird videos here later.
Endangered Sun Conure
After we left the bird sanctuary in Scotland Neck, we traveled out to Littleton, NC. The town has 650 people and a downtown that has three restaurants, a pharmacy that closes at noon on Saturday, an arcade and an old-fashioned hardware store.
I fell in love.
We ate at Grandpa’s Kitchen. And I even had sweet potato pie.
After a brief walk around town, we went to the cryptozoology and paranormal museum. Turns out the whole town is haunted AND packs of Big Foot roam the area.
Littleton has made television for its unusual traits. Check out these videos:
Places with Pierce
Bigfoot in Littleton oh CBS
My chronology is getting out of whack but we visited Tybee Island, the light house and then ventured toward North Carolina (with a stop at Carolina Cider Company for fun sodas, candy and food souvenirs. Hello?!? Sweet potato butter! Pecan syrup!)
We left Savannah via the pretty bridge. Time lapse of us driving over part of the bridge: https://youtu.be/EHNpEvdcxi4
For our visit to the aquarium see here: https://angelackerman.com/2018/06/23/university-of-georgia-marine-education-center-and-aquarium/
178 stairs and some cool souvenirs later we were on the road again…
The girls asked to go to this small aquarium on the campus of the University of Georgia’s marine education center. It was small, but focused on the local habitat. It was beautifully maintained and featured a touch tank.
The grounds had several natural trails.
It was a lovely way to experience Georgia’s wetlands, but bring your big spray. The mosquitoes feasted on us.
Silly videos from the aquarium:
time lapse of sea turtles:https://youtu.be/wEOAza9gJTA
Striped Burrfish: https://youtu.be/WNeshXxtoFQ
sea horses: https://youtu.be/xlnhigLT0aE
Spiny Lobster: https://youtu.be/u-YtlJDupRY
Lion fish: https://youtu.be/zQ81lW0uPJM
Turtles swimming: https://youtu.be/q2KKFWRviYg
Petting the horseshoe crabs: https://youtu.be/BwF12AwPlA8
Horseshoe crabs: https://youtu.be/OsaaeohWKBE
~ all materials shot with an iPhone X
I ate my way up and down the East Coast. I don’t have a bucket list of things to do, mine contains things to eat.
We were meandering through downtown Savannah and the morning was hot and I was hungry.
I’m always hungry.
In the vicinity of Savannah College of Art and Design, I noticed this ice cream shop and soda fountain.
It didn’t open until 11, and it was 10:45. People were lining up outside.
By the time we ate our ice cream, the line was out the door and every table was full.
On the way back from Savannah to our motel the other night, we discovered a wildlife sanctuary.
We started driving through and a tree was down so we only made in half way before we had to turn around.
And for our gator:
While in Savannah, we took the girls for Japanese since they both love sushi. It was an all-you-could-eat restaurant, which meant every time you finished something you could order another dish.
My daughter ordered so much sushi and appetizers that she forgot to order an entree. And she tried to teach her companion to use chopsticks. She wasn’t a good teacher.
They had a large variety of bubble tea. Gayle got strawberry. I got melon. It was our 16-year-old’s first bubble tea. She didn’t like or dislike it.
Personally I love tapioca in every form.
Today is my daughter’s 14th birthday.
She wasn’t happy when I sailed across the room and leapt on her bed screaming in a falsetto, “it’s my baby’s birthday!”
At 6:30 a.m.
Today we hope to make it to around Richmond, Va., since we are due home tomorrow and I have to be back at work at 7 a.m. Monday.
I wonder if they missed me.
Our exciting plans for today include the bird sanctuary that was closed on Monday and an afternoon visit to the paranormal museum.
And finally… the Quality Inn right off I-95 in Fayetteville, N.C., may have been my favorite hotel balancing price and function. With taxes the room was about $70. The breakfast wasn’t exciting but in included a variety of hot items in addition to the continental selections. And personally, I loved that they offered peanut butter with their bread products.
The room was clean but sparse. Refrigerator a tad busted up but while trying to freeze water bottles into ice cubes for the cooler we almost had one freeze. The water pressure in the toilet was poor. But the pool open 10 a.m. to dusk and it was clean and a nice size for a small hotel. Coffee was decent. And they had a former room on the first floor converted into a fitness center. And a public laundry room.