Friday, July 23, 2010

Crazy things I learned/experienced on vacation

Howdy Ya'll!

It has been a few weeks since I have posted - life has just been a little too boring to blog don't want to hear that I woke up at 5 am, went to work, came home around 6 pm, ate dinner, went to bed, etc.  :)

My whole family just returned from vacation and I have to share with you some crazy things I learned/experienced.

1)  South Carolina does not believe in driving fast.  I don't think I saw 70 mph once and we were on the road a lot driving to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC.  It was crazy.  Most of the time, the speed limit was 45...forty-five people.  That is crazy talk!

2)  South Carolina and Georgia love them some roundabouts!  It was funny because we were driving through Bonaventure Cemetery looking for the girl statue from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (by the way, if you go there looking for it, they have moved it to a museum in downtown Savannah) and we turned on the GPS to navigate us back to Hilton Head - and while we were smack in the middle of this big cemetery, it tells us to continue straight ahead to the roundabout.  REALLY?  There was even a roundabout in a cemetery.  Oh my!  Here a few pictures of the is really beautiful, if a cemetery can be beautiful.

3)  You notice all the stuff in the is called Spanish Moss.  We learned from Savannah Dan (a guy who takes people on walking tours of Savannah) that it is not a moss at all.  It is actually a plant that is in the same family as the pineapple and doesn't hurt the trees at all.  Just don't touch it!  It usually has chiggers in it.  Spanish Moss was the reason for the first car recall in America.  Henry Ford used Spanish Moss to stuff the seats in his Model T Ford - however, his customers complained about itchy skin - so, he had to recall all SEVEN Model T Fords.  He actually still used the Spanish Moss - but, put it through a treatment where they boil it to get rid of all the bugs.  Much to my surprise, Spanish Moss was also used to stuff lots of other things (mattresses, pillows, etc) until about the 1980s when they started using synthetic fibers.

By the way, if you are ever in Savannah - take a Savannah Dan tour.  It was super interesting for all ages - even my 11 year old niece had a great time.

4)  We had some interesting air travels.  First, we boarded our second leg of our trip to Hilton Head and we believe Linda, the flight attendant for Delta, had been sipping on something a lot stronger than water.  It was quite interesting.  Then, on the same leg of the trip, we left the gate and they determined that we had mechanical problems.  But, that wasn't the interesting part - a few people started de-planing and Linda the flight attendant and the pilot stopped us because they said if they didn't unload the luggage first, the plane would tip over.  What in the world??

Then, on the way back, they switched us from Delta to US Airways because of a luggage/people balance on the small turbo prop planes.  We accepted the change and $600 worth of travel vouchers - and we were going to land back in Northwest Arkansas only 58 minutes from our original flight time.  When, we got back to NWA - we got the last laugh on everyone because we not only had our $600 worth of travel vouchers,  but our original flight on Delta was delayed and we arrived before them.  HA!  We got lucky - now, I have to see if I can talk my husband into a trip to Washington DC since we will have free airfare.

Well, those were some of the crazy or interesting things that we saw/experienced.  Here are a couple of more pictures for your enjoyment.

Me, Hailey and Tony in Johnson Square in Savannah, GA

This church and steeple in Savannah, GA can been seen in the opening credits of Forrest Gump.  That is my favorite movie ever!

The Mercer House - the scene of the murder in the true-crime book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Bertha wake-boarding in the Atlantic Ocean.

Me and Tony at The Wreck of the Salty Dog...Hilton Head Classic!

Me and the best sister ever.

Aren't these oak trees beautiful?  Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC

Boone Hall Plantation - this house has been seen in the North and South and The Notebook.

Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.  I would love to live there - I just need a few million dollars to buy a house.

Lighthouse in Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island.

All in all - this was a great trip and I would recommend it for all.  Hilton Head is a great place where you have lots of activities - beach, biking, golfing, etc.  Go, Visit and be Happy!


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