Monday, March 23
Today was rent car go find truck day. Again, the truck was too far away. Why did we do this again? Four hours one way to Georgetown in a cheap car. Why do we upkeep renting cheap cars ? Because we’re cheap. 😙
The drive up was pretty uneventful. Noticed a few signs for towns out on the coast that we had visited. We drove highway 17 which we thought would be scenic but it was not.
We arrived in Georgetown in a little less than four hours having stopped at McDonalds (could find nothing else open when we were hungry) for a truly terrible hamburger.
Happiness when we arrived in Georgetown though….Esther’s car was parked in the lot. Ya’all remember our friend Esther “I’m a Southern Lady and I drink hard liquor”. ❤️ We stood on the dock and Esther stayed on the boat. We want to be safe. It was nice to see her and catch up. She is doing well, but like all of us misses her friends and routine. We found out the newspaper building just behind the dock was being torn down soon for yet another large hotel. Again, quit building these things. I asked Esther who the hell was going to be staying in this hotel. Younger people don’t like the big chain hotels and older people just lost all their money. Ok, I didn’t say that last part but … come on enough is enough. She said “you Damn Yankees! Well, she might not have said “damn” but it goes together so well.
We had to get back on the road so we bid adieu. We will keep in touch and hopefully run into Esther and her son Tom when we come back next January. We took alternate 17 on the way home. It went through many small towns before it hit the freeway but it was nice. The azaleas are in bloom everywhere. Truly everywhere. I drove by a cemetery that seemed to have as many azaleas as headstones. Plus, Joe drove the bitty car and my Spectrum radio had an excellent playlist. Still, a long day.
We have walked around Brunswick a bit prior to getting the car. So much to do here. Sad that we won’t be able to go to the Richland rum distillery or local brewpub. We will see about buying the rum though. Georgia’s only rum distillery! The downtown seems to be in the process of being revitalized. There were many beautiful parks and buildings. So many shops, restaurants and pubs. We did get take-out from a Caribbean place and it was wonderful. Plantains mon.
A long dock along the waterfront has a tall ship (it’s for sale) check out Peacemaker, one of the American Cruise line ships we’ve run into before was here as cruise ships are not running and a huge Panamanian cargo ship unloading its freight.
A very large park on the waterfront held a farmers market under a permanent shelter. Some fellow boaters walked by and pointed it out to us. Since there were very few customers, we walked through. We are trying to deplete our food on the boat but some fruit would be good (for cocktails).
This town was established in 1738 when a 1,000 acre plantation was built on the Turtle River. The same river where Pursuit is right now. By 1789, the city was recognized by President Washington as having been one of five original ports of entry for the American colonies. It was an important ship building location during WWII and is a productive port city to this day.
We drove out to St Simons Island which we missed last time we were here (by car). It is worth it to retrieve our truck now and then. However the original plan was some beach time with our friends Keith and Cheryl.
It is a long narrow island and seems to have a long narrow golf course going down the middle. It contained a lot of marshland and a lot of gated communities. The moss lined oaks along the streets made it picture perfect. There was a lot of people out and about here.
Another historic island with a beautiful working lighthouse, a battle site and Fort Frederick National Monument. Shockingly, the monument area was open. We wandered around the remnants of an old British colony and the fort used to defend against the Spanish. This area was self-guided so we spent a bit of time there, mostly by ourselves except for a few guys walking their dogs. We weren’t prepared for a hike so my sandals got a bit destroyed and coconuts pretty white paws were not so pretty but a hose on the side of the office building remedied the situation.
Of course the beaches were closed but we did get this shot of the rolled over ship, the Golden Ray, from another angle. There seems to be more equipment there. We cannot imagine how noisy it will be when they start cutting it up!
We are making the best of it and enjoying our last few days on Pursuit. Stay safe y’all.