"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thunderbolt and Savannah, GA

Thunderbolt, GA. is just outside of Savannah, and is where the marina is located that we stayed at.  We arrived on Wed afternoon and spent the rest of the day doing chores on the boat.  It is in constant need of cleaning, the salt water clings to all the surfaces outside, the rails look like someone took a salt shaker to them after a rain. Jim sure gets his exercise, wax on, wax off, you know the motion.

Some of our marina neighborsWe are told by the dock master that they run between 30 to 80 million.  The yearly up keep is about 10% of their value.

Thursday we spent the day in Savannah, exploring the city and taking a horse drawn carriage tour.  Those are always fun and informative, the tour guides are young, cute and witty.  The architecture of these historic buildings is truly beautiful, again another great city rich in history.

This last picture is a building that was originally a horse stable that was turned into one of the first automobile showrooms by Henry Ford.  A story that has been told, is that Henry Ford used spanish moss for stuffing his automobile seats, because it was so plentiful. Well, spanish moss has a microscopic bug called "chiggers" and it will get under your skin and cause a rash and severe itching. To take care of the chiggers, you have to boil the moss, evidently that did not happen or some survived, because people were itching.  It was the first automobile recall.  The marketing after that was "Aren't ya itchin to buy a Ford".

Our nephew Frank and his girlfriend Olivia drove down from Macon, about 3 hours away.  We went back into Savannah and had a great time checking out the market and craft vendors along Riverfront Street. Thanks Frank and Olivia for making the trip down to Thunderbolt to see us.

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