May 10, 2017
After learning that our next stop would be Savannah, GA our AirBnB host in Charleston told us that while the two cities are similar in a sense, they are also very distinctively different. Or as she said it: “Charleston was built by Aristocrats, whereas Savannah by Pirates; and to this day you see the difference”. While my five minutes of fact checking didn’t allow me to confirm that piece of wisdom, after having visited both cities we do understand where that sentiment is coming from.
This difference between the two cities is best exampled by their drinking laws. Whereas in Charleston alcoholic beverages are strictly bar/restaurant only, in Savannah you are allowed to drink freely on the streets. This small difference has a large effect on the city however, in Savannah everywhere you go and especially along the river you will see everybody walking around and sitting in public spaces with drinks in their hands. This in turn encourages tons of musicians to take out there instruments which results is a general festive atmosphere. People were singing, making music and playing everywhere.
Apart from sitting in the sun, listening to live music and enjoying some of the local beers, we also had an actual activity lined up during our stay in Savannah. Via one of our favourite websites we used for our road trip, www.atlasobscura.com, we decided to partake in the following:
“Join us for an opportunity to begin your own personal curiosity cabinet. Create your own unique mounted butterfly cloche (with a real butterfly!) while enjoying a glass of champagne with your friends. ”
When we arrived at the venue, noticed that I was the only man in the group and nobody brought a rifle or a net, I quickly realised I made a serious mistake. Very disappointingly we did not have to hunt for butterflies outdoors, try to catch them, all while making the most of our bottomless champagne. In fact the only thing we had to do was hand paint some mushrooms to pretty up the cloche and put everything together. Whatever was left of my manliness after I started wearing Birkenstock sandals is now gone forever.
After two cities in a row it was time again for some nature park. More specifically Okefenokee Swamp Park in Georgia and Florida. Since we planned almost everything on this trip in detail before we left, we knew exactly where we were headed and what we wanted to do. Unfortunately our detailed schedule had not taken into account that the majority of the park was going to be closed because of the massive wild fires that are currently raging within the park. Luckily a small area of the park was still open to the public and a lot of the wildlife from the park had fled to that same area, meaning that there were alligators, snakes and turtles everywhere we looked. So much so, that when leaving the park we unknowingly passed an alligator on foot within two meters.