Sunday, August 22, 2010

Afternoon in the Garden of Good and Evil

It has been a crazy busy week but a very fun weekend, and I finally have some pictures to post!

This past Friday we had a big get together at a barbecue place nearby, and gorged ourselves on ribs and hickory smoked wings while hanging out with some of the other KAPL guys and their families. Aiden spent a good portion of the evening talking to another little girl named Audriana and I'm pretty sure the entire conversation revolved around Curious George. It was a nice night out and always a comfort to know that everyone is going through the same experiences, both good and bad, at this school.

Yesterday we went to visit our friend/Sean's best man Owen, who was in Georgia visiting his family. We drove down to Pooler, GA to meet his parents and extended family and then drove into Savannah. It's a two hour drive, a straight shot down highway 17, and a pretty drive through the country.

When we hit River St. we had to drive along the trolley tracks. Aiden screamed "No train tracks!!!" the whole way. I kept thinking about Bill Murray in "Groundhog's Day" when he goes off about "Never drive on the train tracks!".

When we got into Savannah we headed straight for the Pirate House.

The Pirate House, and Sean's big noggin

This is a conglomerate of old houses all built together and turned into a restaurant. One part of it used to be a saloon where they'd serve the pirates that came up the river into the city. There was a tunnel built from the water and up into the basement, where rumor is that the pirates would kidnap drunk patrons and take them through the tunnel onto the waiting ships. Imagine waking up to find yourself on a pirate ship headed for the Ivory Coast. Yikes.

After that, we walked down river street and looked in some of the shops, and then checked out the old buildings.

Zoltar! from "Big"

Along the river walk

I was determined to find the famous statue of the girl feeding birds from the novel/movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". We walked and walked and even checked in a graveyard, but alas, it could not be found. Turns out it was moved after the movie came out, apparently they weren't too pleased with the image the movie gave them.

We did get an opportunity to see a revolutionary war cemetery. They say both Savannah and Charleston are haunted, and I imagine they would be after 300+ years of history. However, I really believe it after going into the cemetary. Aiden is too young to understand death or burial or graveyards, but the minute we walked through the stone archway into this area, he was totally spooked. He kept whipping around, looking side to side, clinging to Sean. He refused to step off the brick pathway and finally Sean had to carry him. Very spooky.

Keep walking mom!

Aiden did not care to touch the tree, thank you very much!

By the time we got back to Pooler, Owen's two cousins and their family had arrived and Aiden was ready to lay right down and spend the night there. We loaded him back into the car and drove through two hours of high winds and torrential downpours. Overall, it was wonderful to see Owen and we had a great time doing something a little out of the ordinary.

1 comment :

Vicki said...

Aiden is so cute. His parent has BIG smile in the picture but Aiden- very ...