|a gator sunning itself at Holbrook Pond|
Campground: Ft Stewart, Holbrook Pond Campground. Although this is on the military grounds, it is isolated from the main base, surrounded by pine forests and the pond. 50 amp Electric/Water, free wi-fi, concrete pads and patio. Cost: $20-30, also accepts the National Park Senior Pass making the campsite cost $15.00. Small annoying gnats this time of year. They don’t bite but make it unpleasant to sit outside. Down by the pond, with a slight breeze it’s gnat free…. Note: the general public may also use this campground, very unusual for a military campground.
Distance Traveled: 89 miles
As you may have noticed, I’m not traveling very far with each leg of my travels. Even I expected I’d go my usual 150 miles but with so many places to visit the distances have been relatively short. My GPS wouldn’t give me directions as it kept saying the route would bring me on private or restricted property. But I was able to make it alright without the GPS and came in from the eastern end on hwy 144. Entering the military base from this end enabled me to enter without needing to go through base security as it is a local road passing through the military installation and is available most of the time for local traffic. All I saw for the 15 miles were forests of tall pine trees and dirt roads with signs like “Caution, Tank Crossing” and numerous shooting ranges. Fort Stewart is 250,000 acres in size and is the Army’s largest installation east of the Mississippi. Driving around the pond on the single lane paved berm holding back all that water, I also had to dip down into a spillway with a couple of inches of flowing water. Heavy rains recently filled the pond to capacity and it was draining out over the spillway.
RV Tip: I read recently that using Pine sol in the black water tank as well as grey water tank will keep them smelling good. I’m giving it a try. Instead of spending all that money for those “special” black water treatments which rarely work, this may be a viable solution. Seems to be working after a week. I'll keep you posted, via the poo smell meter.
Savannah has a wealth of homes one can tour. For the first timer as well as repeat visitors it’s a good idea to get a trolley tour pass. Along with learning the lay of the land and lots of history, one can get on and off the tram all day long. Saves a lot on having to find parking spots as it’s all metered parking downtown. This is a great town for walking around and seeing all the neat parks surrounded by all those wonderful old historic homes.
|Savannah's historic district|
|a peak inside the Williams house|
|view from one of the square parks throughout Savannah|
|one of many square parks throughout Savannah|
On another day, I drove first to a Flea-Market where there was a mix of old weathered homes probably from the pioneering era. Some old rusted out farming equipment and antique farming machinery along with covered and mostly enclosed flea-market stalls. Unfortunately, about half of the stalls were without power and made the enclosed spaces almost pitch black. Obviously not suitable for finding that perfect used item or bargain of the century. I did enjoy one of the buildings that had lots of antiques and vintage stuff, but nothing I couldn’t live without.
|lots of antiques in this bldg|
|great idea, made from clay pots!|
Then it was onto Tybee Island which is off the coast of Savannah Georgia. The road leading onto the island actually crosses over multiple islands and back bays filled with sea grasses and channels leading to the ocean. That is if the tide is high, otherwise one would have to have a very shallow boat to navigate those channels. Tybee Island is a great seaside resort community which still has that older beachside vibe. Not a lot of high-rise towers here. Hint for travelers, park over by the lighthouse, but not on the center shelled parking area (reserved for lighthouse tours only) and you can park in the area for free. Then after touring the lighthouse, go across the street to see the fort/battery complex and walk through the break in the wall to the beach. Weekends they have a great little seafood beach diner with live blues/jazz musicians. At least the weekend I was there. And no, I did not climb to the top of the lighthouse. Not sure how many steps it is, but it looked really, really tall to me.
|Tybee Island Lighthouse|
I’ll do a couple more tours in downtown Savannah next week before heading out on Thursday. If I see anything worth reporting on, I’ll put it in next weeks report.
Next stop: An Army Corp campground outside of Augusta Georgia on the South Carolina side.
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