December 28, 2011

On the Road Again

After a delightful respite of almost two weeks between Charleston and Savannah, Tim and I are back on the road again.  Thank you, Herbert, for your wonderful hospitality.  Our visit with you was fabulous, and it was a perfect way to end the first three months of our trip.  But, Kitty was ready to go home again, so we are heading south.  Isn’t it interesting that Kitty really does consider the RV her home.  She will tolerate a visit to a friend’s house or to a hotel, but she seems more content in her Kat Karrier.

Before we left Savannah, we visited Fort Pulaski National Monument.  Fort Pulaski was built during the second quarter of the nineteenth century to guard the river approach to Savannah.  The fort was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, the Polish hero of the American Revolution who died during the siege of Savannah in 1779.  

Inside Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski is best known for its role in the Civil War, when the Union army successfully bombarded the fort, forcing Confederate forces to surrender after just thirty hours.  It had been thought that the fort’s solid brick walls backed by masonry piers were invincible and could withstand any assault.  However, new technology in the form of experimental, rifled cannons proved the fallacy of that judgment.  The new cannons succeeded in opening wide gaps in the walls of the fort.  No one ever built a brick fort after this battle.

The Demilune Is a Huge Triangular Piece of Land to Protect the Rear of the Fort

A Moat Surrounds the Fort

The Southwest Bastion

Fort Pulaski Is Characterized by its Brick Arches

Brick Walls Are 7-1/2 Feet Thick

Robert E. Lee's First Assignment After Graduation from West Point
Was to Build Fort Pulaski, Including its Series of Dikes to Drain the Marsh
We said a fond farewell to Savannah and made our way to Jekyll Island State Park.  Jekyll Island is a barrier island off the coast of Georgia near Brunswick.  It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia and boasts a remarkable historic district from the Gilded Age.  We’ll explore Jekyll tomorrow.

Christmas Is Alive and Well at Jekyll Island


  1. Good to see you back on the blog! LV

  2. LV, Thanks. We had a wonderful break, but it's time to get moving again. Sarah

  3. How many miles have you put on the van in the last three months? NF

  4. NF, We probably have not driven as many miles as you might think. I drove 3,528 miles from Colorado to Maine in three weeks. From the time I picked Tim up in Maine, we have driven 7,202 miles in three months. So, the grand total of miles driven is 10,730 miles. Sarah