Hello Camp Courageous!
The Travel Group is on the move again! This time we are headed south to Savannah Georgia! We started the day bright and early at 6am! We picked up travelers from Camp, Marion, Coralville and Walcott. The drive went really well! For lunch we grabbed Subway to go and ate on the bus as we continued our drive. We watched a couple movies (Rush Hour, Sandlot and Oceans Eleven) and sang along to the radio along the way. We stopped to grab Arby’s for dinner and took it to go as well so we could continue making our way to Atlanta, GA where we are staying the night before continuing to Savannah in the morning. We arrived at the hotel around 9pm (CST). The campers are settled in resting away before we make our final drive to Savannah.
Good Evening Camp Courageous,
The travel group has made it to Savannah Georgia!! We left Atlanta around 8:30am and made our way to Savannah. It took about another 4 hours and we were in this hopping spring break city. It was such a beautiful drive down. We stopped for the bathroom and then we stopped for lunch at Chick-fi-la (a southern speciality ;)!
After lunch, we made our way to our first activity. The place we visited is called the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. It is a nonprofit organization that serves and protects animals and provides environmental information to the public. It was a pretty awesome Wildlife Center. When we arrived, we made our way to the gift shop, so we can buy our souvenirs and spend the rest of the time explore the grounds. Once we were done shopping we began our tour. The building we were in had some snacks and fish on display along with some history about the center. We then made our way around the grounds.
It was such a beautiful day that it felt so good to be outside. Even though it Oatland is a Center, the majority of it’s animals are outside in there natural habitat. By the looks of it, the center built around what was already present on the property. They had a tons of marshes. In the marshes were the typical species, from alligators, turtles, snakes, and birds. The other animals that weren’t in the marshes, included wolfs, bison, deer, foxes, cougars, eagles, hawks, and other species. It was a mile and half walk around the land and it was well worth it. The trails were pretty handicap accessible, except a couple of spots, but it was easy to get around. We just had to follow the trails.
After our meal, we made our way to our hotel. We checked in and made our way to the rooms. We got settled and all the travelers are resting away. I’m sure they will sleep pretty good tonight after waking up early both days. Tomorrow we have a packed day ahead of us. Stay tuned to more fun from Savannah!
Camp Courageous Travel
Good Evening Camp Courageous,
The Travel group had a blast in Savannah! We spent the entire day in downtown Savannah.
But we didn’t do a normal walk around the city. We had the opportunity to hop on a Old Town Trolley and learn about the history of the city. I have always heard that Savannah is a beautiful city, well, they were were definitely right about that. This city is so full of life and gorgeous scenery. At every turn was something amazing to see and take pictures of. We learned about many movies that were filmed in the city and of course we learned about the many haunted houses that are in historic district. Forest Gump famous part “Life is like a box of Chocolate…” was filmed here and the Garden of Good and Evil was also filmed in the city. As far as the haunted houses, did you know that the city is called “the city over the dead.” Well, it’s because most of the city was built on graveyards. How crazy is that?!?! Anyways, it was an excellent tour with tons to see. We also had the best tour guide, who loved to sing, dance, and loved hanging out with our group.
Before we knew it, it was time for lunch. So we made our way to lunch and then it was off to the First Girl Scouts Headquarters. We were a tad early, so we walked along a park and relaxed on the grass. Before to long, it was time for our tour. So we went straight to the gift shop, bought some girl scout cookies and then learned about the First Girl Scouts. Did you know that Girl Scouts started making cookies right away, over a 100 years ago. They use to make them for the soldiers and sent them over seas. The Girl Scouts also created the first S’more. Thank goodness for the Girl Scouts. They not only made food, but they learned how to fix, clean, and even take care of the families in the community they lived. At the end of the tour, we had the opportunity to watch an old fashion movie, that was in black and white and had no talking parts. We made it entertaining for the group and they enjoyed watching the movie. The movie was actually suppose to be a commercial, but a longer commercial then our current TV commercials.
Once we were done, we hopped back on the Old Town Trolley. Well, since we have 15 travelers, the company called in a special pick-up, so we could head right back to the Visitor Center. Once we arrived back to the center, we hopped on our bus and made our way to River Street. Here there are lots of shopping, restaurants and boat tours. We did some shopping and then made our way to the Riverboat dinner and cruise.
Have a great night,
Good Evening Camp Courageous,
When we got to the museum, a gentlemen by the name of Art was waiting for us and excited to show us around. He took part of the group to go tour the different houses, that housed the old light house family and they watched a 15minute video about the light house.
That’s right, the Crab Shack as a TON of alligators that were all in hibernation, but they were still bathing in the sun. Patrons could usually feed them, but since the alligators are in hibernation, they weren’t eating.
Before we knew it, we had our lunch in front of us and it was delicious!! The travelers had their favorite dish and were happy. I shared with travel volunteer Carolyn Rundle and we had this delicious platter of seafood! Crab legs, shrimp, potatoes, corn, clams, and crawfish (do you know how to eat crawfish?, well now I know how and it was delicious!).
After lunch, we made our way to our big adventure on a dolphin cruise. It was as great cruise and they were very accommodating. The captain was Mike and it is his dolphin cruise line, called Captain Mike’s dolphin cruises.
Captain Mike took us around the Atlantic, showing us different highlights and of course finding the dolphins. We saw about 5 dolphins and they swam pretty close to the boat. We didn’t get any good pictures, but we have them in our memories!!
The t-shirts were on sale and then the owner gave us an extra 10% off our souvenirs. What a great stop!! Oh, I almost forgot, before we went into the store, the travelers had a little fun taking pictures in front of a SHARK!! It was hilarious.
When we got done, it was time to head to the beach!! Unfortunately, it was pretty windy, so we couldn’t swim in the ocean, but we did get to put our feet in the water, play in the sand, and collect seashells.
We had such a great trip to Savannah. There is so much to see and do, but we couldn’t do it all! We will definitely be planning another trip to Savannah! We stop in Salem, IL tomorrow night and then finish up our drive Friday.
Hello Camp Courageous!!
After having breakfast at our hotel, we packed up the bus and started our drive back to Iowa. The drive went well! We ran into some traffic as we got close to Atlanta but after that it was smooth sailing! We grabbed some hot dogs/sandwiches, drinks and chips and had lunch on the bus while we watched a couple of movies. We stopped every couple of hours to stretch our legs. We stopped at Wendy’s for dinner then drove the last hour to our stop for the night, Salem, IL. We are now settling into our hotel.
Tomorrow we will continue our drive to Iowa. We will be dropping of the travelers in Walcott, Coravlille, Marion and Camp.