The number one question we’ve been asked lately is, “How’s Savannah?” This is, of course, a valid question. It’s been six months since we packed up our lives in Seattle and moved across the country (after having packed up our lives to roam around the country in an RV). We really couldn’t have gone much further geographically or culturally and stayed within the continental United States so it’s only natural that inquiring minds want to know: How’s Savannah?
Well, Savannah is…a lot of things. Too many things, in fact, to talk about in one blog post. But we’ll get started here with a quick overview of what we’ve seen so far of Savannah and the surrounding area.
Savannah is a great place for runners. Forsyth Park and Daffin Park are two of our favorite places to run. They’re both about 2 miles from our house. Heading to either park, running a loop or two and then running home makes for a great run. There are several running clubs in the area and plenty of road races. Kevin ran a half-marathon in the spring and we have a few more races on the calendar for this fall.
Savannah is a great place for cyclists. Well, kind of. Or, it will be. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign is doing a lot to make Savannah more bike friendly. Suzanne is part of a women’s cycling group called the SpokeModels and she has participated in a few local races since we’ve moved here. The local army base, Hunter Army Airfield, is right down the street from our house and they are really nice about letting cyclists on base to ride their perimeter road, which makes for a great 10+ mile training loop.
Savannah is on the water. One of our requirements when deciding where to move was that our new city must be on or near the water. Besides being on the Savannah River, Savannah is also just 10-15 minutes from the Atlantic ocean and there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, boating, swimming and more (And the water is warm! Coming from the west coast it’s strange to be swimming in 80+ degree water in the ocean).
Savannah is close to Hilton Head, which is important because our beaches on Tybee Island are not dog-friendly, but Hilton Head’s beaches are (before 10:00am and after 5:00pm during the summer). Our regular Saturday morning routine is to get up early, drive to Hilton Head, walk the dogs on the beach, go for a swim, eat breakfast at the Island Bagel Company and then grab a coffee at Starbucks and head home.
Savannah isn’t too far from hiking and camping opportunities. It’s not the Pacific Northwest or the Tahoe Rim Trail but we’ve had some fun backpacking adventures since moving here. We’ve seen a few waterfalls, had some great day hikes and slept under the stars more than once.
Savannah has a lot of history. Don’t worry, we’re not going to try to cover it all in one blog post. Just trust us, there’s a lot. Here are a few photos from Fort Pulaski. And did you know that the Girl Scouts originated in Savannah? Neither did we until we moved here. Suzanne loves the Atlanta->Savannah flights that are full of Girl Scouts making their pilgrimmage to see the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts. Pre-teen girls don’t tend to have a lot of airline status so Suzanne’s usually at the top of the upgrade list on those flights.
That’s today’s update on how Savannah is. Next time we’ll talk a bit about why we moved here in the first place (and maybe about some of the delicious restaurants we’ve discovered!) For today, we’ll leave you with these pictures of our four-legged kids. Oh wait, some of you don’t know that we have a new family member. Yes, Noah is our newest addition! We’ll talk about Noah and how are paths crossed with his in a future post. Penny pretends that she doesn’t like Noah, but really she does. And Gonzo, of course, loves everyone, especially his bird. See y’all on down the road!