cemeteries, Georgia, Savannah

Bonaventure Cemetery

I love to explore old cemeteries and imagine the stories behind the stones. Bonaventure is the Victorian (and later) cemetery that was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was still cleaning up from the damage of Hurricane Matthew from about a month before our visit and parts of it were blocked off, but the beauty was still there.

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Although I love the beauty of old cemeteries, I do not want to be buried in one. I want my ashes scattered in a mountain river or stream, to eventually make their way to the sea. That’s the final journey I think that I would like to take when the time comes.

Georgia, National Parks and Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges, Savannah

Savannah, Georgia

We went to Savannah, Georgia for the first time on Sandy’s birthday, and here are some photos. We found a good deal on a little AirBNB apartment that was not in an expensive neighborhood, but had a lot of charm. The weather was perfect, and we left just as it turned cold for the first time this fall. Savannah was still cleaning up from the damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Leaving our AirBNB in Savannah

Here’s the most photographed fountain in America, I believe I was told…

Forsyth Park fountain in Savannah

A ghostly Sandy

The male ghost of Oglethorpe Lodge

We spent some time at Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge. The nature drive was through a former rice plantation. I guess that alligators and Spanish moss just isn’t exotic to me – having grown up in the southern swamplands, it seems like home. This gator seems awfully bony. Maybe someone had been feeding it because it started swimming toward me once it noticed me.

Gator at Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge

One day we drove to Fort Pulaski National Monument The Union forces were using cannons with rifled barrels for the first time and were bombarding from so far away they didn’t even know that they were hitting it. So it was a surprise for both the Confederates and the Union when the North won that battle.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Me and the Dude. Wish I could have afforded one.

Me and the Dude

The place I liked best was Bonaventure Cemetery. I’ll do a separate post for it.