Winter WOB Tour (days 17-23)
Thursday Jan. 21
Thursday marked the start of our long weekend…we had to drive from Awendaw, SC to Gainesville, FL, which was about a 5 hour drive. We parked at Paynes Prairie State Park…which apparently is full of alligators.
Curtiss played a show that night at The Gainesville World of Beer.
We were surprised by a high school classmate of his who lives down here! Again, it’s so fun seeing people from “home” along all of our travels.
Given the long day, we both collapsed after the show once we made it back to our “home” by midnight.
Friday Jan 22
Now that we were in Florida and the weather was much warmer we decided no more excuses, and geared ourselves up for a run. By the time we started it had begun monsooning outside. We didn’t let it stop us, mainly because the dogs needed to be run so they’d sleep in the truck…but by the time we were done we were soaked to our core. The water was running so heavily down my face I couldn’t see well with all the water dripping in my eyes.
However, it worked, and the dogs slept the entire way to Savannah, GA, where we’d spend the next two nights.
We parked at Red Gate RV Park, which was just outside the city, but the closest park to downtown. We were anxious to explore the city, so loved the close proximity.
We didn’t make it downtown until right before the show. We were shocked at the difficulty to find parking. Eventually we had to pay $20 to park, which hurt. On top of that, once we arrived we realized we forgot the dogs leashes, and it was about to be a 4-hour show. I found a pet shop just two blocks away and bought two of the cheapest leashes. But that was another $20. The show hadn’t started and we were starting out $40 in the hole. Ugh!
Once inside the World of Beer a server was talking with us about the area, where we were staying, etc. Curtiss asked about safety and she asked where we parked. She said since we weren’t underground and it was in a well-lit lot we were probably fine. She cautioned me not to walk the dogs, especially alone, and after the show for us to not linger, but to head straight to the truck. Talk about making two people feel unsafe!
It was a good show and a happening spot.
Savannah has a rule where you can take your beer “to go” as long as you put it in a plastic cup and leave your bottle behind. We wondered because it’s a bit of a party central downtown, if that contributes to the high crime.
Needless to say though, we made it safely to our truck and home, but decided Savannah wasn’t a place for us if we had to be that careful being out at night.
Saturday Jan 23
We woke up to snow and rain this morning. It delayed our plans to see the city, so instead tried to knock out some errands. Doug needed a bath, so I called a groomer and found one with a cheap rate. I started laundry, drove him into town, dropped him off and hit up a grocery store.
It was the first time since traveling we had left one of the dogs behind, not at a family members house. I realized I might have an unhealthy attachment to our boys when I couldn’t stop imagining all terrible things that might happen to him…at the groomers. Doug is just such a cool dog, and a wandering soul, I have this lingering fear someone will steal him. I realized that morning that maybe I need to keep things in perspective a bit better (haha).
Of course, Doug was fine, and we picked him up a few hours later. He was so soft! And less hairy. We decided a visit to the groomers more frequently was a must.
We explored Savannah’s downtown. Historic River Street was very cool!
The buildings were SO old. Some of the windows even had bullet holes in them still!
Just like Charleston, the old trees in the parks were gorgeous!
Saturday nights show was in Pooler, just outside of Savannah. This appeared to be a newly developed suburb, and much safer than downtown Savannah. Due to our continual lack of working internet, I took advantage of the Starbucks close by (they always have reliable internet), and did some work while Curtiss played his show.
I caught the second half of the show, which was great, because a friend, Josh, we met in Johnson City, TN back in September had surprised us! It was great catching up with him, and honestly, great to talk with someone other than Curtiss. (Don’t worry, we are on the same page with recognizing how nice it is to have good conversation with someone other than each other or the dogs).
Curtiss was also surprised by two friends of his parents. These are friends from back when his Dad had an alias…so back in the day friends as in before Curtiss was even thought of! It was great meeting them.
The Pooler World of Beer show was probably one of the best WOB shows yet. The crowd was rowdy, ready to party and throwing out absurd requests from Taylor Swift to circa-early 2000 pop songs. It was a blast!
Sunday Jan 24-Wednesday Jan 27
It was a late night after the Pooler WOB show. We didn’t make it to bed until about 3am, so enjoyed sleeping in late. We met our friend, Josh, at The Waffle House for breakfast and then headed to his campsite to see his rig. It’s always fun for Curtiss and I to see the inside of other RVs or pull behinds. We are always parked next to them and wonder if they really are as magnificent on the inside as they are on the outside, but rarely get the opportunity to peak inside. Just for record…most of them are pretty amazing on the inside.
We had hopes to make it to Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah, but didn’t end up making it. It’s on our to-do list for next time! Instead we headed to Kathryn Abby Hanna Park, just outside Jacksonville Beach, FL.
I picked this campground specifically for it’s close proximity to the ocean. It was their off season and not very busy, which was great! They also didn’t have many rules about dogs, and given no one was on the beach, we were able to enjoy several off-leash walks where the dogs ran and ran and ran. We all were in heaven. Here are a few of us in ocean life heaven:
It was a busy weekend! Curtiss played shows Wednesday-Saturday. We started in Charleston, SC and made our way south to Gainesville, FL and then born again to Savannah, GA. We met some awesome people along the way, including reuniting with a friend we made in Johnson City, TN his past September. Both cities were beautiful and rich with history, although the crime rates and warnings we were given while in Savannah were a bit scary! It was a short drive today to Jax Beach, FL. We caught the sunset, the dogs tore it up and we just finished the night with a pork chop dinner. Life is good! #thegoodlife #officiallysnowbirds #sunsetselfie #lovethislife #saltwater #lifeisgoodatthebeach #paygasnotrent #cousincurtissontour
The park itself wasn’t the cleanest and the bathrooms were 90 degrees all the time. Normally I’m not one to complain about the heat, but 90 degrees in a bathroom just incubates the smells…I’ll leave it at that.
We stayed in the park until Wednesday morning. It was incredible being in the same spot for THREE nights. That in itself was a luxury to us.
From Jax Beach area we headed to Island Grove Winery, near Hawthorne, FL. We arrived with perfect timing and were able to catch a tour they were giving. Neither of us had seen the behind the scenes of making and bottling wine so had a blast. They also invited us to head down to their tasting room and was able to sample 11 different wines. It was fun trying to describe the wines and tasting the difference between each. We opted not to buy a bottle since neither of us are wine drinkers, but were thrilled to buy a jar or homemade honey from them! Their honeys, salad dressings, salsas and wine were all delicious!
It was a quiet, relaxing night. Here was our home for the night:
Stayed last night at Island Grove Winery through the Harvest Host program! We were lucky enough to arrive to catch a tour and then were able to do a wine sampling. They make some delicious blueberry and fruit wines! We had fun taking notes and choosing our favorites. We didn't buy wine, but we were excited to buy a jar of absolutely delicious honey they make. Such a great experience! #harvesthost #islandgrovewinery #islandgrove #supportlocal #winery #paygasnotrent #pgnr