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Savannah Day 4
April 2017
Day 4 was another day away from the Savannah Historic District. We headed over to Tybee Island and burned off some of the shrimp and grits and pralines we'd been eating by climbing the Tybee Island Lighthouse. While we were up there, we got to watch a Coast Guard helicopter land below us which was cool. We also went into Fort Screven which is across from the lighthouse. We then drove over to Fort Pulaski National Historic Site. Once we got back into town, we headed over to The Pirates' House for dinner. Besides a good meal (yes, more shrimp & grits!), we also took a tour of the 264 year old restaurant. Of course, we then went to sit along the waterfront to watch the ships go by and battle the ever-present sand gnats.

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DAY 3 | SAVANNAH INDEX | DAY 5
04-001 Turtle Sign 04-002 Tybee Island Light 04-004 Tybee Island Light
Tybee Island, where road signs are sea turtles
The Tybee Island Lighthouse
The Tybee Island Lighthouse
04-005 Bell 04-006 Window 04-008 View from Tybee Island Light
Bell at Tybee Island Lighthouse
Looking out a window on our way to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
The view from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
04-011 View from Tybee Island Light 04-012 Tybee Island Light Station Grounds 04-014 Bell
The view from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
Looking down on the grounds of the Tybee Island Light Station
Placards with historical information surround the old bell at Tybee Island Light Station
04-016 Maersk Stralsund Container Ship 04-017 Maersk Stralsund Container Ship 04-018 Fort Screven
Container ships heading into Savannah pass just off the beach. This is the Maersk Stralsund.
Container ships heading into Savannah pass just off the beach. This is the Maersk Stralsund.
Fort Screven as seen from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
04-019 Fort Screven 04-020 Helipad and Police Cars 04-021 Fort Screven
Fort Screven as seen from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
Police activity at the helipad below the Tybee Island Lighthouse means something is coming in for a landing.
Fort Screven as seen from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse
04-023 Colombo Express Container Ship 04-024 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 04-026 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter
Container ships heading into Savannah pass just off the beach. This is the Colombo Express.
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches the Tybee Island Light Station
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches the Tybee Island Light Station
04-027 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 04-029 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Landing 04-030 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Landing
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches the Tybee Island Light Station
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands at the Tybee Island Light Station
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands at the Tybee Island Light Station
04-031 Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer 04-032 Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer & Police Officers 04-033 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter
A Coast Guard rescue swmmer walks from the chopper that just landed
Coast Guard rescue swimmer gets a police officer suited up to board the chopper.
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter takes off from the Tybee Island Light Station
04-036 Water Tower & Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 04-037 Lighthouse Light and Lens 04-038 Spiral Stairs
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter heads out to sea
A 1000 watt bulb inside the first order fresnel lense atop the Tybee Island Lighthouse
We climbed several hundred of these spiral stairs to the top of the lighthouse.
04-039 Oil Tank 04-040 Potbelly Stove 04-042 Head Keeper's Cottage
This oil tank is a throwback to the days before the Tybee Island Lighthouse was electrified.
A potbelly stove right next to the oil tank seems like a bad idea to me.
The Head Keeper's cottage at Tybee Island Light Station
04-043 Stove 04-044 Kitchen Furniture 04-046 Sink
The lighthouse keeper had quite a nice stove at their disposal.
No built-in kitchen counters and cabinets here
Believe it or not, my grandfather still had this exact same sink up until a few years ago!
04-047 Lighthouse Service Library 04-048 Antique Radio 04-050 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter
US Lighthouse Service Library
Hard to believe that radios used to be furniture
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter idles on the helipad at Tybee Island Light Station
04-051 Day Marks Sign 04-055 Fort Screven Battery Garland 04-057 Military Memorabilia
The lighthouse has had varying day marks over the last 150 years.
Battery Garland at Fort Screven
Fort Screven houses a military museum
04-058 Diving Suit 04-062 Tybee Island Light 04-066 Tybee Island Amusement Park Display
Diving in these old suits had to be a little scary.
Looking across the street at the Tybee Island Lighthouse from atop the battery at Fort Screven
Tybee Island used to be home to an amusement park
04-068 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter & Tybee Island Light 04-069 Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 04-070 View from AJ's
Another Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches Tybee Island Lighthouse
Another Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches Tybee Island Lighthouse
Sitting out on the dock having lunch at AJ's Dockside restaurant
04-071 Blackbird 04-072 Mom in Big Adirondack Chair 04-073 Michael in Big Adirondack Chair
This little guy was hanging around on the railing hoping we'd let him have some food at AJ's Dockside
My mother trying out the adirondack chairs in front of AJ's Dockside
I look like I shrunk in this huge adirondack chair at AJ's Dockside.
04-075 Cockspur Island Lighthouse 04-077 Emma-D Tugboat 04-083 Fort Pulaski & Moat
Cockspur Island Lighthouse is not exactly accessible for tours.
The tugboat Emma-D passes behind a frame of palm trees.
Fort Pulaski is surrounded by a moat
04-084 Door 04-085 Concrete with Oyster Shells 04-087 Fort Entrance
One of the tunnels leading into Fort Pulaski
Concrete is supplimented with oyster shells at Fort Pulaski
Heading across the drawbridge into Fort Pulaski
04-088 Fort Entrance 04-089 Fort Interior 04-090 Barrels & Carts
Passing through the inner doors into Fort Pulaski
Inside the walls of Fort Pulaski
Inside Fort Pulaski
04-091 Army Bread Cases 04-092 Cannon 04-093 Cannon
The Army got its bread from Brooklyn
One of many cannons at the fort
This cannon can be swivelled for aiming
04-094 Fort Interior 04-096 Fort Interior 04-099 Cannon
Inside the walls of Fort Pulaski
In the corridors of Fort Pulaski
This cannon was built in Springfield, MA
04-100 Cannon 04-102 Cannon Strap 04-104 Cannon
This cannon was built in Springfield, MA
Who knew cannons wear belts
Cannon on display in the interior of Fort Pulaski
04-106 Barrels 04-110 View from Outer Wall 04-111 Cannon
Powder kegs
Looking out from the top of the fort at the sluiceway that brings water into the moat
There are cannons of every variety here
04-113 View from Top of Wall 04-114 Spiral Stairs 04-116 Cannon & Stairs
Looking down on the interior of Fort Pulaski
Imagine having to run up and down these stairs as the fort was engaged in battle!
Atop the wall at Fort Pulaski
04-120 Stream 04-121 Deer 04-123 Marriott Olympic Torch
Looking up the sluiceway that brings water into the moat
We spotted some deer hanging out outside the fort
The Savannah Marriott was built to be part of the Olympic Village for the 1996 Summer Olympics, thus the torch-like structure on top.
04-124 Pirates' House Sign 04-126 Chatham Artillery Punch 04-128 Orange Marmalade on Biscuits
The Pirates' House opened in 1753
Chatham Artillery Punch is the house specialty at The Pirates' House
The orange marmalade on fresh biscuits was delicious.
04-129 Pirates' House Shrimp & Grits 04-131 Pirates' House Interior & Tour Guide 04-132 Crooked Window
Trying another take on shrimp and grits.
After dinner we took a tour of The Pirates' House
The windows are less than straight here
04-133 Tunnel 04-134 Stairs to Tunnel 04-136 Savannah River & Talmadge Memorial Bridge at Sunset
The Pirates' House has tunnels below it that lead out to the river. Sadly, obnoxious tourists throw trash into them.
The Pirates' House has tunnels below it that lead out to the river.
The sun sets over the Savanah River and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge
DAY 3 | SAVANNAH INDEX | DAY 5

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