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Since the Boys savored Savannah a bit too much the night before, they needed to drag themselves out of bed in order to enjoy an early morning walk through the many Squares of Savannah !
Ogling Oglethorpe's Handiwork
Again the vision Oglethorpe had for Savannah was a planned city with many squares for markets and social events. These days the squares are surrounded by incredible Victorian houses and chi-chi, gentrified coffee shops. Which was just fine for Mike and Bone !!
General Oglethorpe and Poseur
Each Square was a "benefactor" and theme based primarily on Founders or Revolutionary War Generals.
Mike, jamming on 'joe and the "juju" !
With all the driving the past four days the Boys needed and wanted this walk, they strolled through all the major squares in Old Town, while dickering about family and politics.
Sunlight shining on the Spanish Moss
As they strolled they observed that each of the Squares had a "benefactor" and theme based primarily on Savannah Founders or Revolutionary War Generals. As Mike and Bone wandered around the sun rose and turned the morning mist into another steamy day, causing the Spanish moss on the trees to "stand out".
The Scene of the Crime !!
The Mercer Mansion
They eventually crossed one of the most famous and infamous spots in Savannah, the scene of the crime, the place where Jim Williams murdered Danny Hansford, The Mercer Mansion !!
Interestingly, as the Boys stood in front of the house, a very refined older women came out in a bathrobe to pick up her newspaper. Despite their grungy appearance the woman politely answered a few questions and conformed that she was in fact the current of the home!
Sherman didn't March Here !!!
The beautiful pictured above served as General William Tecumseh Sherman's Headquarter as he ended his infamous march to the sea from Atlanta. During his march he intended to ravage the countryside destroying the Confederates ability to make war. However when he arrived in Savannah, the area was so beautiful and the citizens so nice. with promises to acquiesce that he did not burn the city to the ground. Once more the powerful partying ju-ju of Savannah made a stern man gentle !!!
General Pulaski, Revolutionary War Hero
Bone and Bones (the mortal remains of General Pulaski) in Pulaski Square
The Scene of the Previous Evenings Late Nite Pizza Raid !!
By 9:00 AM the Boys wanted to start south. There goal for the day was to see St. Augustine and then be strategically placed so that they could be in Key West tomorrow afternoon, with that they bid a fond adieu to sunny Savannah!
The 12th State !!!
After an hour on the road the Boys passed into the last state of their Journey, the Peninsula State of Florida !!!
One old, old City, St Augustine!
Just how old is
St. Augustine ?
Heated Historical Interpreter !!!
A young fellow in an EXTREMELY hot looking Spanish wool outfit, regaled Mike and Bone with the history of the Castillo de San Marcos !
The National Park "Conquistador" relayed that the Castillo de
The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a
stone called "coquina", literally "little shells", made of ancient shells that
have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were
brought in from
Hot day in the Plaza
In 1670, Charles Town (modern-day
Upon their arrival at
After the siege of 1702, the Castillo underwent a period of reconstruction. Beginning in 1738, under the supervision of Spanish engineer Pedro Ruiz de Olano, the interior of the fort was redesigned and rebuilt. Interior rooms were made deeper, and vaulted ceilings replaced the original wooden ones. The vaulted ceilings allowed for better protection from bombardments and allowed for cannon to be placed along the gun deck, not just at the corner bastions. The new ceilings required the height of the exterior wall to be increased from 26 to 33 feet
Flags of our Fathers !
Mike and Bone Protecting St. Augustine !!
Bone, on Guard Duty !!
Castillo de San Marcos Protecting our Shores !
Mike and Bone thoroughly enjoyed the visit, but it was too darned hot !! With the sun beating down on them mercilessly, they withered back to the car and headed up a mile to where they hoped some soothing waters would revive their brittle old bones,,,, the elusive Fountain of Youth !
The Fountain of Youth
Youth, your joking right !?!
When Don Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in
Historians do not unanimously honor at full value the beautifully
romantic story that
" Hey don't get cross with me, X Marks the Spot !!!"
Ponce de Leon?
The Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park in
He planted his claim through the cross left behind portrayed above.
Well ?,, Ohh, Well !!!
The Spring House is where the stone cross was found .
This is where the Tour Guide provided Mike and Bone water from the "Fountain of
Youth", which ensures that they will remain emotionally immature !!
The Spring House is where the stone cross was found
. This is where the Tour Guide provided Mike and Bone water from the "Fountain of Youth", which ensures that they will remain emotionally immature !!
After wandering around a bit more the Boys wanted to continue to head south
not only to get closer to Miami, but also get into the air conditioning !!!
After wandering around a bit more the Boys wanted to continue to head south not only to get closer to Miami, but also get into the air conditioning !!!
Heading South, looking for fevered dykes !!!
Though the sign was intriguing the Boys were on a mission.... Apparently the water from the Fountain of Youth had some effect, so to reclaim a bit of their misspent youth, Mike and Bone wanted to go to Daytona Beach !!!!
Looking for Beaches in Daytona
Daytona is still the place that you can pull right onto and drive down on the beach, so Mike and Bone boogied on down by the board walk, but since it was late in the day in the middle of the week in October, the college sweeties (that the Boys envisioned ogling at) were nowhere to be seen, unfortunately, However the Boardwalk was open and offered Mike and Bone the opportunity to replenish their rapidly depleting Tequila quotient in their bloodstreams !
Margieing the Boardwalk !!!
Walking up to the aging boardwalk the Boys saw that the Restaurant had a full bar and a comely barkeep with a studded tongue to boot ! Mixing Mike and Bone a coupla of margies the young lady regaled the Boys with her sad tale of her and her boyfriend's eviction out of their house during the two rounds of the frozen concoction that helps you hang on. Growing bored with her banter, the booze emboldened the Boys to order a round for the road and they set off for Greater Miami !
Mike and Bone Outbacking Tonight
A very pedestrian end Mike and Bone's goal was to make it to the outskirts of Miami, so after driving for about an hour in the dark the Boys stooped around 8:30 15 miles North of Miami in a very ordinary Clarion Hotel with a strong hankerin' for an Outback Streak. Grabbing some beef and beers was the right mooove for the tired traveller's who retired early around 11:00 PM, but ready for the final assault on US-1 !!