Lowlands-Hilton Head

"Momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Forest Gump

The park bench that Forest sits on for much of the movie was located in historic Savannah, GA, at Chippewa Square. The original bench was shipped back to Hollywood. I sat at the same location and pondered a box of chocolates/ life. What a great movie! What a great city!

Ger and I just returned from 8 fabulous days in the "lowlands." Pat Conroy is one of our favorite authors. (Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, Beach Music) His novels, set in this region, instilled a strong desire to someday feel the texture of the South Carolina Coast.

Despite Hurricane Wilma, the time was now.

Highlights of this trip include:

-Touring Savannah's storied historical district, enjoying the restored colonial homes and the city's original 24 green-leafed 1-acre squares.

-Staying at decadent 5 Star resorts (thanks to Clint)

-Visiting Fort Pulaski National Monument on marshy Cockspur Island . It was built with 25 million bricks. Union forces defeated the fort's Confederate defenders during the Civil War.

-Mouth watering low country cuisine-Shrimp & grits to kill for!

-Hanging out at well manicured Hilton Head Island resort area

-Exploring colonial Charleston, enjoying it's European charm, historic architecture and friendly residents

-Touring the storied Citadel in Charleston (Lords of Discipline) Scoring a Citadel climbing shirt and doormat for the front door at the gift shop.(El Lobo loves souvenirs!)

-Taking a boat to Fort Sumter National Monument where the first shots of the civil war were fired in 1861

-Strolling on Myrtle Beach

-Touring the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Pinckney was a principal framer of the U.S. Constitution.

-Wildlife sightings-particularly the gators and a beautiful red fox romping and jumping gracefully in a meadow in the woods.

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