Our summer campground doesn’t open for 3 weeks and we debated about winterizing the coach and putting it in storage on site, but decided to leave it in Florida at the campground. In retrospect I think that was a good decision – it would not have been much fun driving it through a blizzard and hopefully, we can sneak down in the next few weeks to spend a little more time in Florida or at least to enjoy the trip north at a leisurely pace.
The few week hiatus will give me a chance to fill in our story along with finishing our “things you need now” section. It will also give me a chance to show you around our beautiful city here in Pittsburgh – the insider’s view.
Barb and I like to take our time driving – especially heading north to the snow and cold. We planned on stopping in or near Savannah, GA on the way back. We’ve been to Savannah many times. It’s a fascinating city – one of most interesting cities in the US.
But, we thought we would try a different stop near Savannah and picked Darien, GA. – just 30 miles south of Savannah. I would like to say that we had planned the stopped based on the historical significance of the town but in reality it picked us.
We’re driving, getting tired and cranky and we look at each other, nodding that’s it’s time. Barb begins to search for pet friendly hotels, calling and checking for availability. That’s how we found ourselves at The Quality Inn at the intersection of I95, Darien, GA exit.
Most exits off of the interstate look the same – a bleak wasteland of chain hotels, fast food restaurants and gas stations.
We have a little routine. Barb searches the area for an interesting restaurant that locals frequent while I walk Lola and try to discover a little about the history of our stop.
At one time, Darian GA was the 2nd largest settlement in Georgia, founded in 1736. It’s lost a little of it’s former glory but it’s still an important river port for shrimp and sturgeon fishing. You can order sturgeon caviar from Walter’s Caviar for a mere $165 for a 4.5 oz tin. I don’t think you’ll see that a the campground pot luck.
We would have loved to take some more pictures of the surrounding area, but it was pouring when we arrived and through the next day. We stopped at Darien Square which was the business and cultural center of the city. The Methodist Church was build in 1843. Merchants and timber barons lived in homes around Vernon square when Darien was one of the world’s leading exports of pine timber at the end of the 19th center.
Take some time on your next driving or motorhome trip to stop and learn about the history of the area. I think you’ll find that every stop holds an interesting story.