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Friday, June 10, 2022

Mini Vacay to Tybee Island

A couple weeks ago, we packed up and headed north to Georgia.  We planned a nice little getaway to Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah. One of Josh's best friends and his family live about 20 minutes from the island so it was perfect to get some family time and spend some time with friends.  

Tybee is absolutely beautiful.  A quaint little beach town, pretty isolated from the mainland, it has had a huge roll in American history since the country was first "discovered" in the 1400 and 1500s though the Revolutionary war, Civil War and everything in between. It is also a pretty popular party town, especially with Savannah locals but I really didn't see much of that myself, being in at 7pm everyday!

First stop, Dunkin and a Florida Citrus Center.

                                                Fun new train stuff to play with on the trip.

We rented the cutest airbnb, it was even better in person than on the listing.  and perfect location, like 3 blocks from the beach and downtown.  Finn liked it too.

After checking out our Airbnb we headed back into Savannah to Zach and Catherine's for dinner and a visit.  The boys wasted no time becoming friends. Adam is 4 and was so great putting up with Finn's 2 yr old shenanigans. They even rode in a jeep and went fishing.

We had a lovely dinner and Finn and I went back to Tybee for bedtime and Josh stayed out and had a little more fun.

Finn and I were up bright and early for some shelling and quiet beach time.  I went in to our trip with one goal. To find a Knobbed Whelk shell.  It is one (of many I'm sure) Florida shells that I did not have.  They are an Atlantic shell and I have never had any luck shelling on that side of the country.  Anyway, Finn and I were playing on the beach, keeping our distance from the massive waves that day, and watching the surfers, when I looked over and saw a wave bring in a 4-5 inch Knobbed Whelk and deposit it 5 feet from us.  I actually thought I was hallucinating!


                                                  Finn's first Low Country boil, he loved it!

Our rental cottage

                                                                  Party Time!


The crew came out and we went for ice cream and drinks at the Pier, followed by a quick dip in the ocean, then dinner.  


Tybee also has a lot of plant and animal life, including nesting sea turtles and birds.  The recently opened a beautiful science center  right on the beach with lots of creatures and things to learn.

                                                Saying goodbye to our new friend, Ike.

After the Science Center, we hit the family beach area.  The kids loved it and of course Finn was in heaven.


It was our last night, and we wrapped up our weekend at The Crab Shack, a huge Tybee "Must-see" The have live gators to feed, an aviary, waterfront dining, an arcade and lots of other fun stuff.  We got another Low Country Boil, oysters, crawfish and some yummy drinks.


                                                                  oops, outake.

We were up bright and early to head home the next morning but we made a stop at the Tybee Island Lighthouse.

We also stopped for a walk down River St. in Savannah.  Josh and I have been here several times before, and we love it, but man it was SO hot.  It always amazes me that Savannah is the hottest place I've ever been.

We stopped at the Savannah Candy Company for some treats and Black Rifle Coffee for a cold drink. Of course we had to watch the cargo ships go down the river, and go to the Waving Girl statue.

                                                     I just love this city, It's so gorgeous.

On our way home, there was miles nad miles of purple wildflowers through the Florida ditches.  We had a great trip and will be back soon!