Hope, NC and Savannah, GA – October 25 – November 2, 2022

Well, it’s been awhile since we uploaded a new post. Things have been busy, so we’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s get started.

We left Lyndhurst, VA on Tuesday, October 25th and drove to Hope, NC for a one-night stay at Dirt Bag Ale Brewery, a Harvest Host location. As we pulled into the parking lot the owner came out and directed us to where we could set up for the night in his auxiliary dirt parking lot. It was a nice distance away from the business, so I appreciated not being close to all the hubbub. It was also pretty level; we only needed one leveling block on one side to make sure we could safely open up the slide with the refrigerator. We left the living room slide in since we were only there for one night.

We got everything set up and walked over to the outdoor restaurant area and enjoyed a couple of chicken wraps for dinner. Then we went back to Nomad, got Bella, and took her for a walk around the property to give her a chance to stretch her legs. They even had a fenced in dog park area, but someone had a pretty big, black, Doberman Pincher in there and he was constantly charging the fence trying to get to Bella on the outside, so we skipped letting her run free in favor of her staying alive.

The next morning it was back on the road, this time to Fort McAllister State Park about 15 miles outside of Savannah, GA. We had both visited Savannah for a few days several years back and really enjoyed it, so we were looking forward to seeing it again.

Fort McAllister State Park is located close to I-95 south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River. It is comprised of 1,725 acres and showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked 7 times by Union Ironclad ships and did not fall until 1864. Visitors can explore the grounds and see cannons, a hot-shot furnace, bombproof barracks as well as a museum and gift shop. There are also 7 rental cottages, 67 tent, trailer and RV campsites, 2 backcountry campsites that you hike a mile and a half to get to, boat ramps, docks, and hiking trails. You cross Redbird Creek, a marshy body of water that borders one side of Savage Island where the RV campground is, to get to the camping area, and then to the other side which is where the Ogeechee River flows past beyond another low, marshy expanse.

We hiked the trails almost every day with Bella. We did get to see armadillos, raccoons, birds and water fowl, lots of deer on our walks AND around the campsite, and other critters we usually see like squirrels. We also saw a lot of military aircraft flying overhead because there is a National Guard Base not too far away.

We took a day and drove into Savannah to walk around and have lunch. It is such a beautiful place. The place we had lunch at had an alligator motif in heavy display, but the food was good. One of the main streets had a lot of construction going on, so we didn’t stop into every place that we might have due to streets and sidewalks being blocked.

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