Well, we just completed our first season at Rock Eagle, we're sad to be done, but looking forward to working with the same great people again next year. And now, for the first time in a decade, we have a long time before our job starts up again in February, so we want to catch up with family and friends back in Washington. So the road trip starts tomorrow. Actually, tomorrow we go to winterize our house in Kentucky and see the neighbors and maybe visit the old office, but it's a 10 hour drive there, and another 50 hours or so to the west coast. So the trip begins. And we do expect to see a few folks along the way, as we seem to now have friends scattered across the country. Wish us luck!
And one more quick story of our recent trip to Tybee Island and Savannah. We had to take advantage of our free lodging at the 4-H center on Tybee, and we're so glad we went! Tybee is beautiful, with spectacular beaches, and just a half hour from Savannah. Savannah was covered in spanish moss and gnarly live oaks and dripping in history. Here's a picture from the cemetary:
We stopped by Fort Pulaski National Monument on the way out from Tybee. It was similar construction and time period to Fort Jefferson that we saw on Dry Tortugas during our trip to the Florida Keys last year. They had some cannons set up in the fort:
And you can still see cannon holes in the wall where the Union army's firepower forced the Confederates to surrender the fort. It was an important victory in the Civil War, and also an important change in tactic, demonstrating how rifled cannons would make the brick forts obsolete.