2012 First Friends Overnight Trip to Savannah

Fabulous time in Savannah, Jekyll Island, St. Simon’s Island and Beaufort

First Friends’ 5-day trip to Savannah, Jekyll Island and St. Simon’s Island, and Beaufort, South Carolina, was a delight to the forty-six fellow travelers.  On Memorial Day we boarded our Grey Line motorcoach and travelled the entire journey, taking rest stops along the way and enjoying two meals.  On arriving at our hotel we found our accommodations pleasant and comfortable, and the next morning were greeted with a hearty breakfast served in the food area.  Our first tour was to the Savannah Museum and to historic River Street with its artsy shops and enticing eateries.  In the afternoon our Tour Guide took us to Beautiful Savannah’s historic district and famous homes, including the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.  While there our own Phyllis Heard was awarded a special pin for her years in Girl Scouts.  At St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Sandra Randleman gave a meaningful devotional with our group, reminding us of God’s beauty which surrounds our lives, even as we sat there, surrounded by the exquisite stained glass windows of the cathedral.  In the evening we enjoyed dinner at a Banquet Center and danced along with two other tour groups we had connected with on our trip to Savannah.

The next day we travelled to St. Simons Island.  A very knowledgeable and communicative Tour Guide told us the history of St. Simons.  She took us to Christ Church Frederica which John and Charles Wesley established on their missionary journey to the United States.  After some free time to shop and eat lunch we motored to the Historic District of Jekyll Island where we had a tram ride through the moss covered trees and flowering gardens surrounding the restored “cottages”  of the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts, and other millionaires before the Depression, known as the private “Millionaire’s Club.”

Our last day to tour consisted of a trip to Parris Marine Base where we were allowed to go through the Museum.  Much activity was taking place at the Base—young cadets with eyes wide with wonder and graduating marines already displaying their strength and discipline.  It was another poignant reminder of those who serve.  The rest of the day was devoted to enjoying Beaufort, South Carolina.  We were free to choose from among several activities—eating in an interesting restaurant (which everyone chose), shopping the cute places on Main Street, taking a carriage ride, touring historical homes, enjoying the waterfront. 

Every day was different, but wonderful.  The trip home was easy, but even with as much fun as we had, it was good to be home.  Good friends, good fellowship, new places—we felt so blessed!



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