Nature Conservancy--Fl
Nature Conservancy--Florida
Sunset from Hilton Head Island, Savannah
Sunset from Skidaway Island, Savannah

Bruce and Sara---Weekend Travels
Beyond Cordele, GA

A weekend trip to Orlando, Florida:

During the week of January 22nd, we drove down to Orlando where Sara learned about "Infant Message" and Bruce wondered around visiting places like the county pioneer museum and a Nature Conservancy site which was developed by the Disney Company as part of a wet lands remediation agreement. These pictures obviously come from the Nature Conservancy site. Like many of lakes throughout this section of Florida and southern Georgia where the SAM Shortline is located, the lake is relatively shallow and has lots of Cypress trees and Cypress many knobs, and the trees are just covered with drooping Spanish moss! We don't let Oliver swim too freely in them because they do have alligators!

A Visit to a Nature Conservancy Site in Florida
A Visit to a Nature Conservancy Site in Florida

A Weekend Trip to the Okegenokee Swamp and Brunswick, GA (Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island):

Part of the fun of working and volunteering in different parts of the country is taking weekend trips to explore surrounding areas. We've taken day trips to places like Columbus to see Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Little White House" in Warm Springs, to Albany, GA to see the RiverQuarium, and to Perry, GA to see the annual Georgia 4-H Fair.

We've also ventured further away and taken two day trips to places like the Okefenokee Swamps and Brunswick, GA.
Part of the Okefenokee Swamps
Leaning about alligators at the Okefenokee Swamp Park
More of the Okefenokee Swamps

Another weekend Savannah, Georgia:

Early in March, we drove to Savannah, Georgia to visit the Culins (Bruce's counsins) and the lovely city of Savannah. Small, managable, and a home of southern hospitality, we found Savannah very charming. The city streets are broken up by dozens of green squares, the old river port is full of historical buildings, and we kept looking for the famous park bench where Forest Gump waited for a bus.

Then since we had never been to Hilton Head Island, we went there after Savannah...spending a few hours at the beach and many more just exploring and visiting.

Part of the Wormsloe State Historic Site
and the front drive where Forest Gump walked during his childhood.
Looking through the entrance to Fort Pulaski National Monument
A beautiful sunset from a nature center on Hilton Head Island.

Bruce and Sara 2008---Opening Page

Jan to April 2008---The SAM Shortline in Cordele, GA

April 1st to April 13, 2008---Driving from GA to Big Bend NP, TX

April 14st to April 23, 2008---Driving from Big Bend NP,TX to Mesa Verde NP

April 24 to May 4, 2008---Snow in Yellowstone, a Change in Plans, and a Detour to Zion NP

May 4 to May 11, 2008---From Zion NP to Salt Lake City and Glacier, and then to Canada

May 12 to May 16, 2008---Kootenay, Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks Yoho)

May 16 to May 25, 2008---The Alaskan Highway---From Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska

May 25 to June 7, 2008---Southeast Alaska--Skagway, Sitka, Juneau, and Haines

June 8 to June 21, 2008---Haines Junction, Fairbanks, and Denali

June 22 to July 4, 2008---The Kenai Peninsula: Portgage, Seward, and Homer

July 5 to July 22, 2008---Whittier, Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez Prince William Sound and Wrangell-St. Elias NP

July 23 to July 28, 2008---Driving Down the Cassier Highay: Steward and Hyder

July 29 to August 14, 2008---Driving Home after 13,600 Miles

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