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sometimes it’s scary:

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sometimes it’s boring:

montgomery, alabama

montgomery, alabama

sometimes it’s fun:

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theme = driving

theme = driving

we made it!

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peanuts.

boiled peanuts

boiled peanuts

deep fried peanuts. with cajun spices.

deep fried peanuts. with cajun spices.

cinnamon pecans

cinnamon pecans

chasing after georgia peaches (i am the dot next to the tree)

chasing after georgia peaches (i am the dot next to the tree)

po boys

po boys

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i don’t know what’s happened to me, but ever since we crossed the border into georgia, i have been craving buttery and mayonaisse-y crab meat. all of my meals, except for one, have been based around crab. what has happened to me!?!?!? seafood is just so tempting, it makes a mockery of my vegetarianism; i just can’t say no.

aided by the caffeine gum that kelsy’s cousin provided us (i.e. provided me) with, we made it to savannah last night. starving, and jones-ing for a local brew, we ate at the local Moon River Brewing Company. The beer I had was good, as were the fried green tomatoes with blue crab salad. there are a lot of different recipes for blue crab salad, it seems, but the main ingredient is mayo, along with some spices and onions and stuff like that. the ambiance of the restaurant, however, i could only describe as bro-y, and so i will leave it at that.

this morning: sunday brunch (the first i haven’t worked in a while). and OF COURSE more crabmeat a lá eggs benedict (YUM) at firefly cafe. i think it was another blue crab salad-esque dish.

dinner: also crabmeat. went to the crab shack off of tybee island, and after a dinner of poached crabmeat — i think that this was another version of the blue crab salad but with more spices — and some other seafood, we got to feed the alligators. yes, that is a giant (fake) alligator behind us.

happy campers

happy campers

i think that you can tell just how satisfied i am.

happy memorial day!

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The other two girls rented bikes, and the three of us zipped around the historic part of savannah, ga, in the morning, ending up at the Colonial Cemetery by the afternoon. There are a lot of (semi)-famous people buried there, but I did not actually recognize any of them (oops).

The Daughters of the American Revolution were responsible for building this cemetery — just like Kelsy!

D.A.R. built this

D.A.R. built this

It’s an old cemetery, and unfortunately some of the gravestones are crumbling. But the ones left have a quality of the antebellum south that i’ve always associated with Savannah since I saw Gone with the Wind in 6th grade. The majority of the headstones have a picture of the weeping willows with the draping spanish moss:

antebellum headstone

antebellum headstone

just like in real life.

me, kristin, a weeping willow

me, kristin, a weeping willow

i really wanted to take an etching of this macabre/adorable skull and bones but it was too deep set, so i had to make do with a photograph:

antebellum punk

antebellum punk

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two nights in savanna, ga.

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after two days almost straight in the car we all have one armed famers’ tans, but are glad to have made it to moorseville, nc, where we’re staying with kelsy’s lovely family.

The car was sent off with gusto after being christened by my neighbor nate’s keepsake of a stick-on handle bar mustache:

nate and mustache

nate and mustache

and nick and kelsy teamed up to load my bike onto the back of my already crammed full jetta:

team work!

team work!

we grabbed some coffee and were ready to go:

road trip 09 woop

road trip 09 woop

the first day we drove down to dc to stay with a friend who lives in the eastern market area. last time i visited dc i stayed there too, and the eastern market itself is supposedly really historical (i’m not really sure the whole story behind it) but they have delicious fresh produce and a good little counter with food. we stopped for coffee this time at Peregrine Espresso, where they apparently make goofy coffee drinks with pop rocks and basil infusions and weirdo things that you wouldn’t assume went in coffee. i’m not even sure that people order them, but they’re on the menu all the same.

dinner was at an ethiopian restaurant in the adam’s morgan area of dc… it was nice to see a part of dc that wasn’t ann taylor-clad.

metro time in dc

metro time in dc

The next day we got up pretty early to make the long drive to NC. Although I’ve been doing all the driving up to this point (Kristin has never driven a stick and Kelsy claims that she’s not very competent — but we’ll see about that), i masochistically proposed that we take the scenic drive through the blue ridge parkway (in the Appalachians). Which, was beautiful and I would totally recommend it to anyone. Driving through all the windy roads was super tiring but worth it because the colors were just amazing. The yellows and greens were colors that I don’t think that even New England in the fall can replicate, and that we don’t get in the northwest.

taking in the sights

taking in the sights

(thanks for the photo kristin.)

It took us forever to figure out how to get there, because there is no specific address so we couldn’t use mapquest or the gps, and our atlas didn’t really even show it that clearly, so we figured that we are headed in the direction of waynesboro on the freeway but stopped off where I-64 becomes Us 250 at a gas station and the attendent with tobacco stained teeth just pointed towards the mountains and said that if we followed the road up the mountain, we couldn’t miss it. There was a sign: in one direction north via the skyline drive, and one direction south.

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Further and further south we go, however long it takes to get there.

We only drove the first leg, and got off with the plan to go the Natural Bridge, and more importantly to Dinosaur Kingdom (!). But, alas, to our utter sadness, the Dinosaur Kingdom (a science fiction reenactment of the civil war) was CLOSED. so we satisfied ourselves with picnicing our peanutbutter sandwiches at Foam Henge. (it’s really made out of foam):

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We gotta get on the road again, it’s getting late and kelsy and kristin are being very politely impatient to get going, hopefully to charlotte and to charleston and ultimately in savannah. but i’ll put up some pictures soon if i get the time[pictures duely incorporated].

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