Friday, February 25, 2011

Sandy Toes Goes..... to Tybee Island

Hints of spring are everywhere.  The days are getting longer and the trees are getting ready to burst out in their new spring coats. 

Cabin fever had set in after the two months or so of cold, really cold weather and I was looking for a change of scenery.  Road trip!

We packed up for a girls' weekend and set off for Savannah.  The weather forecast was just perfect for late February and a nice warm sunny day was just what the toes needed.

We headed out to Tybee Island just on the outskirts of Savannah and had a great picnic on the beach.  Behind us, we could see the Tybee Island Light Station.

The Tybee Island Light Station was ordered in 1732 by General James Oglethorpe, and construction began in 1736.  The original lighthouse was destroyed by a storm in 1741.  The Tybee Lighthouse has been rebuilt several times.  Renovation of the lighthouse and its five acres which includes the Head Keepers Cottage began in 1999.

It was such a gorgeous day that we decided to climb the lighthouse.  After paying for our tickets at the adorable gift shop, we started our climb.  The climb is done in single file and your feet will touch 178 stairs as you wind around and around to the top. 

The view is spectacular.  I, for one, was thrilled to have a window to look out of at each landing as our group paused so some of us could catch our breath!  The catwalk around the top of the lighthouse is not one for those who may have a little issue with heights, but it's worth the climb.  Just don't look down!

Take time on your next trip to Savannah to drive the short distance out to Tybee and enjoy the scenery and tour the lighthouse.

I think I must go back soon.  My only regret was I didn't have the time to check out to see if the old Sugar Shack is still on the island.  Ahh, now those are some great memories.

Sandy Toes

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