Louise's Travel Journal

A Southern Belle Should Eat Grits Everyday for Breakfast

It took a few days, but this morning we awoke with a better grasp on the slower southern lifestyle. We slept in a bit. We took the car to Clary’s Café for breakfast. This notorious café is prominently featured in the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” A local gathering place that will help you get your day off on the right foot. Homemade biscuits and gravy, fresh blueberry pancakes and grits.

After breakfast we took off for a day out of the city. We started at the enormous Bonaventure Cemetery to see the graves of Johnny Mercer and Conrad Akin. The cemetery has ornately beautiful grounds, with huge live oaks and Spanish moss. Regardless of the fact that the dead rest here, this easily makes my top 5 list of “Most Beautiful Places”.

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We made our way out to Tybee Island for an afternoon of sand and sun. We started at the Tybee Lighthouse and climbed the 178 steps. From the top we could see the entire surrounding area and watched as a few paratroopers from the Air National Guard took practice jumps over the ocean.

We took a nice relaxing walk (and possibly a nap) on the beach, enjoyed watching the fishermen and saw some dolphins feeding just off the coast. Then off to the south beach area of Tybee. I had my heart set on checking out the Marine Science Center, a magical 200 sq. ft. room of floor to ceiling tanks and hands on learning activities. This tiny building, the care of all the animals and the education and conservation program is all run on charitable donations. Most of the volunteer staff are Marine Biologist students from the area colleges.  I took three tours around to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I really liked it here.

I later found Mom explaining her hobby of making pine needle baskets to a nice lady from whose yard Mom had been picking beautiful, long Georgia Pine needles.

We left Tybee and headed to The Crab Shack for dinner. A renovated fishing shack on the banks of the Chimney Creek. If I were to give you directions, I’d tell you to head straight into the swamp and just when you think you are good and lost and get that eerie sense that you are gator bait, turn left and you are there. This place is over the top with its back country charm. They actually have a gator cage surrounding the front porch. “Ya’ll can feed ‘em!”

Mom and I shared the Low Country Platter. Shrimp, crawfish, sausage, potatoes, oysters, crab legs, and corn on the cob. Everything is served on paper plates and most items are finger food. The tables actually have holes in the middle to just push your trash down. Very efficient.  Our waitress Bridgett, taught me how to eat a crawfish.

  1. Pull off the tail
  2. Pinch tail in half the long way
  3. Pull out the meat from the tail

Easy! We had margaritas with dinner and Key Lime Pie for dessert. A very sticky, but wonderful dining experience.

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