While we’re plugging away at all the items that are still on our list (U.S. Coast Guard paperwork? Check. Freezer making ice? Check. Battery bank up and running? Check), I’ve been thinking about the things I’ll miss about Savannah when we’re gone.
#1 My Mother-in-Law
Over the last year, I’ve really gotten to know my mother-in-law, which has been such a pleasure. She’s fun and full of wisdom and makes the best apple pie I’ve ever had. It’s been really great having her around to talk to, especially since, as some of you may have noticed, Rich can be a little on the quiet side. Also, she shared her pie recipe with me. Huge! Love you, Lydia.
#2 Isle of Hope Marina
It was only after we moved here that we found our people. Our boat neighbors have been some of the nicest, most generous people we’ve met in Savannah and we’re really going to miss them. The good news is that they’re all getting ready to sail south one day soon, so there’s a good chance that we’ll run into them again out there.
#3 The Wyld
We’ve loved this place since our first visit about a year ago. It’s an old yacht club that’s been turned into a dockside restaurant and bar and the setting right on the water in the middle of the marsh with all the wildlife (egrets, great blue herons, pelicans) is spectacular. Also, they make a mean old fashioned and a pretty decent crab cake.
Let’s just say there were a lot of pralines in our lives in 2016. Thankfully, I have a good recipe. But do I dare attempt them on the boat? We’ll see how desperate I get.
#5 The American Legion
Happy hours at the Legion, or “the Lesion” as some locals like to call it, with my SCAD peeps were a lot of fun. I’ll definitely miss this place and the $2 bourbon and sodas.
And then there are the things I won’t miss:
Not to be confused with Sandfly, the cute little town outside Isle of Hope, these little monsters (the locals call them “teeth with wings”) are vicious. I thought the mosquitos in NYC were bad, but sandflies are so much worse because they’re so tiny and inconspicuous that you don’t notice them eating you alive, until you suddenly realize you’re covered in the itchiest bites you’ve ever had. And yes, I hear there are sandflies in the Bahamas, but I’ll think about that later.
#2 Savannah Drivers
I’ve seen some crazy driving over the years but you Savannahians take the cake. Not even New York City cab drivers can hold a candle to you. No turn signals? Turning left from the right-hand lane? Cutting in front of me and then having the nerve to inch along at 20 mph under the speed limit? You win!