We left Halfmoon Marina and were supposed to anchor out but because the weather for our next travel day was going to have 30-35 knot winds we decided to make some changes. We couldn't get in to our original marina scheduled, Isle of Hope, a day early so we called around for other options. We found Coffee Bluff Marina, which was still in Savannah and they were able to take us. We had 2-3 foot waves at some places and 23 knot winds with some gusts to 28. The current is extremely strong in this marina on the Little Ogeechee River. We slowed up to get in at slack tide and was able to get into the basin and tied up with help from the other resident boaters. Mike and Trish were so nice and the marina is well cared for and has great cement floating docks. (Free laundry) It is in a residential area so there isn't much to do without an Uber. Since the weather was predicted to be so nasty on Thursday, we stayed on the boat and got some chores done and made sure the wind didn't wreak havoc with anything.
Athena our boat neighbor.
A beautiful sunset!
Friday we went and spent the day in Savannah. We had an Uber ride in, after dropping Skipper off at a dog sitter. Mary, Chris, Hal and I went on the Hop On Hop Off tour. We find it so informative and gives an overview of the city. Since we didn't start at the beginning we had to switch at stop 1 which gave us a chance to go to the Savannah History Museum and see a replica of Forrest Gump's Bench. We hopped back on and Mary and Chris got off at River Street to walk around while we got off at another stop so we could go to the third oldest synagogue in the US, Congregation Mickve Isreal. We really enjoyed this tour. The synagogue was built in 1820, the congregation started in 1773. They have two torahs that are kept in sealed cases to be preserved since they are written on deerskin. On the bus we learned that people painted their doors red after they had paid off the mortgage and people today still do this. Also we learned that in the early days families didn't name their children until they were 2-3 years old since there was a high mortality rate and they didn't want to lose family names.
Forrest Gump's bench.
Pictures in the sanctuary of Congregation Mickve Isreal.
The bema with the ark open. The torah on the lower right is a Holocaust torah.
The first torah at the temple.
A foldable torah so it can be hidden during persecution times.
Savannah is home to Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girls Scouts.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal on River Street at River House. The chatham punch was amazing! Afterwards we walked around the town for a while and then walked to the famous Leopold's for ice cream. There is plenty to do so I wish we had more time here but maybe we can stop on the way back.