Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bonaventure Cemetery & Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

We took a couple drives (actually on two different days) and saw two very different types of scenery.
Bonaventure Cemetery



Bonaventure Cemetery is in Savannah, Georgia and is considered a quintessential southern cemetery of the 1800 and 1900’s. Among those buried here are Georgia’s first governor (Edward Telfair), an Academy Award-winning lyricist (Johnny Mercer) and many military generals. Another claim to fame is that the cover photo of a popular book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was a photo of a statue in the cemetery. 

 


The Victorians thought it was an honor to elaborately decorate a loved-one’s cemetery plot, thus the large statues, mausoleums, and gravesites.  So, yeah, okay, it was somewhat interesting, but definitely not in out top 10 list of things to do in Savannah. Admission is free, although they request a donation if you would like a map of the cemetery.


 


Savannah National Wildlife Refuge






The Savannah NationalWildlife Refuge was a bit more our style. Located just down the road in Hardeeville, the refuge was created as refuge for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway.
 









There is a four-mile drive (you can drive, walk or bike – all free) along waterways and marshes, with lots of birds, beautiful blooming water lilies..... 


    
.....and of course, a few alligators.

There were even some alligators also enjoying the water lilies.........
 

Although the younger alligators just hung-out with their turtle friends ~ 


The refuge was quite interesting and definitely a place to visit and enjoy – be sure to bring a camera!
   
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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