Sunday, April 26, 2015

BIKES IN BEAUFORT


Over the weekend, Wes and I decided to take a ride out at Skidaway State Park.  We had never been before and heard good things from people in town.  We threw the bikes in the car and headed over to check it out.  After speaking with one of the worlds nicest park rangers, we parked the car and headed over to the Old Ferry Trail.  If you know Wes and I, you know that we don't ride mountain bikes.  We ride fixed gear road bikes.  The trail we decided to check out was actually a bit of a pine straw trail with roots sticking out of the ground.  Figuring out how to maneuver without going down hard was a complete blast.  By the end of the ride, the only thing that was really sore was my face from having a smile plastered on it the entire time.  Serious throwback to being a kid and having the best time taking your bike off road.  I need a mountain bike ASAP.  I highly suggest to anyone struggling with the harsh realities of adulthood to go ride a bike in the woods.  It will brighten your day.
All in all, Skidaway was really gorgeous if a bit small.  We hadn't fulfilled our want to ride for the day so rather than ride around Savannah we decided to continue the park theme and head up to Beaufort and go ride on Hunting Island. 
We made the hour drive and had a lot of fun biking through Forrest Gump's Vietnam.  I haven't been out to Hunting in close to a decade so it was nice to go back on a very calm day.  



Being that we were in Beaufort and knew that there was no food back in our fridge in Savannah, we invited ourselves over to Mom and Larry's house for dinner.  Dinner and a movie quickly translated into 'Louisa is too lazy and tired to drive home - let's spend the night!'
On Sunday morning we woke up to another gorgeous day of warm weather.  We decided to take the new Spanish Moss Rail Trail downtown for lunch and then plan out a ride from there.  We had a standard lunch down at Luther's, took the obligatory bike photos by the water, and decided to ride the loop over both the Wood's Memorial Bridge and the Mcteer Bridge back to the house.




Once we got back to the house, we all hung out outside by the new pool.  By "hung out" I mean that Wes and I lounged our sore bodies by the pool, Mom screamed at Ellie and Pita for making attempts to roll in something gross in the yard, Larry taped off a door to be painted, and two hawks feasted on some sad roadkill up in the trees while looking down at the silly humans struggling to function.  I don't have a picture of the screaming mother, taping step father, rolling dogs, or even the hawks, but I think I painted a pretty good picture.  We had a great time hanging out with the family for an impromptu visit and making the most of the warm weekend.  
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

EARTH DAY AT FORSYTH PARK



One thing Savannians know how to do is have a good hangout at Forsyth Park.  And why wouldn't they?  It's an absolutely beautiful park that offers something for just about everyone.  In celebration of Earth Day there were tents all over the park offering up advice on helping to do your part in preserving our collective home.  The Savannah Bicycle Campaign had their bike valet set up to offer a safe place to park your bike and enjoy the festivities as well as hosting their 8th annual Earth Day Wheelie afterward.  It was a really fun ride that ended over at Blowin' Smoke Cantina for food and drinks.  Earth Day gets me excited for the season's bike events; I feel like it's the starter event to send us into the season of hanging out with the Bike Campaign which is always a great time.  Make sure you click on the bike campaign's link above in the bold black writing to see what events are coming up and how you can get involved!
The Forsyth Farmer's Market was also out in full force with some really great produce and samples to try.  The farmer's market is out every Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 with great vendors and amazing foods.  It's a great way to spend a Saturday morning supporting something local.  Here are just a few snaps of our day at the park, hope you enjoy!
















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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LET'S EAT PT. 2 - SANDFLY BAR-B-Q


I'm not sure where to start, so I'll start by saying STOP READING NOW AND GO TO SANDFLY BAR-B-Q!  Or if you do feel inclined to read on, finish this post quickly then head straight over.  I've spent the last month taking some personal time to try and do a bit of re-centering and just enjoy what 's in front of me. I should have just gone to SANDFLY and gotten a beef brisket sandwich - boom : life centered.  This place is the ultimate experience in mouth-watering barbeque.  No frills, no complications, just amazing food.  


Wes got a pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and a SERVICE BREWING CO. COMPASS ROSE IPA (way to go supporting local breweries).  I decided to try the beef brisket, and baked beans. and we split an order of fries.  Brisket is always a good indicator of what a barbeque joint is really about; good brisket = good everything else .  It can go wrong in so many ways if it isn't treated well.  You can tell the people in the pit over at Sandfly really care about what they are doing.  Hands down best brisket sandwich I have had, bar none.  




Other than the brisket, another amazing thing that made me so happy was the choice of sauces.  Everyone has their favorite - be it mustard or vinegar; sweet or spicy; Carolina, Memphis, or Texas.  I usually like 2 of the 3 on the table but lean heavily towards a Memphis sauce.  The sauces at Sandfly are all true in their bases but every bit as special as the meat itself.  I couldn't decide which of the three to choose from so I had a bit of everything going down the line.  


We went to the original location off of Skidaway out by Isle of Hope, but they just opened up a downtown location on Barnard in the old Streamliner Diner.  This is great news if you are looking to stick around the historic district.  The prices are totally doable, the d├ęcor is great,  and the staff gets an  A+.  Bottom line, Sandfly Bar-B-Q is an absolute must if you are in the mood for barbeque and a definite MUST if you want food that makes you feel genuinely happy.





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