Well, I can actually say that now with an authentic Paula Deen accent, after eating at her Lady and Sons’ restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. I apologize for not posting in a while, but we have had some temperamental internet access and have been busy every minute. We have had a fabulous time in Atlanta and it just seems that every day seems to be better than the one before. This morning we rolled out of the hotel early and arrived at a Waffle House for breakfast. This was certainly the best breakfast so far. We were amazed by the speedy service and how the waitresses would rush back and forth between tables and the call out their orders. It was like breakfast and a show. We enjoyed our flavored waffles, grits and hot coffee. With our bellies full, we headed to Stonewall Mountain, known for its reference in Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech and for the three carved figures at the base: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy. This mountain carving was the first the artist did before Mount Rushmore. After we walked through the museum about the history of the mountain and viewing artifacts, we made our way through the Stonewall plantation. The plantation consisted of several houses that had been moved from other parts of Georgia. We even got to see animals that would have been around during the antebellum time including goats, sheep and hogs. We finally made our way to the base of the mountain and began the one and a quarter mile climb to the summit. The climb to the top was certainly an experience. At some points we would be walking and then turn around and be amazed how far up we had come and were awed by the view. And at other times we’d look up at the steep terrain we had left to climb and not know how our knees would be able to carry us anymore. We did it though! We all made it to the top! We were so proud of ourselves and each other that even though there were times when we didn’t think we could make it, we tried and kept going. We took a risk and succeeded. It as so rewarding to reach the top and see the view, the accomplishment we had achieved, it felt so much better and just running a mile at the gym. After a brief break and photo opt we headed back down. The decent was a little more tricky as the steep ledges were a little slippery and we all skidded a bit. At the bottom we stretched out with VP before boarding the bus for our four hour bus ride to Savannah.
We settled in and watched Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to get us re-familiarized with the next city we would be touring. Even though it was dark, we knew we had arrived when we saw the palmetto trees lining the sidewalk twinkling with white lights. We arrived at the Marshall House to freshen up before we walked over the Paula Deen’s restaurant. We had a bountiful buffet of southern cuisine including fried chicken, ribs, baked beans, Brunswick stew, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, yams, corn, rice and salad. Cheddar biscuits and hot cakes were brought out fresh from the oven along with homemade lemonade and then we got to try Paula Deen’s peach cobbler, banana pudding and Blondie’s. Everything was incredible and made for the perfect Savannah welcome! Then we headed down to River Street to check out some sights and the ships on the water. I can’t wait to see the city during the day and take in the other sights and cuisine. “Y’all come back again soon, you hear!”