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Heading for the St. Mary's GA Sub Museum, Cumberland Island

On the way to the second Key West Visit


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Friday 18 February 2011

The hotel had a nice breakfast in the morning which included waffles that you make yourself, pastries, hot and cold cereal, hard boiled eggs and juices including cranberry. (I had a waffle and a hard boiled egg and some Cheerios.) We checked out about 0835.
Highway leaving "Little Washington"

Highway leaving "Little Washington"


I had thought that we would take US 17 down to Summerville because that is shorter by about 30 miles. Bob assumed that of course we would go back over to I95. Had I known that, I would have made a reservation in a different place. Also if I had known that was what he wanted to do, I would have driven through the old part of town first.

We stopped for lunch at Friendlies at 11:35.
Friendly's inside

Friendly's inside


Bob had a cup of chili and a Fribble (their milkshake), and I had a
Friendly's BLT and a cup of applesauce

Friendly's BLT and a cup of applesauce


Happy Ending sundae which is the smallest sundae they have

Happy Ending sundae which is the smallest sundae they have



We stopped for gas (and for Bob to use the bathroom) at Santee about 1420
Hess gas

Hess gas


and the car was getting 35.3 mph on I-95. I remembered correctly that there was no place to get gas after we turned south toward Summerville.

I called my son after we left Santee and found that he was not expecting us because he thought we were going north to Maine. I had planned to go to Connecticut to see a granddaughter and then to Vermont to see a grandson in October (not in February), but that trip was scrapped. So we checked into the motel around 1510
Motel shower

Motel shower


and after we settled in, we drove over to our son's house. Our granddaughter was there with her mother and a friend of her brothers and we talked for awhile.
Samson

Samson


The store in Tortola sent the package that was to go to my son with his birthday present in it to me, and the package with gifts for everyone else to him. They wondered why I was sending them 5 bottles of ginger and 4 Christmas tree ornaments. I gave them the gifts we bought on the ship and gathered together the things that were sent to him by mistake.

Our grandson got home from track practice and we got to see his ferret Peaches. I have only one very blurry photo - she moves too fast to get a photo of her easily.
Grandson's ferret

Grandson's ferret


We met our son at Logan's Roadhouse for dinner.
Grandson, grandfather, son

Grandson, grandfather, son

Logan's Roadhouse is another franchise/chain restaurant operation. It was founded in 1991 and the home office is located in Nashville, TN.
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Jukebox


in 2011, there were 124 restaurants in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Michigan - Detroit Area, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
Logan's Roadhouse

Logan's Roadhouse


It is supposed to be like a roadhouse from the 1930's and 1940's. I don't think of roadhouse with a positive image, but apparently Logan's has been very successful with this idea. They have TV sets in various corners, and a jukebox. There is a meat counter display case showing the various cuts of meat.
Meat showcase

Meat showcase


Looking at the menu

Looking at the menu


My son had a french dip sandwich (Roast beef, sauteed onions and mushrooms topped with melted Swiss cheese on a French roll; au jus for dipping, my husband had a Logan's Club Sandwich (Ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise served on toasted bread), I had a
My steak

My steak

Apple cobbler with ice cream

Apple cobbler with ice cream


My grandchildren had kids meals.
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We went back to the motel afterwards.

Saturday 19 February 2011 - Grandchildren and Grand-Pets

Our son called and said he had an appointment in the morning. He had suggested that we go to the Eastern South Carolina expo which he thought had something to do with boats, but which was really mostly on land activities outdoors, like hunting. They had Dock Dog competitions, and also hawk flying demonstrations. But the admission was $20 each and there were about 8 different locations which involved a lot more walking than I felt up to. So we decided against doing that.

My breakfast

My breakfast

We had breakfast at the hotel which was OK but they had no cranberry juice - just grapefruit juice. I tried to edit some photos, and then we had lunch at Chick-fil-A. We went in to eat.
Bob heading for lunch

Bob heading for lunch


There was a topiary cow and a lot of flowers outside.
Topiary cow

Topiary cow

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Flowers outside Chik-fil-A


Cows on the ceiling

Cows on the ceiling

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Table advert and Flowers on the tables


They had people taking the orders as the cars waited in line which made it much quicker.
Getting an order before you get to the speaker

Getting an order before you get to the speaker


Bob had

Chicken strips

Chicken strips

and I had
Sandwich

Sandwich

Shredded carrot salad

Shredded carrot salad

Total = $9.94

We went over to our son's after lunch. Our son cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grille and we had potato salad that our daughter-in-law had made.
Turtle in their aquarium

Turtle in their aquarium


Samson the cat

Samson the cat

100_8404.JPGCocoa and Merky the dogs

Cocoa and Merky the dogs

Granddaughter playing with the dogs

Granddaughter playing with the dogs


The weather was beautiful and we sat out on the porch. Our grandson took his motorcycle out for a spin.
Grandson on motorcycle

Grandson on motorcycle


We found out that our daughter-in-law starts work at a medical center in a week or so
Daughter-in-law

Daughter-in-law


and that my son was in a band called "Farmer Tan" and they have a regular gig on Monday nights. Our son sings, and his friend Mike plays the guitar and Mike's wife plays the bongos. Unfortunately we would not be able to stay and see the first night because I had made reservations back in October to go to St. Mary's GA on Sunday.
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Bonfire

Sunday 20 February 2011

I had a goal for today which was to visit the submarine museum in St. Mary's GA - we missed it last time we were here (in 2004) because Bob decided to leave early.
100_8420.JPGSummerville town square

Summerville town square


We got underway about 9. We went down US 17
Following Route 17

Following Route 17


through a place called Round O. We saw some wild turkeys by the road. The last place before we hit I-95 was Walterboro. I noticed several horse dealers in the area and also saw a sign advertising "concealed carry classes".
Georgia Welcome station

Georgia Welcome station


We stopped for lunch about noon just before we got to St. Mary's.
KFC

KFC


We ate at KFC and it was a very lively place with a lot of local people eating Sunday dinner there. Bob had
Three chicken strips

Three chicken strips


and I had
BBQ sandwich

BBQ sandwich

When we got to St. Mary's we parked and went to the museum. Bob was in the U.S. Navy submariner reserve in high school and the following year before he went to the U.S. Naval Academy. So on our re-visit, the first thing we visited was this museum.
44140311414298-From_across_..aint_Marys.jpgSubmarine museum - left 2004 - right 2011

Submarine museum - left 2004 - right 2011


St. Marys Submarine Museum is in a converted historic movie theater (built in 1911) on the St. Marys waterfront. They have a working periscope, models of torpedoes, many displays made from actual submarines
Hatch

Hatch

Control panel

Control panel

Bunk

Bunk


a deep-sea diving suit
Diving suit

Diving suit


and submarine uniforms, command plaques,
Wall of command plaques - The one on the left 2nd from the end is one we have because Bob served on that ship

Wall of command plaques - The one on the left 2nd from the end is one we have because Bob served on that ship


Close-up of U.S.S. Conger plaque - Sub that Bob served on

Close-up of U.S.S. Conger plaque - Sub that Bob served on


photographs and models of submarines, an area for watching movies on submarines, working sonar panels,
Display

Display


a history of submarines, a reading area, a reference area, gift shop and a display dedicated to the eight submariners who received the Medals of Honor. Bob is of the opinion that it needs a good organizing - it appears to be a collection of collections. It was fun though.
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Then we checked into the Riverview Hotel We saw this hotel in 2004 when we were walking along the waterfront from the marina.
Bob reflected in the front window of the Riverview

Bob reflected in the front window of the Riverview


When we came back to go to Cumberland Island, we booked in this hotel because it was the closest to the Cumberland Island ferries and I could walk across the street to them. The Riverview Hotel was built 1916. This tabby coated 105 Osborne Street hotel boasts a two story porch along its Osborne Street elevation.
Riverview Hotel

Riverview Hotel


The hotel is clean and old. Not fancy old with bed flounces and lots of little pillows. It is just old. It has Mission Oak furniture and some of the stair carpet is worn. They have wi-fi which I can almost get in the room, but they also have a big staircase to climb every time we go up to our room. Definitely not handicapped accessible.
Upper hallway

Upper hallway


This historic hotel was built in 1916. The rooms have all been named after people who have either stayed at the Riverview Hotel or are locally famous. The rooms are named after people as varied as Admiral Nimitz and the weatherman Willard Scott. We stayed in the Talmadge room - named after Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge. We had two iron bedsteads - brass bedstead types with quilts, but the metal is painted black.
Wardrobe/shrank with bed reflected and TV on top

Wardrobe/shrank with bed reflected and TV on top


There is a shrank for a closet and our own bathroom.
Through the bathroom door

Through the bathroom door


There are plantation shutters on the windows.
View from the hotel

View from the hotel


The Riverview Hotel is an official SSCA Cruising station and will receive mail & packages for cruisers. This would be important to us - except for the rules that Georgia has against living aboard a boat which means that we can't stay here on our boat for more than a month.

Amenities include air conditioning, daily maid service, cable TV, HBO + ESPN, and continental breakfast. Hairdryers, alarm clocks, and iron available upon request.

Canon on the town square

Canon on the town square


We saw a President's Day parade at the waterfront.
President's day flag bearers

President's day flag bearers


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President's Day parade

Photographer

Photographer


Then we went over to the NPS headquarters and checked on our reservation.
Cumberland Lady ferry

Cumberland Lady ferry

Informational sign

Informational sign

and looked at the exhibits.
Turtle nest diorama

Turtle nest diorama


Oyster Catcher

Oyster Catcher


We were too late to get the trolley tour.
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Trolley tours start here--last trolley tour leaving the waterfront


National Seashore offices in historic building

National Seashore offices in historic building


The new museum is on St. Mary's Street, right on the water. The NPS website says:"The exhibition uses pieces from the collection to highlight the people of the island. The lives of Native Americans, African Americans, the Carnegie family as well as others who lived on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries are seen in the island environment. The museum was designed to provide a glimpse of Cumberland Island to those who are unable to visit the island. These exhibits were funded through fees paid by island visitors and campers. A small portion of the total collection will be on display, primarily pieces that illustrate life on the barrier island.
Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum


“These are objects that have never before been on public display,” said curator John Mitchell. “We can learn from these items about how people lived in the past.”"

US Coast and Geodetic Survey Bench  Mark

US Coast and Geodetic Survey Bench Mark


Available Facilities Public restrooms and water fountain

Some confusion in museum names has developed between the Cumberland Island Museum and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum.The Cumberland Island Museum is a separate entity and was incorporated in 1985 to assure the protection and maintenance of the library, archival materials, and natural history collections of Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop. Unlike some museums, The Cumberland Island Museum does not have exhibits or displays, but simply houses and curates the research materials. It is on Cumberland Island. It is open to the public.
Riverside park

Riverside park

5841745-Another_street_scene_Saint_Marys.jpgCentral street with Market on the Square on right

Central street with Market on the Square on right

5841742-Market_on_the_Square_Saint_Marys.jpgMarket on the Square- They were having a sale

Market on the Square- They were having a sale


I thought we would eat at Langs (where we tried to eat before but they had too much of a wait)
Lang's is on the other side of the STOP sign

Lang's is on the other side of the STOP sign

Bob walking back across to tell me it was closed

Bob walking back across to tell me it was closed


but they are not open until Weds.

So we drove out to the Silver Star Steakhouse - built in 1890
5841729-Sign_in_the_window_Saint_Marys.jpgFront of the restaurant

Front of the restaurant

Boot as a planter by the door

Boot as a planter by the door


which used to be a grocery store.
Explanation on the menu

Explanation on the menu

Inside of the restaurant

Inside of the restaurant


I ordered an oyster po-boy, but there were out of oysters, so I had a fish sandwich instead.
Fish sandwich

Fish sandwich


Bob had a cup of crab bisque and fish and chips.
Bob's Fish and chips $9.99

Bob's Fish and chips $9.99


I brought home a key lime cheesecake but I couldn't find the plastic fork that I thought I had in my bag.
Night in St. Mary's

Night in St. Mary's


Later: The Key Lime Cheesecake was very good. I can't remember what I used to eat it with though.

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