My closest group of girlfriends are Gina, Annette, and Mickie. I'm the youngest by a little over two decades, but we've been a tight foursome for a number of years. Annette is finally marrying her longtime love, Bruce, on the Fourth of July, which we decided called for a "ladies' weekend" in Savannah to celebrate! I "documented" the adventure over our three days and two nights. Some pics and stories have been enclosed in the circle of trust, but here's part one of what I can share!
- Packed and ready to go! Our mode of transportation was Gina’s husband’s oldish Mercedes, which Joey calls “the terrorist Mercedes.” (Because of the style, not the owner!) Roomy for a road trip though!
- We didn’t get far before the ladies decided that they were hungry, so Annette suggested the Hooters in Macon, which Mickie and I agreed to based solely on Gina’s reaction. She does not like chain restaurants, much less one called “hooters.” But the fish tacos were delicious.
- After our meal, Gina needed a coffee, which she got with donuts at Dunkin Donuts. In between Hooters and DD, a car behind us honked and Annette, who spent twenty years in the military, said, “Why the [bleep] are they honking at us?!” Mickie, who was in the back seat with me, turned around and exclaimed, “Our trunk is open!!” Apparently they had accidently pushed the button in the front. This incident lead to one of the running jokes all weekend after Mickie said, “Tom Selleck escaped!!” Note: Only in these moments does my age difference become apparent…Their references are a little dated. :)
- We arrived at The Forsyth Park Inn! A really lovely old home, right across the street from Forsyth Park. We were just in time for 6pm cocktail hour! We relaxed on the veranda drinking wine spritzer and eating light snacks.
- We set out to explore around 7pm. Annette, who has been to Savannah a number of times, was our happy tour guide. We just strolled through the parks and looked at all the pretty sights. We saw a couple getting married! Just them and the officiate. Very sweet.
- The City is really pretty and has a fun energy. Lots of young people who attend Savannah College of Art and Design. Tons of joggers, bicyclers, people walking their dogs.
- We had no itinerary, which drove me crazy as we were planning the trip, but ended up being perfect. We were all so relaxed.
- We ate dinner at The Crystal Beer Parlor. I had crab soup and beer.
- We laughed and talked our heads off!
Part two tomorrow...But, first, one more first day memory that only the bed and breakfast security cameras captured (if they have any!)…
We got back to our rooms on Friday night around 11:30pm. Annette, who has trouble sleeping, took two sleeping pills. We all hung out for about an hour until they start working, and she went to bed. Mickie, Gina, and I decided to go out to the little courtyard garden to enjoy the warm night air for a bit. We were in pjs and matching white robes that were in the rooms. We sat and chatted until about 1am. When we decide to go in for bed, I reached our private entry/exit door first. The door was shut and locked. We had no keys. We had no phones. We were locked out of the bed and breakfast, in the courtyard, in our pjs…And Annette was in a two sleeping pill slumber! So we starting tapping on her window, calling her name. I could see her through a small part in the curtains; she was sound asleep. Gina and I were laughing our heads off! Mickie was too, a bit, but she was more panicky. Finally, we knock on the window louder and, after about 10-15 minutes, a dazed Annette let us in. At that point, Mickie revealed that she'd been getting ready to break a window— one of the big old single pane glass windows— so she was put "last in line" in the event of another incident!
The whole episode created such a classic and great memory!