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March 2003, Charleston, Savannah, and the Okefenokee

The last week of March, Jan and Amy traveled to the Southeast, where neither of us had been before. Starting from Jacksonville, Florida (airfares were much lower from Seattle), we drove to Charleston, North Carolina, spending two days walking extensively. We continued south to Savannah, Georgia, walking throughout one late afternoon and the next day. Our last full day we spent at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia among the exotic flora of its unique peat marsh.

The end of March was the perfect time of year to visit; we enjoyed temperatures of 75 degrees, low humidity, and sun nearly every day, and the two cities were at their most presentable, with gardens and parks in full bloom. As always, our time was too short; Charleston and Savannah were attractive, friendly, historic, and romantic, and we would like to have at least doubled the length of our visit in each location.

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Charleston

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Francis Marion Hotel

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History: Wars and Hurricanes

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The "Holy City"

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Aiken-Rhett House

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Fort Sumter

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Boone Hall Plantation

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Charleston Hospitality

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Savannah
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Early History and City Layout

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Architecture and Preservation

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The Squares

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Savannah Waterfront 

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Tybee Island

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
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"Land of the Trembling Earth"

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Fauna

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Flora

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Chesser Island Homestead

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