Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Savannah Riverboat Cruise - 04/22/14


Tuesday – April 22, 2014
Riverboat Cruise
Savannah, Georgia

Another beautiful day greeted us this morning. We enjoyed a sunny sky, with the temperature in the low eighties, while we took a walking tour of the Savannah Historic District and the Riverfront Plaza. The walking tour provided us with the opportunity to visit some of the historic homes that we had seen during the Old Town Trolley Tour we had taken on Monday. These majestic homes built in the early 1800s, with their wrought iron balconies, porches and fences is simply breathtaking in beauty.

While on the waterfront at the Riverfront Plaza, we took a one-hour narrated cruise on the Savannah River aboard the Georgia Queen, a paddlewheel riverboat. The paddlewheel is for show only. The riverboat is actually a propeller driven boat, powered by multiple diesel engines. The cruise takes the visitor by the Savannah terminal port where large merchant ships dock to unload their cargo and take on new cargo. These cargo ships are several stories high and dwarf the Georgia Queen. These cargo ships require fairly deep water to navigate on the river to the terminal ports, so the river is frequently dredged between the Atlantic Ocean and the ports to maintain a forty-two foot depth to accommodate their draft.

We had a late lunch on the waterfront at the Bayou Café. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, so we chose a table with a view of the Savannah River. I had the Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage and Sharon had the Ruben Sandwich. The Ruben Sandwich was just okay. We’ve had a much better Ruben Sandwich at several restaurants in the Chicago area. The Red Beans and Rice dish was delicious. So I guess the morel to the story is to stick to the selections on the menu that are native to that locale.

Miles walked today: 7.71

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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