BRAVE THE R.E.D. FRIDAY means starting our morning with coffee and doughnuts. Ron is SO patriotic.
And it means Remembering Everyone Deployed Program. The American Legion graciously “presented colors”
while Kay sang our National Anthem. A special treat was the barbershop quartet who serenaded us; they were amazing!
They began by singing the song for each branch of the service, while our veterans were acknowledged.
We would like to specifically acknowledge Bob, our World War II Veteran, as well as several in our group who served more than one armed force. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Before ending the program, the barber shop quartet sang some oldies but goodies. WHAT A TREAT!
Once we boarded our motorcoach, we were off to the Crab Shack for lunch. Boiled shrimp and crab stew, deviled crab and clam chowder, chicken salad sandwich with corn and coleslaw, BBQ pork and Brunswick stew or sausage dog topped with peppers and onions and Cape Cod Chips. What could be better?
Milling around the sanctuary, our guests found all kinds of things to get into.
We then toured the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum. The Lighthouse was completed in 1736. Because of fire, it’s been replaced several times.
Upon climbing the 178 steps, we found out just how out of shape we were.
Across the street from the lighthouse complex was “the battery” (pictured below, left). It was used for gun placement during the War of 1812. Wow, oceanfront, that would have been a good “deployment.”
Prior to 1933, before the Lighthouse was converted to electricity, 3 light keepers were required to “man” the lighthouse. Each keeper had their own house. The Summer kitchen was built in 1812 (photo above right, little white building on the left), The 1st Assistant keepers cottage was built in 1885 (photo above right, building to the left next to the summer kitchen). The 2nd Assistant Keepers cottage was built in 1861 (photo above right, building on the right). The head keepers cottage was built in 1881 (photo above right, building in the middle). Quite comfortable, inside pictured below.
In the short film about the lighthouse, a woman was interviewed who grew up in the lightkeepers house. Her father and grandfather were keepers. She talked about how she and her 5 siblings would always run over to the lighthouse and sign in using movie star names hoping that their dad would not know it was them. Of course he did. HAHAHA
We then made a beeline to Seaside Sweets for some old fashion candy and ice cream. YUM YUM YUM!
A visit to Tybee Island is not complete without a “Captain Derek Dolphin Adventure.” Watching the dolphins jumping and playing off of Capt. Derek’s very Powerful Wave Creating Dolphin Surfing Machine was pretty awesome!
While Kay sang to the dolphins,
we waited for their appearance. We were not disappointed.
Completing our perfect day was dinner at The Shell House. Ordering off the menu, shrimp, oysters, low country boil, catfish.
What else could you ask for?