Friday, May 10, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Days 9 -11 – Onward to Charleston, Gilligan's, Angel Oak, Old Friend

We closed up shop and got on the road about 10:15 for 105 mile run from Savannah up to the Charleston area but first some thoughts on Savannah's Creek Fire Motor Ranch.  They refer to themselves as a resort but they have a way to go to get there but I believe they will.  The place has only been open for about 18 months and they mostly concrete pads with all good utilities except for a terrible WiFi.  Check in was friendly and efficient and they provided a nice packet of information.  The pool area was nice but the hot tub was nearly unusable due to the chlorine amount in the water.  They don’t offer cable TV but some sites have a Direct TV dish that requires using a box provided by them – not an issue since we have our own dish.  It’s about a 25 minute drive into downtown via I-95 and I-16 but there are many stores and restaurants near the resort - if ever again in the area I would stay there.

We rolled in to Oak Plantation Campgroundsouth of Charleston, around 12:15pm and were assigned site G5, got set up, and relaxed prior to going out for supper.  I held my breath, but the low coolant level alarm didn’t come on during the trip.  This is our site which was nearly dead level.

For supper, the group went to Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant near the campground – I didn’t take any pics but Cindy took a few.  The ladies began with some delicious cocktails and Cindy and I split a dozen raw oysters which were very good but way to small for their $16 price tag - that's a small cocktail fork. 

For our meals, Cindy had the Honey Blackened Salmon ($20), Pat had the Shrimp Scampi Pasta ($19), Bev had the Surf & Turf - Blackened Shrimp (the SURF) stack on fried green tomatoes (the TURF). Served over cheesy grits ($10) – definitely a great value.

and I had the Fried Shrimp and Oyster Combo ($23).  We all enjoyed our meals and I would go back there again.

On Monday, we began the day by doing some chores such as washing the Love Bugs off of the coach front, then the group went for lunch to another nearby place called Angel Oak Restaurant.  The place was small, not at all fancy and appeared to be where the locals eat, so my kind of restaurant.

For our meals Bev had a Salmon sandwich with mac & cheese ($12), Pat had chicken salad on a bed of lettuce ($10), Cindy had the Veggie Sandwich ($12), 

and I had the Daily Special - Boneless, skinless fried chicken breasts over warm biscuit, topped with sawmill gravy, served with a side salad ($12).  

I was planning something different until the server showed us the daily special on its way to another table.

Everyone enjoyed their meals except Bev didn’t get much salmon for the size of her sandwich bun.  However, the unique beignets she ordered for dessert were outstanding – very different and much better than Café Du Monde in NOLA.

After lunch we all drove the few miles down to Angel Oak Tree which is believed to be 400-500 years old, is 187’ wide, and shades an area of 17000 sq. ft.  It’s 65’ tall and 28’ around the trunk as you can tell from this pic of Cindy.

This is our group.

Then for supper we had an impromptu hot dog roast where everyone just brought something they had on hand to share - I like gatherings like that.

On Wed, we went out to Isle of Palms to visit with old friends of mine from college and the best man in my first wedding.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. Lots of good eating there with a great bunch of people. love this huge live oak trees. they are massive.

  2. Great food and visiting friends, perfect! I love Savannah, been there many times, a favorite city for sure. Sounds like you had a great time!

  3. That tree is amazing! Looks like a nice visit.

  4. I want to be living like y'all are. Still a few years from retirement though.

  5. Larry, Love that tree! It's a dandy... Bev's surf and turf looks great...and unique as well! I would definitely order it! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. That tree is AMAZING! My husband and I noticed that the branches are the size of regular trees! Your chicken on a biscuit with gravy has me drooling.


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