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Wormsloe Plantation - Savannah, GA

Dear Travel Diary,
The Wormsloe Historic Site, informally known as the Wormsloe Plantation, consists of 822 acres and protects the estate established by one Georgia's colonial founders, Noble Jones.
Entering the site is dramatic, as the avenue of Oak trees and hanging Spanish moss seemingly stretches into oblivion.

It guides you to Savannah's oldest tabby ruins, to the marsh lands, to the river where the silence of history seems to rest in peace. The formation of the state of Georgia is linked to this spot, so walking the site of such significance made me feel quite small.

Tabby is a type of concrete made by burning oyster shells to create lime, then mixing it with sand, water, ash and broken oyster shells. The substance is thick and strong, making it an ideal material to construct a dual purpose home and defensive fort.

These marsh lands feed into Savannah's harbor, so Jones was able to see invaders before they docked in the city with time to warn people.

Eventually, a grand plantation home was constructed on the property, but unfortunately, it was moved to serve as a private home. We were disappointed to learn this, but still came away with knowledge of the city's colonial history. It was worth the visit.

If you go:
7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA 31406

The Sorrel Weed House - Savannah, GA

Dear Travel Diary,
When Nick and I explored Savannah a few years ago, we passed the Sorrel Weed House.

We never went inside, which is regrettable.

This picture I took inspired a lot of Internet sleuthing as I sought out its story. It's an interesting one.

The property represents one of the finest examples of Greek Revival and Regency architecture, often attracting world-renowned architects to Savannah to study its design. It's a historic landmark and a museum, holding the distinction of being the first home in Georgia to be named a state landmark in 1954.

Located on the corner of Bull Street and Harris Street, the home's 16,000-square feet tell a remarkable tale.

It was the boyhood home of Brigadier General Moxley Sorrel, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee is said the have visited the house in the early 1860s, as he was friends with Francis Sorrel.

Also, the opening scene of Forrest Gump was filmed from the home's rooftop.

Immediately those with an interest in Civil War history and iconic films consider the Sorrel Weed house a major tourist draw.

Savannah, with its hanging Spanish Moss and historical ties to major American conflicts, is considered the most haunted city in the country. If you land on Runway 10 at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, there are marked gravestones in it. A runway extension during World War II placed the path directly through a family plot, and whether visitors pursue it or not, they are immediately thrust into the city's culture for embracing the afterlife.

Here's the thing: I'm skeptical. But I cannot deny the energy in this city.

Have you read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? I bought it as a souvenir of our travels, and have read and re-read the book time and time again.

Back to the house. It was built by Francis Sorrel in the 1840s, and after the passing of his first wife a few years later, Sorrel married his wife's younger sister, Matilda. But Francis had his vices, including a long-time affair with one of his slaves, Molly. She was given preferential treatment, and her own private quarters above the carriage house beside the main home.

When Matilda found her husband in bed with Molly, she leapt from a second story balcony in a fit of rage, killing herself.

Weeks later, Molly's body was found hanging in her room. Legend states she was driven to suicide by Matilda's ghost.

Often I wonder if people assign the word "haunted" to a historic property due to its documented timeline of events. The Sorrel Weed House has suicides, slaves were kept there and the Civil War tore through Savannah, so understandably, these events add to the home's intrigue.

Plus, historical records indicate the home is located next to or possibly above the site of The Siege of Savannah. This 1779 assault during the Revolutionary War is considered to be one of the bloodiest, with over 1,000 casualties recorded.

Whatever belief you hold, the Sorrel Weed House is a direct link to the past.

If you go:
6 West Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Frogs on the Window

Dear Diary,
Frogs are weird.
And they're everywhere.

I expected to find them around our property.

I did not expect to find them climbing our windows.

There is a small pond across the street from the house, which without a doubt explains the vast number of frogs around here.

Perhaps another reason they climb the windows is to avoid predators.

They treat their window placements like a seat at a buffet table.
Since it means less bugs, feast away!

Flowers on 215th

Dear Photography Diary,

I'm documenting more of our property today, as we've discovered more flowers have bloomed.

RELATED POST: In The Backyard

These brilliant purple flowers cascade up a ladder alongside the house.

Dirt Road Anthem ...

The view from our formal living room is lush and very green. The comment was made that I must post pictures of the property in its fall color glory. That's partial motivation for posting these pictures today - comparisons.

Right now, in addition to the Kelly Green leaves and brush, purple wildflowers dot the landscape. A sharp eye is required to see the deer that feed.

RELATED POST: Summer Trails

Our property is close to the Interstate, but to be honest, the bullfrogs that call this pond across the street home are much louder than the traffic. It's all translated into a white noise that makes restful sleep possible. I cannot believe how well the whole family sleeps at night.

The Last Summer Lacrosse Game - Shakopee, MN

Dear Diary,

On July 19, Landen played the last "official" lacrosse game of the summer season.

A couple weekends ago, Landen's team took the top spot at a tournament for his U10 age group. It was without a doubt a highlight, and the glory of the accomplishment was celebrated.

It got me thinking though - the firsts are just as important.

The first catch ...

The first completed pass, the first time cradling the ball without dropping it, the first goal ... there is also glory in the beginning because it provides a foundation to build upon.

In this game, Landen played midfielder and was called upon to assist in the firsts of a few of his teammates who just started playing the sport this season.

One of whom, scored his first ever goal.

(Going to X to set up the shot ...) 

His firsts began when he was 5. Now, we watch to discover where it leads.

In The Backyard

Dear Photography Diary,
The other day, I photographed the rain.

You can see it streak across the image, and you can see the drops bounce off the deck's wood railing.

I left my DIY-tiki torches out by mistake.

Landen's scrimmage was cancelled the following evening, so while he scanned the grounds with his metal detector, I took more pictures. He found a penny. I found wild mushrooms.

The summer sun lingers long into the evening hours. I loved how it danced on the leaves that line the path out to the shop.

2017 Centennial Summer Sizzle Tournament - Blaine, MN

Dear Diary,

This post is written from the heart of one proud mother right now.

But truly, my son and his teammates deserve all of the glory.

I know I have posted quite a bit about lacrosse, but that's because it has such a large hold on our summer calendar. Especially on tournament weekends - we can expect to log a lot of time on the sidelines. This past weekend was no exception.

The team wrapped tournament play undefeated, and entered the championship bracket as the No. 1 Seed for U10. They managed to deliver first losses to two undefeated teams, including their rematch against a very strong team from Stillwater. 

 Tigers on 3 ...

They won their semifinal with a score 8-1 which sent them to the championship game. It was the furtherest Landen has advanced in a tournament, so we were all equal parts excited and nervous. As of September 1, Landen will move into the next age group so I couldn't think of a more fitting way to close his experiences here.

I wanted this so badly for him, for his teammates - many of whom he's played with for the past 4 years. Knowing how far they've progressed and improved with their fundamentals, the Farmington sideline cheered for each player and encouraged them.

They won 11-6, and the celebrations began as soon as the buzzer sounded.

Gloves were tossed, and Landen tackled his goalie.

The excitement was felt by all, and we laughed at the air time some of these kids achieved.

The head coach got soaked ...

And Landen posed with his gold medal and First Place team trophy. It'll likely hold a place of honor at the district's indoor arena. He has been excelling at the Center D position, and scored two goals in the tournament including one during the championship game.

Of course, a picture with his coaches. You did it, bud!