• The Burn
    Adventure,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    Three Sisters: Day Two

    Purple twists of light tinted the sky. The sun hadn’t risen yet. In the distance, there was a faint but strange, honking sound. I turned my head to see Andy’s eyes wide open. He was lying still, listening. “Elk,” he whispered. I strained my ears, trying to hear them. The call sounds like the vuvuzela, the South African instrument we all grew to love during the 2010 World Cup. The rest of our morning was silent, birds still quiet. When the sky grew pink with shades of yellow, I got out of my sleeping bag. The ground was soft with black ash and my flip flops were near useless, but I slipped them on…

  • Three Sisters hiking loop
    Adventure,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    3 Sisters: Day One

    Hey, let’s go for a hike. We’re a hiking sort, me and Andy. Every year we try to spend at least a week in some mountains, walking around. That’s what they call it in other languages: walking. It takes some of the magic out of it, I think. Hiking is more than walking–it implies at least a small amount of challenge, an ample dose of isolation, and a great deal of scenery. We picked The Three Sisters Wilderness area in central Oregon, west of Bend. The highlight of the area, you may have guessed, are three volcanoes called The Three Sisters. Nicknamed Faith, Charity, and Hope, these three volcanoes have been recently…

  • Lifestyle,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Pennies

    You know pennies–the  smallest monetary increment in America. There are often petitions to rid ourselves of pennies, citing all sorts of things from their unnecessary copper usage (the penny is currently 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper), to the annoying pile in jars and cars where the pennies sleep, never redeemed for value. So this year was my 7th wedding anniversary. My husband and I try to come up with creative ways to spend our anniversaries after a few years of going out to dinner seemed at best unsurprising, and at worst, boring. We don’t give each other gifts on our “special day.” Neither of us is particularly good at gift-giving, and…

  • Happy Hour,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: The 5 Spot

    Happy Hour in Savannah isn’t found solely in downtown. To get away from the crowds and the tourists and still have a decent and affordable afternoon is totally doable. Enter Habersham Village and The 5 Spot. This is another offering from the Gaslight Group, which also owns B. Matthews, Blowin’ Smoke, and Abe’s on Lincoln.       But the purpose of this restaurant seems to be the neighborhood watering hole. The happy hour deals are great: Monday through Friday, 3-6 pm. They offer $3 domestic bottles, $1 off draft beer, $4 glasses of wine, $4 wells. In addition, each day of the week offers a special, like Martini Mondays where…

  • Happy Hour,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: Hitch

    We have another new restaurant in Savannah, a changeable smorgasbord of choices in our downtown area. Hitch is the second effort from the gentlemen who run Bay Street’s Treylor Park. While Hitch is occupying the difficult corner of Drayton and Liberty, it is serving some favorites from Treylor Park as well as trying new things. Current experiments seem to include finding a good Happy Hour. They seem to have settled on Monday-Friday Power Hour from 4-6 pm, which boasts 1/2 off all draft beer. We went on a Wednesday, which is also a 1/2 off wine bottles day. Fortunately, Hitch does have some of the tasty brews from local breweries…

  • Lifestyle,  Writing

    Brain Input

    There are so many methods to entertain ourselves these days, so much so that I wonder how over-stimulated I actually am. When I begin a new story that I am unsure of how it will unfold, I try to surround myself with topics that relate to the experience I’m trying to portray, or the questions I am hoping to ask. But with so much media, it isn’t just books that I use as brain input. One of the ways I have taken to expanding my world is listening to podcasts. Since I’ve been home long enough to restart my long walks, I’ve been catching up on my extensive list. Perhaps…

  • Happy Hour,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: Public Kitchen

    The Public Kitchen is a busy place. At the corner of Bull and Liberty, there is always someone going somewhere in Savannah. That sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m serious. There’s a trolley, or a walking tour, or a wedding party passing by. Sitting outside (when the weather is bearable) to people-watch the traffic is pretty great. Want to know what else is great? Public Kitchen has a Happy Hour. Monday through Thursday, 3-6 pm, they serve $4 craft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $6 specialty cocktails and martinis. Specialty cocktails? Don’t mind if I do! They also serve a good snack menu to go with your…

  • Books,  Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Preparation

    To make ready beforehand. Preparation. The word has a Latin etymology, and of course, an Old French ending. Perhaps the origin of a word doesn’t matter much, but we take in words with so much invisible baggage we aren’t aware of how we judge our hodge-podge language. Judging only by the word’s origin, we attribute the sound of it to be more florid, fancy, a bit more high-falutin’. But “preparation” isn’t a fancy thing, quite the opposite. Preparation is working in the dirt, long, late hours, years of toil. So perhaps we should shorten preparation to “prep work,” as this has Dutch and German origins, and sounds more populist because of it.…

  • Happy Hour,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: 9 Drayton

    Nestled in downtown Savannah on Drayton, almost to Bay Street, is 9 Drayton. In the place that I will forever think of as Zunzi’s 2, is a new, upscale restaurant. The menu looks pretty fancy,and when in a fancy bar, I order a fancy thing. The Happy Hour at 9 Drayton is Tuesday through Sunday, 4-6 pm. Their website claims they have “fabulous drink specials,” but from our exploration, we found that the Happy Hour deal was only $2 off drinks. This means that while the beer is affordable, specialty cocktails are still going to run about $10. I chose the Little Hummingbird, which is a champagne cocktail, because it was a…

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    Happy Hour Explorers: Moon River

    On a hot day in downtown Savannah, walking by Moon River Brewing Company’s beer garden can be a blessing or a curse. With overhead fans and open picnic benches, stopping for a quick drink is a pleasure. If you have places to be, however, the promising oasis is nothing but temptation. If the stroll happens to occur between the hours of 4-7 pm daily, then you are in luck, for the strain won’t be on your pocketbook.   Here’s the deal: $1 off draft beer, 1/2 off house wines, and 1/2 off well liquor. If you just need something to quench your thirst for cheap, might I recommend a gin…

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