Georgia, Out & About, Savannah River, Southern, Tall & Handsome

Along the Savannah River, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Along the Savannah River

By Beverly Hicks Burch

This past weekend Tall & Handsome and I decided to take a break from “nesting” (translate unpacking a bazillion boxes).

We had heard about the Riverwalk in Augusta, GA and although we didn’t really get to explore it because an earlier rainstorm had made it rather warm and muggy, we did get to see a very small portion of the River and Riverwalk.

The Savannah River is an alluvial river. Its headwaters begin in the mountains of North Carolina and it flows through South Carolina and Georgia before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary boundary between Georgia and South Carolina. The River is one of Georgia’s longest and largest waterways and it also provides water to two major Georgia metropolitan areas – Augusta and Savannah.

There is a move within the community of Augusta to cultivate the riverfront much like San Antonio has their Riverwalk. As someone who’s been to both, I would like to see Augusta pursue that goal. San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a fantastic, awesome attraction…and I’m sure it infuses the city’s economy with tourism dollars. At the moment, Augusta’s Riverwalk is a baby Riverwalk in the making taking baby steps…and it has great potential if it emphasizes the areas history, ambiance, culture, geography and people.

There are many old homes downtown, some being restored to their former glory. It does my heart good to see these treasures appreciated. Augusta holds the claim as the home of the oldest African-American church in the United Stated. Springfield Baptist Church traces its roots back to 1773. Augusta is also the home of “the Godfather of Soul” James Brown, whose name can be found on many locations in Augusta. Just outside Augusta, between Augusta and the South Carolina border there is a canal that dates back to the 1840’s.

As an East Tennessee girl who grew up in the foothills of the Appalachians of central Alabama the geography of the area is different. I do miss the mountains, but overall, the warmth of the Southern people here ease homesickness…it is the South after all! The soil is a little more sandy…it’s nearer the coast…just a couple of hours and even though the temperature is very similar to Birmingham, it can be just a tad hotter…just enough to grow palm trees outside! And the cuisine is more Low Country Southern…and I seem to get a hankering for seafood more often *grin*.

We enjoyed our little outing the other day…it was a refreshing change we needed. I hope you enjoy the pictures…

© Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

© Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.


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