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31 Days of Spook – Fort Pulaski

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Today I want to talk to you about a place that mom and dad have visited on Tybee Island. It’s called Fort Pulaski, a national monument, located at US Highway 80 E, Savannah, Georgia. Maybe it’s not full of ghosts, but if you close your eyes and listen hard enough perhaps you will still hear the sounds of battle.

The park is open daily from 9AM until 5PM. You can go on a guided tour or roam the grounds by yourself. Mom and dad decided to go by themselves and see what kind of trouble they could get into – go mom/dad.
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After you pay to enter the park, you drive over the Cockspur Island Bridge into the grounds. It’s kind of a dark picture to the right but the trees are gorgeous! Look at all of that rolling lovely green grass! So many places for this little porker to play – pets are welcomed ūüôā

Then you start to see the fort itself – so massive! I don’t know why but mom was just astonished to the ‘moat’ that was around this huge fortress. Mom and dad said they were the only ones there for a bit and the silence from everything was kind of overwhelming.20131027-183243.jpg

It was like you could almost hear the gunshots in the background, the moans of soldiers and people talking. The wind was blowing and you could hear it singing in between the brick walls with the soft sounds of the water echoing. It was kind of eerie.

 

Fort Pulaski is huge. It was overcast this day so some of the pictures are not the best but hopefully you will enjoy them. Mom took this picture to the right as they were walking down to enter into the fort. It looks calm but mom/dad both said that the air was heavy.  They walked all the way down until the other side of the building.

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That’s where there was a bridge that they walked over to enter into the fort itself. For the building to be as old as it is (built in 1861), it is remarkably still intact. You do see some stonework falling inside of the casemates but as a whole, it is grand.

Fireplaces and windows are still standing as well as the cannons in the windows. You’ll even notice on the bottom of the cannon picture where the cannons could slide left/right for positioning of the firing.

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And how would you like to be a prisoner of the fort? Look to this picture to the left of the ‘beds’ they used. Wood slats. Comfy huh? Daddy tried one when mom ‘locked him up’ in prison. It was kind of hard – snorts.

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And I saved the best picture until last.

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I’m not mentioning names but someone thought they would wobble up these torturous stairs to the top of the fort to take a peek. Notice that the stairs do not have handrails. It was a great view at the top and I would have a picture to share if only mom remembered to bring the camera – silly mom. And she wasn’t crawling back down to get the camera she said. And also let’s say that mom took the adventure of the stairs and that night it hurt in every place possible. That’ll teach mom not to climb and old fort like she was a teenager – snorts.

Oh, and another missed photo opportunity mom/dad made. They saw and met a beautiful white German Shepherd while visiting the Fort. She was so friendly and mom got to love on her for a while with her parents.

So the question remains. Is Fort Pulaski haunted? Mom asked one of the workers and she was told no. Is it spooky – yes. Do you pick up “feelings” of days gone – yes. Mom and dad both said they could close their eyes and hear and picture in their minds the activity that happened once upon a time. ¬†

Since mom/dad have been back home, I’ve done a lot of research on Fort Pulaski. ¬†To my amazement, there have been many encounters with the unknown at the Fort over the years. ¬†There was a story about a mother and son visiting the fort that were crossing over the draw bridge to enter into the fort. ¬†They met a Confederate sentry dressed in uniform with his sword. ¬†They spoke to him about his outfit and the fort. ¬†The mother then inquired about a restroom and he advised that he could not leave his position to show her. ¬†She thanked the man and with her son she continued into the fort to ask about the restrooms. ¬†There she was advised that the restrooms were at the entrance. ¬†She became upset and told the man about the soldier she spoke to at the drawbridge. ¬†The man advised her that they had no soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms at the fort.

Then there was a time that a group of Confederate re-enactors placed a wreath at the graves in 1994. ¬†They then settled down for the night and camped out. ¬†During the night, a young 12 year old boy couldn’t sleep and was walking around the fort. ¬†Nearing the graves, he saw a figure of a Confederate soldier in uniform on his knees near the grave they had put the wreath. ¬†The soldier had his hat in his hand, then stood and faded away into the air.

Then during further research, I learned that an actor that you might have heard of did a movie at Fort Pulaski back in 2009.  The movie was called The Conspirator and the actor was Robert Redford.

It’s up to you to decide if it’s haunted or not. ¬†Maybe someone needs to let the worker at the shop know that there has been some cases of mysterious sightings. ¬†It was definitely an adventure that mom/dad would be willing to do again… of course minus the stairs – snorts.

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Posted by on October 18, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon

 

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Travels in the South

Everyone should have that one great Mexican restaurant that they always have on their ‘go to’ list when nothing else sounds good for dinner. ¬†You know what I mean. ¬†There is always the constant, “Where do you want to eat”, conversation going on here at the Hotel Thompson. ¬†It’s daily and it always ends with, “It doesn’t matter. ¬†Whatever you want.” ¬†I piggy swear that sometimes they need to write all of the local restaurants down on pieces of paper, fold them and put them in a box. ¬†When these nights come up about where do you want to eat, randomly pick a piece of paper out of said box – problem solved.

This was one of those nights where mom/dad just automatically skipped the conversation and went straight to their stand by of Mexican food. ¬†It’s a no brainer. ¬†They don’t even have to decide what to order because they always get the same thing and split the meal. ¬†What is it you ask?

This wonderful meal is called¬†Tacos De Alambre. ¬†It’s made with flour tortillas, grilled steak, onions and bell peppers. ¬†Mom also gets her Tacos De Alambre topped with¬†Chihuahua cheese. ¬†This is a great Mexican melty yummy cheese. ¬†Can you say delicious?

 
 

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Boo! Cue Scary Music – It’s Friday the 13th

You know, normally this day would not bother me. ¬†BUT, thanks to daddy I’m a nervous wreck this morning. ¬†For some odd reason, mommy gave him control of the television remote last night thus he picked movie night. ¬†He picked – you got it – Friday the 13th. ¬†Mommy tried to warn me that it wasn’t pig rated and I should go to my room and watch my television. ¬†I didn’t listen because I’m a big pig. ¬†Why didn’t I listen?? ¬†After the movie, which I might add is oh so scary!, dad gently reminded me that today is Friday the 13th. ¬†Gee dad, thanks so much for that wonderful and so caring reminder.

Today’s not scary. ¬†It’s just a date, right. ¬†Repeat after me. ¬†It’s just a number. ¬†Numbers are not scary. ¬†Numbers are our friends. ¬†Right? ¬†I’m trying to convince myself you that there is nothing wrong with today being that evil Friday the 13th. ¬†Really… it’s just a date.

There’s lots of Fridays in the month. ¬†There’s a 13th in every month. ¬†It happens every month. ¬†So what’s the big deal? ¬†Who am I trying to convince? ¬†Today is a scary day. ¬†It’s Friday the 13th! ¬†I’ve watched the movie and what has been watched can not be unwatched.

And dad, he is milking this day for all of what it is worth. ¬†He is SO not helping. ¬†I know you are just paying me back for all of the times that I have ‘barked’ and oinked at you. ¬†For all of the times that I wouldn’t share mommy with you. ¬†I know pay back is bad.

But really, I woke up to this mask hanging on my bedroom door.  Are you trying to give this little pig a heart attack so early in the morning?  You knew I was already flipping out with the date and the movie.  Bad daddy Рbad!

Then daddy, if you really are my daddy – snorts,¬†you fixed me breakfast this morning. ¬†I should have known you were up to no good by doing that. ¬†You never fix me breakfast – always mommy. ¬†And everyone, you’re probably thinking that was real sweet of ole dad doing that, right? ¬†Until he called me for breakfast. ¬†“Jason, your breakfast is ready.” ¬†Really? ¬†You’ve gone just too far with that one dad of mine.

And then dad said to mom, “Hey, let’s go to Camp Crystal Lake this weekend?” ¬†Thud – piggy down. ¬†Dad, I will pay you back with this date. ¬†Really, I will.

Happy Friday the 13th my friends.  

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini


Sometimes a pooch just has to do what a pooch has to do.¬† You know what I mean?¬† Like for instance sometimes at night I’m ready to go to bed before mom/dad.¬† So I grabbed Mr. Donkey and went towards my bedroom… AKA mom/dad’s bedroom.¬† I jumped in the bed with Mr. Donkey, we snuggled in and I went to sleep.¬† This is how mom found me later on in the evening when she couldn’t find me.¬† What?¬† I’m big enough to admit that I like to cuddle when I go to sleep.¬† Mom/dad weren’t there to cuddle so I made do with Mr. Donkey.¬† What’s a pooch to do, right?¬† Yawns… in fact I need to get caught up on some more sleep.¬† So with that in mind, I leave you with Jokes with Daddy.¬† Hope you enjoy it my friends.

 
 

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Travels in the South

Have you ever tasted something that was so wrong but yet so rightfully delicious?  Mom was just so glad that she got daddy to eat his vegetables.  What vegetables you ask?  Well, we are here in the south where if you stay in one place for too long, they will deep fry you.  Okay maybe not you personally but anything food wise.

At this particular restaurant, they have breaded deep fried crispy green beans.  You heard that right.  Deep fried green beans.  They serve these magnificent veggies with a cucumber wasabi ranch sauce.  You get a little spice with a little veggie with a little breaded goodness.  Have you ever tried fried green beans?

 

 
 

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Paw Time with Houdini

Barks!¬† Hello sweet friends.¬† Welcome to another week of Paw Time with Houdini.l¬† Don’t you just dig this picture of me?¬† See that white stuff around my mouth?¬† Nah, I’m not foaming white stuff from Day of the Dead.¬† Barks with puppy laughter.¬† That’s doggie ice cream.¬† Mom was feeding me ice cream before bed.¬† She’s cool like that.¬† And those are my new jammies.¬† She was telling daddy I already had poo on my jammies.¬† Do you see it?¬† HA!¬† I love these jammies.¬† Hope you’ve had a great week.¬† Things are getting back to normal here… whatever normal is.¬† Now I leave you with Jokes with Daddy.¬† Enjoy friends and get some extra cuddles this weekend.

 
 

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Travels in the South

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I agree. ¬†Mom has fixed me omelettes for breakfast and dinner. ¬†However, I’ve never had an omelette like this one before. ¬†It seems mom likes something called a Colorado Omelette. ¬†It has all kinds of wonderful yummy stuff in it – some things I can’t mention because well I’m an oinker and it wouldn’t be good for me so I’m letting mom take it from here.

For obvious reasons – this omelette is loaded. ¬†Loaded with goodness that is. ¬†It has bacon, sausage, shredded beef, ham, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. ¬†And let’s not forget to top off that deliciously wonderful omelette with salsa. ¬†Yum. ¬†Have you ever had an omelette topped with salsa? ¬†It just brings so much more to the table.

 

 
 

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