Happiness Highlights: Savannah

I’m going to start keeping track of my weekly Happiness Highlights, and I invite you to join in if you’re so inclined.

What are Happiness Highlights? Things that have brought me joy, peace, or happiness in the last week.

What’s the point? To remember to be grateful. To focus on the good, because it is what we focus on that grows. To be able to better answer the question, “what makes you happy?”

Now that we have the explanations out of the way, let’s get to this week’s Happiness Highlights!

Happiness Highlights: (Almost) Savannah

Ironically, we have yet to step foot into Savannah’s famed Historic District. We’ll actually be doing that today, but so far we’ve spent all of our time at Skidaway Island State Park, Tybee Island, and at the local library and coffee shops where I can access free wifi to work. Despite this lack of progress beyond the borders of Savannah, we’ve already found plenty of joy here.

I have dozens and dozens of pictures of the trees that line the roads at Skidaway Island State Park. I’m in awe of their natural drama and consistently fail to translate what I see with my eyes into a photograph. I think it may be something you have to see in order to really appreciate.

Our nights around the fire have been an unexpected source of joy. I have never been an avid camper or lover of The Great Outdoors. I hate the way a campfire smells. But I love working together to build a fire and cook a meal. The process is slow and quiet and not at all like the experience of “getting dinner on the table.”

We haven’t made all of our meals over the campfire. We asked around to find out what a typical meal in Savannah might look like and heard about Low Country Boil (seen here before it was drained.) We hit the local grocery store and seafood market and then spent a really long time peeling shrimp. The end result was something we’d never heard of before that tasted delicious.

The joy came, again, in the simple pride of making something together and the sense of accomplishment from learning something new.

And again with the simple nature. Who the hell am I and what have one of you done with Britt?

We spent an afternoon at Tybee Island’s North Beach, a tiny beach with no lifeguard and no large crowds. We played in the waves. Over and over again we crouched in anticipation and then let the water lift us up off of our feet as it rushed towards the shoreline. We laughed and squealed and held hands in the surf.

Over and over again, what brought me joy this week was doing the simplest activities with my small family of four. It wasn’t seeing new things or exploring exotic locations. It was making a meal, riding through the woods, rolling in the Atlantic. It was slow and lazy and luxurious.

It was love.

What brought you joy this week?

If you decide to post your own Happiness Highlights, please feel free to share the link in the comments. I’d love to see what’s making you happy right now!

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  1. B.E. Earl says:

    A Lowcountry Boil is alternatively called Frogmore Stew.

    Which makes me immensely happy.

  2. The Low Country Boil has me intrigued….

    • Miss Britt says:

      So. Freaking. Good. Someone sent me the recipe on Twitter, which of course means that I can’t find it now.

      Basically -

      Put potatoes in water.
      Add seasoning (seafood boil seasoning and Old Bay seasoning)
      Bring to boil
      Add corn and sausage.
      Bring to boil.
      Add shrimp.
      Boil 5 more minutes.

      THAT IS IT!

  3. That first picture with the trees looks like a postcard! Seriously.

    Savannah is magical and I’ve loved the time I’ve spent there. Everything has its own life: the food, the mysticism, the landscape.

    Your journey is so exciting! I’m so happy for you!

  4. Georgia is so pretty. I wish I’d gotten to see more of it!

    Also, your pictures are making me really want to jump in an RV and go.

  5. zengrrl says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Tybee Island – I had a feeling you would. =)

  6. Nanna says:

    Slowing down and just BEING often brings us our best moments of joy.

    Or so I’ve heard. :)

  7. I just just imagine how fresh those trees smell! What an amazing photo!

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with the interwebs. It’s post like these that remind me how important it is to take time to enjoy those small (or big) moments with my family. We went for a walk as a family last night…simple…yet so fun!

  8. muskrat says:

    I have a conference every year in October at St Simons Island, not far from where y’all are, and I used to go to Savannah a good bit for work. You’re in a lovely spot right now!

    I was made happy when, for just an hour or so, the 4yo and 2yo were playing well together in the back yard while I held the 1yo in my lap and watched them.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Is it just me, or are our children capable of being sources of immense joy and extreme frustration, all within a ten minute time frame?

  9. Krystel says:

    I miss Savannah so much. We are a military family and lived there 3 years ago and then moved to Hawaii and now we are in NC.

    I miss that place more then anything . Please make sure you visit the circles in the Downtown historic area. Hit Wormsloe Park and run down the road like Forrest did in Forrest Gump and be sure to visit the Mercer House from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    Don’t forget to get some yummy birthday cake gellato from the Savannah Candy Factory or catch some of the flying free taffy :) or a yummy free warm praline!

  10. Lisa says:

    That low country boil looks really good! Your photos so far have been wonderful! I know you said it’s hard to capture the trees, but I loved that one you put on Facebook with the sun coming through the Spanish moss.

    I was made happy by sunset photos, baby head sniffing on Saturday (he’s still the cutest baby in the history of ever), and the fact that this weekend I spent a lot of time building my new blog and it works and is actually pretty awesome looking. I even manage to fix it after I broke it so badly that all I got was a white page and one error code. That was incredibly gratifying and I felt like a little kid, proud for “doing it myself.”

  11. Heather says:

    So glad to have you here!

    And happy you loved Low Country Boil…you know, when we do boils, we dump that whole pot of goodness across a newspaper lined table and everyone just digs out what they want. It’s family-style dining at it’s finest and most humble.

    Enjoy downtown today!

  12. Karin says:

    Tybee Island has been on my list of places to visit forever. I am so glad you had such a great time! The low country boil looks scrumptious enough that I may need to check out a recipe or two!

    • Miss Britt says:

      It might be a little difficult to find the seasoning in some parts of the country, but I’m not sure. Maybe I just never saw them because I wasn’t looking for them before!

  13. Megan says:

    I had a nice, low-key girl’s night with my mom on Friday. And I also finally got some of my pictures up on my own living room wall.

  14. Bonnie says:

    I’m so glad you’re seeing the joy of RVing! It’s so hard to explain the joy in those small moments. I wish I was there, Britt.

  15. Anissa says:

    I HATE that I will miss you while you’re close, but I’m loving this trip with you.

  16. Dinwizzle says:

    The thing that’s making me happy this week? Despite a huge job ($) reduction I have projects in the works, new possible opportunities and I’ve discovered twitter. Let a new obsession begin. Ha!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with the world! I’m glad I started following your blog again and caught the beginning of the journey!!

  17. Anissa says:

    You know I’m just using you you to test gravatar

  18. martymankins says:

    Low country boil looks very good. And I bet it was tasty, too.

    Source of joy this last week? knowing that I’m making videos again.

  19. annettek says:

    My happiness is that my decluttering is almost complete and we are moving in 2 weeks to a condo near Boston. Let the adventure begin!

  20. you might not be capturing exactly what you are seeing in those tree lined streets, but BAM!, that is one hell of a fantastic photo to me. love it.
    this past weekend i found happiness in having a fantastic salad made for me after helping my aunt fix her swimming pool’s ladder, in cheering on the pride parade, in taking in the annual three rivers arts festival with friends (that included the best corn dog on a stick in the history of corn dogs), in looking at my new artwork on the walls, in supporting a local greek church by eating waaaaaaaaaay too much greek food and in spending a few hours fishing.
    although i was reminded yet again that i prefer the act of fishing much, much more than actually catching the fish. i feel bad for ripping those huge bass outta the water only to throw them back in after putting a hole or two in their lips. before next time i am gonna pinch down the barbs on the hooks to make it harder for me to catch em. shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone, k?

  21. Jamie says:

    It was funny – when I saw your post from Yulee, we were spending the weekend at Amelia. And Tybee is awesome it’s the closet “beach” to us. And your Low County Boil looks amazing. Keep enjoying the surf.

  22. naomi says:

    oh man Britt … you’re making me homesick … for a home that wasn’t truly mine, but one that I adopted after Husb and I got married …

    Husb’s family is in GA and boy do I love that state … and low country boils … and pulled pork with brusnwick stew … and Tybee … and the smell of a campfire (esp love the smell it leaves in your hair .. how can you NOT like that?)

    Oy … enjoy every second of those things that are making you happy, girl!

  23. Simplicity is indeed the secret to happiness and I’m so pleased you have discovered it as well. This trip will change you in ways you cannot imagine and I’m so happy for you. Sending you a big hug.

  24. Lula Lola says:

    We do lowcountry boils all the time. It’s the easiest thing in the world to fix for a crowd. I’m in Surfside Beach, SC. Just south of Myrtle Beach. I read that you’re heading this way. I have to say, Huntington Beach State Park is a great place. It’s in Pawleys Island, about 20 minutes from Myrtle, but a different world. Very slow paced. Very beautiful.
    Garden City is north of Pawleys, South of Myrtle and has a surf shop called Village Surf Shoppe that gives surfing lessons. My kids love it. They had my five year old up last summer within an hour. It’s lots of fun for all ages.
    Sara J’s in Garden City has good seafood. And our favorite is in Murrells Inlet, The Inlet Crab House. It is an old fish shack, not a nice restaurant dressed up to look like a seafood shack. It’s the real deal. Ask for Keisha to wait on you, she’s great. The fish bites(grouper) appetizer may be my favorite food in all the world. And the shrimp salad, made with itty bitty creek shrimp, is on time as well. Can’t go wrong with the oyster po’ boys either.
    Garden City pier has a band most nights and is a fun place to have a drink and people watch. The kids and adults are known to cut a rug.
    Also, Wild Water and Wheels, Surfside Beach’s water park is pretty fun. And if you go after 5pm, it’s a third of the price. Less than $8 a person, I think.
    Sorry to have high jacked your comments!
    Hope you have a good time on your trip! We’ve enrolled our boys in online school for the coming year with the hopes of some heavy duty traveling. Good times ahead!

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