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The trail begins

Updated: Jul 29, 2018

What quote am I vibing? "The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for." Louis L'Amour

What am I listening to? Audiobook: When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger

How many miles did I travel today? Ooops. I can definitely get you that information. (Edit: 375)

Road Day: 1

I'm on the road!!! And, surprise!! I'm in Savannah, GA for the night.

I thought that the Outer Banks beach rental began today, but was antsy about the 13 hour drive, and thought I might be late to Outer Banks, but it turns out the OBX rental starts TOMORROW, and I was always able to take my good old time getting there! Greg offered to get me a room in Savannah, and I was very excited for the opportunity to have many hours to explore this historical and beautiful town!

And, amazingly, I just STUMBLED upon Theodore Roosevelt's great-great grandfather, Archibald Bulloch. I love cemeteries, but didn't want to take the time to drive to the famous Bonaventure Cemetery here in Savannah, but rather chose to walk to the Colonial Cemetery right downtown.

(WARNING FOR THIS AND ALL FUTURE HISTORY LESSONS FROM ME: I will always try and give you an idea of from where I obtained my historical information if I can, but this is not an academic blog, and my memory of facts is, at best, "romantic." I will do my best, but I encourage you to do your own research if a story catches your fancy.)

Something that is not widely discussed about TR is that, while the Roosevelts were very urban New Yorkers, through and through - Teddy's mother, Martha Bulloch (called "Mittie") was a true Southern "belle." Little Teedie was a young boy during the Civil War, and his uncles fought for the South. His father, on the other hand, did not fight at all. He hired a substitute soldier in his stead, but was involved with efforts to get the Union soldiers paid appropriately, and their money routed to their families.

It was thought that perhaps he hired a substitute so that he would not have to face the possibility of fighting against his wife's brothers, but it was a common practice for fancy men to hire substitutes, and I suspect that may have been just a good excuse. (Sorry TR, Sr. - gotta keep it real!)

In any case, though Teddy throughout his life confirmed the cause of the Union was the right one, he did admire his uncles' bravery. His fascination with the Navy came from his admiration for them, and probably too, his fighting spirit. He was a Roosevelt, one of the NY buttoned-up elite. But he was also an explorer. A fighter. A rebel. (Not that kind of rebel, relax.) <This story was mostly brought to you by Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough.>

That surprise made my day, and the rest of Savannah was equally as thrilling. You can feel the rich history at every turn - it is definitely my kind of place. Will return. But now, will sleep. The lead up to my departure was exhausting and I will take this week to catch up on some zzzzs.

Zoom in, and check out the last line - I stumbled upon TR's great-great-grandpa!

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