I always wanted to take a carriage tour of Savannah.
Okay. To be more honest, I wanted to take a carriage tour and leap onto the back of the Percheron and cut the harness straps and take off at a gallop.
But I didn't want to get my amazing brother-in-law and fabulous niece in trouble, so I stayed in my seat.
Most of the time.
It was marvelous, you know. I highly recommend the fantastic tour guides, comfortable carriages, and gorgeous horses of Historic Savannah Carriage Tours, and especially with the Dread Pirate Robert or his daughter Becca as your guide.
He dresses in character, knows all the best stories, and even brings a sidekick.
On Thanksgiving, I got to chew on the toes of his brother, Oliver.
Or at least that's what it looks like.
Um, why am I smoking that parrot?
Anyway, the entire family enjoyed our private tour with niece Becca at the reins, which included a trip to Starbucks, a stop at a gourmet cupcakery, a quick drive-by of Santa's carriage, a complete tour of the settings in the YA book I'm revising, and a meeting with a mummified squirrel named Isaiah.
Yes, that's right. I ate CUPCAKES on a CARRIAGE with a PIRATE and his PARROT.
Pistachio cupcake with almond buttercream icing. Not my best photo, but I had just spent two days in the car and a hotel room with my children, so you're lucky fire wasn't billowing out of my nostrils.
Also, the kids had a fabulous time.
The boy wore his pirate hat and proclaimed it the BEST DAY EVER.
Of course, the night before, he proclaimed the walk to the hotel carrying his backpack the BEST THING EVER, so I wouldn't really trust his taste.
The girl was also over the moon.
And the views were gorgeous.
It was the perfect day. Perfect weather, perfect temperature, perfect company.
Hello, Spanish moss. Hello, pretty buildings.
Hello, people who gawked at the carriage full of pirates and parrots and laughing girls.
I figure we were a pretty good advertisement. Anyone who saw us would think we were having THE TIME OF OUR LIVES.
Which we were.
I was an only child, unless you count the Boston Terrier we got when I was 11. But now, I have a brother and a niece, and it is FANTASTIC, because they are SO COOL.
Not only did I manage to marry my favorite person, but I also married into a family almost as strange as I am.
So that's a good Thanksgiving.
I have a lot to be thankful for. But especially pirates and fine adventures.