OTTUMWA — Sunshine Club members lucked out during our Spring Time in Dixie. Not one rainy day. Well, it dripped a little one afternoon in Savannah, Ga., but not enough to prevent us from strolling the steamy streets. The nine-day bus tour was loads of fun, filled with scenic byways and Southern charm.
Club members from South Ottumwa Savings Bank were gracious visitors to the Deep South cities. We made no comments when tour guides talked about the War between the States. Amongst ourselves, of course, we were amused that some Southerners can't seem to let the Civil War go. "Remember, we were a conquered nation," one Southern tour lady said. Or, did she say, "are"?
No matter, we learned a lot about Southern V.I.P.s and saw their grand houses.
Ah yes, the crab. Well, one evening, dinner, part of our package, was at The Crab House in Charleston, S.C. Yum, I thought, delicious fresh crab to feast on during the evening meal. Wrong. The choices our group had were: flounder, tilapia or shrimp. What? No crab? How can you eat at a Crab House and not have crab? After complaining to the tour guide, etc., I just decided to order crab legs on my own. And, they were tasty. Thank you, Nancy, for my treat.
OK. So, then we go to the Middleton Place Plantation near Charleston for an OK-fried chicken and collard greens lunch. Again, another surprise: No Southern mansion on the plantation. Let down! The best part there was strolling through the beautiful blooming azaleas and seeing the large trees covered in Spanish moss.
And speaking of fried chicken, it was the main course for the buffet dinner at Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah. Oh, try the fried green tomatoes, one Southern told us. Nope. Not on the buffet.