In 2006, my spouse and I rode the Auto Train for the first time. (The Auto Train is a train that runs from Northern Virginia to Central Florida, and vice-versa, not making any passenger stops. To ride it, you must have a car, which travels on the same train. It's the only such train in the United States).
I've never slept well on the Auto Train, and something happened on that first trip that has become a tradition.
I woke up from a fitful sleep to realize we were traveling through a
city. We were passing under an Interstate, and some large billboards
were visible. One billboard, lit up, advertised "The Crab Shack. Tybee Island."
I didn't have Internet access on that trip and had never heard of Tybee Island. But I
researched it as soon as I could and found it was an island close to
In March of 2009 spouse and I traveled on the Auto Train again. I woke up from a fitful sleep, and as my spouse
softly snored next to me, I peeked out of the window and saw the very
It was a sign, that sign! I was being told to eat at the Crab Shack.
We were supposed to drive through Savannah on the way home but had car
trouble, and had to take the Auto Train home. We swore we would visit
Savannah and we subsequently did, but didn't eat at the Crab
In March of 2013 we rode the Auto Train still again. This time, we both woke up as we were traveling
through Savannah, and my spouse spotted the sign even before I did.
Marveling at this huge (to our sleep-bleary eyes) sign, we decided that
yes, we would go to the Crab Shack. We would fill in this hole in our
And so we did.
Here's their menu.
So, guess what. This month we are hopefully riding the Auto Train for the first time since 2013.
I wonder if we will see the sign again?
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