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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HHI - 3

Continuing the Hilton Head Island trip narrative. After the great meal on Friday evening, we came back to the condo, parked the van and walked over to the lighthouse area to look around a bit. On the way we walked by the Harbourtown yacht basin and viewed some massive sized “boats”. Other attractions were available including playgrounds and such, but the main reason for going was to see and hear Greg Russell perform under the “Liberty” oak. The show was free and aimed at the kids but enjoyable for adults as well – he has done this for many years now and is good at what he does.

The hard wooden bench continued to get harder and harder and when the younger ones wanted to return to the condo, FSIL and I took them back and the ladies decided to do some browsing in the many little shops in the area. They were going to stay until the shops closed at 9 – they discovered that some of them stayed open until 10 so they called to tell us – basically I think they were going to hang around to make sure they closed at the proper time.

Friday night passed, Saturday morning arrived and this was the day that all of us were going to the beach. The condo is a property on the Sea Pines Resort and they have an area of parking and entrance to the beach for their residents and guests. It was a bit cloudy and we didn’t have any trouble finding a parking place and we carried all our equipment out on the sand.

Part of the equipment we brought was a beach umbrella and a couple of chairs. The sun shelter was ensconced in the sand and I ensconced myself in one of the chairs in this man-made shade. This was all according to medical advice to limit my sun exposure. It is interesting to observe the young and old splashing in the waves, digging or sculpting the sand and just generally having a good time. This seems to be one of GM5’s natural elements; he doesn’t care much for the waves but loves to play in the sand and water pools left by the receding tide.

It turned out to be a very good day for the beach because it was warm, yet the clouds and breeze kept it from being a real scorcher. In addition to all the humans playing, walking, jogging and riding bikes there were other forms of wildlife to be seen. Several seabirds that I took to be a type of gull were soaring over the water and occasionally they would dive straight down into the water for a morsel to eat. Several pelicans also soared by very close to the surface of the water, it was a wonder that they didn’t wet by a wave but they didn’t hit any while I was watching.

We went up to the beach-side snack area and got some lunch and by the time we got back the tide had receded even more and left a small channel of water caught between two areas of sand for the group to play in. They found small fish, a sand dollar, a crab claw and a lot of fun in this creek-like area that was flowing out with the tide.

From where I was sitting I could see Daufuskie Island in the distance off to my right and to the left of that was Tybee Island near Savannah. This is such an amazing world God has made for us to enjoy! ec


Blogger Brenda said...

I envy you your trip to the beach. I haven't been in a few years (the closest salt water is a 6 hr drive) and I really love it when I can go. Have enough fun for me too!

7/19/2007 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

I wonder how many people you have influenced to vacation in that area!!!
Betty G

7/19/2007 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - This is about our closest salt water, about 3 hours away. We used to go two or three times a year but it is down to one every year or two. This one was much fun though.

itsboopchile - Hopefully they will also build relationships by having fun with their families. Strong families is what it is all about. ec

7/19/2007 11:47:00 PM  

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