After checking out our condo/apartment, we headed down to the beach. Allen immediately did a little writing in the sand. This Rocks. Then he summed it up with "I Love Summer Vacation!" That about says it all.
|I Love Summer Vacation!|
It was a relaxing week away from everything. The fine white sand was great for long strolls, or just sitting and gazing out over the water while listening to the roar of the waves.
|As I strolled along the beach at dusk, we were trying to get a "Footprints in the Sand" picture. We failed.|
|The sand was great for digging and buiding sand castles. Allen happened onto this hole someone else dug.|
|The Island has one winery. So of course we had to check it out. We all agreed that the wine was pretty darn good.|
We all thought the "locals" were somewhat snobbish. They weren't very friendly and at times were downright rude. It was like they resented the touristy presence, and yet their entire economy depends on tourism. It was very confusing.
Hilton Head Island is known for its fabulous golf courses. We even played a round of golf. As far as we were concerned, it wasn't anything to write home about. Maybe that is because it was put-put type golf? It sure was fun. I had forgotten how bad I am at that game. Reagan started out slow, but by the time we were nearing the end, she was giving us all a run for our money - including Allen. It is amazing how quickly kids figure these games out, while us grownups kind of plod along.
We toured Savannah, GA on the hottest day of the week. In hindsight that was a mistake. We all ended up a bit tired and cranky by the end of the day, and called it quits before we had done all of the sight seeing we had wanted to.
|We were in awe of the architecture and beauty of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. We were lucky enough to get there just as a tour of Girl Scouts was leaving (the Girl Scouts were founded in Savannah, did you know that?). Just as we were leaving, another tour bus showed up. |
Did you know that Forrest Gump was filmed in Savannah? The bench where Forrest sat telling the story of his life to anybody who would listen, sat right outside Chippewa Square (there are many squares in Savannah). The bench has been moved to a museum. What we found strange is that Savannah doesn't seem to capitalize on the Forrest Gump presence at all.
Since they didn't replace the bench with a replica for us to sit on, Greg and I positioned ourselves in about the right place. I was trying to tell Greg that "Life is like a box of chocolate..." But then he already knew that. Another tourist actually had a freeze frame shot on his phone of Forrest sitting on the park bench. That way he knew where to stand to have their picture taken. We followed their lead and had ours taken there too.
We all promised each other that we wouldn't post a bunch of tasteless swim suit clad pictures of each other. But I don't think Greg and Alicia will mind this family picture. They look so happy. I believe we were at Harbour Town when this one was taken.
Dolphin watching was on our agenda, and we did see a lot of Dolphins. They were especially active when a small fishing type boat would happen by. They know where there is food... they are smart like that. They are also smart enough to not pose for pictures. I'll spare you the black humps of a back, tail fin, or snoot sticking out of the water.
It seemed that within a blink of an eye, the vacation was over. The kids were troopers from start to finish. It was so much fun to see their faces as they played in the sand or "rode the waves" on their boogie boards. Now, where are we going next, kids?