Heavenly Hilton Head

Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Saturday, April 17, 2010

We had a great time in Hilton Head.  Brian's family use to have a house here about 10 years ago for about 15 years, so there was a lot of reminiscing for Brian to do as he introduced Christina to the lay of the land.  

When we arrived our Hotel was packed.  There was some type of local high school swim team conference / award program so there was a lot going on.  The funny thing is that we originally were slated to have a basic room overlooking the parking lot (obviously nothing fancy...on a budget here), however when we checked in they gave us a free upgrade to garden view..great.  But, once we were in this new room, it smelled too much of air freshener ..they were trying to cover up smoke smell, but couldn't.  We questioned the Front Desk bc we asked for non-smoking, next thing we know, we are upgraded again to top floor, ocean front view....not bad! The island of Hilton Head is surrounded by canals that outline each plantation and in each canal there resides at least one alligator.  Its so creepy - they just hang out and bask in the sun, or stare at you from the water.  It is unclear how the folks of Hilton Head can live and casually walk along the paths that circle around these canals.  Read the link on alligators in Hilton Head below...there is valid reason why running along the canals wasn't the choice past time!.  

Day One
We toured around Hilton Head and entered Sea Pines where Brian use to vacation with the family. Great vacations with the Pazdera's, Dwyer's, and other friends & family. We visited 4 Beachside (the old home) and went to the local hang out - Salty Dog Cafe, Land's End Tavern. Guy playing a guitar with a great view of the bay/marina. So much fun.  This is a great community for any family to come and stay, beach on one side, tennis courts on the other, and walking distance to the Salty Dog area. We also entered our first Piggly Wiggly today!

Day Two
Started out with a simple bike ride, but ended up with us going to the Verizon PGA Golf Tournament.  We set out around noon with hopes of returning to Sea Pines, but the guard wouldn't let us in with bikes.  So we just backed doored it in and went to the beach and pedaled our way into Sea Pines.  It was really cool to bike on the beach.  The sand is extremely flat and hard, so it is the thing to do.  On this day, the wind was so strong (in our favor thank god), that we didn't even need to pedal, it just pushed us along.  We found tons of these disgusting jelly fish along the beach line, literally every 10 feet, they looked mean, some were still alive waiting for the ocean to take them back in.  We toured around Sea Pines and found our way but was blocked by the golf tournament.  The security guard (aka Golmer Pile) didn't really care that we didn't have tickets he was more interested in telling us about all the partying he was doing with golf caddies and informing us on who lives in Sea Pines now (Ron Howard, Tom Berringer, former CEO of HD/owner of the Falcons, and some other important athletes/coaches).  So we were able to go in and watch the 12, 13, 14 and 15th hole, Fowler (a younger golfer), Mike Weir, Zach Johnson shot right in front of us.  We decided to not press our luck and head back to the bikes.  On our second tour we looped around Sea Pines and found our way next to one of the Club Houses and a couple literally was flagging their passes to us to see if we wanted them...of course.  So, we parked our bikes again and enjoyed the last 3 hours of the tournament.  We sat in a private tent at the 15th hole and then made our way to the 18th..it was a great time.  We had beers at the Quarterdeck below the famous Harbor Town lighthouse -  Some how we made it back to the hotel on our bikes just before dark...that was a challenging ride.

Day Three
It was hard to top the day prior.  We used this day to recuperate and chill out by the pool and Brian finally got a chance to break out his speedo.  We later had dinner at Truffles and made our way back to Harbor Town for a stroll along the water, taking in the sunset, and the dolphins jumping along.  As we were walking along the dock, Brian noticed one of the yachts was from "Cream Ridge, New Jersey", Christina's home town.  Firstly, not many people are from Cream Ridge, nor even know that it exists, to see a boat in Hilton Head that was from there was an extreme rarity.  Christina spoke to the owner and learned she went to Allentown grade school around the time the owners kids did, but couldn't recall them.  


April 17-20
Dinner:  Salty Dog - Land Ends Tavern:  ok, nothing special
Dinner:  Truffles, in Sea Pines:  good

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Thomas Doyle on

Awesome. This is the one I was waiting for. Brian nice point to the 4 Beachside. Memories are overloading my brain now. Alligator fact Christina - about 20 years ago, a lot of dogs were going missing in Shipyard Plantation. They eventually found the 14 foot alligator and transported it to Savannah reserve. Well guess what - 8 months later it showed up again in Shipyard, so it travelled about 100 miles. The dominant alligator of a pond has a special sensor that allows it to travel back to its home base, where they were the dominant alligator. March on!

Carol on

It all sounds wonderful!!! Thanks for keeping us up to date on your adventure. Those jelly fish were huge!!! Keep the updates coming and safe travels, Love C x

Abes on

Hello Hilton Head. Thanks for the lead on the double-mint twins but I am going to send them along to Johnny....just like Helmut.

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