Friday, February 12, 2016

Overnight at Hilton Head

In this lifestyle, you never know what the new day will bring...

We were at our new campground at Mayport Naval Station and ready to drive to Virginia Beach in a day.

Pam saw on FaceBook that friends Steve and Therressa had been in Hilton Head SC.  She thought we might be able to stop along the route to Virginia Beach and have a late lunch or early dinner with them if they were still there.

Sure enough, they were there for a few more days.  And not only that, they invited us to stay at their space bedroom in the condo they were renting!

We decided 'Why Not?' and made it to Hilton Head in time for lunch.  They suggested a restaurant they liked - The Black Marlin - and it turned out to get a great choice.  And -- they had a coupon book with 'Buy One Get One - BOGO' for it, so it was even a bargain.
Talk about a great time!  It was fun seeing them again.  I think the last time we were together was in Sioux Falls when we went through there a couple of years ago to get Pam's driver's license updated.

We have been to Hilton Head a couple of times but we must have missed the main area.  They were staying in a development called The Shipyard in a condo that was on the golf course.  Like a lot of other places in the area, there were miles and miles of bike paths on the property.

And -- each condo unit had a shed with 2 adult bicycles.  No need to rent any.  The place itself was exceptional.  Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully furnished including kitchen and appliances and dishes.  Very nice.  Therressa was in the travel industry for years and found a deal online.  Under $350 for a week!

After lunch, we drove around the island.
First stop was Cligny Beach
 It was a pretty beach with hard packed sand which would have been great for bicycles.  Unfortunately it was windy and freezing!!
 There were a few other tourists like us checking it out.  I can imagine it would be a very crowded place in warmer weather.
 Next, we went over to the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.  It looked interesting but it was closed for the season.
 We went over to the pier and saw how low the water was.
 It was quite low and the decking and ramp are designed to fall and rise with the tides.
 Interesting look where the barnacles had attached to the posts.
 We returned to the condo and hung out for the rest of the afternoon before the next task at hand -- selecting a good venue for dinner.

Once again we were able to use our BOGO coupons and ended up at the Skull Creek Boathouse.  Another fantastic seafood meal.  I opted for the shrimp and grits and thought it was very good.
After dinner we went back to the condo, had some dessert and got a demo on taking pictures with Therressa's Apple Watch and iPhone.
 The next morning we got up early and were on our way back to I-95 before the sun came up.
 And on our way to Virginia Beach.  It was a nice way to break up the long drive.  And fun to spend the day - with good friends at Hilton Head.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!





2 comments:

  1. Hope the weather behaves for your drive. Nice looking place there.

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  2. Another piece of the world I have yet to see, Hilton Head and the OBX

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