Hilton Head – Part 2

On Saturday morning, June 24, the children left for their fourteen hour drive back to New Castle, Pennsylvania. What a great week we had, however! The last three days were just as fun as the first three. And, as a bonus, Delilah, finally warmed up to me. She progressed from growling, snarling, and barking to affectionately licking my legs and arms so vigorously, I probably lost the top layer of skin and half the hair on them.

Lilah.

On Wednesday, we decided to visit the Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge, 4,053 acres filled with waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets. On our five mile walk along the many trails, we also spotted an alligator or two. After expending so many calories hiking in the hot sun, we replenished them eating some great Carolina BBQ at Jim and Nicks. Later on, we hung out at the pool and grilled burgers for dinner. Mmmm!

There were thousands of small fiddler crabs in the marshes of Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge

Perwinkle snail

This snake slithered away too fast to obtain a photo of his head or full body.

Cindy had just stepped close to the pond for a picture when she heard a noise behind her. She turned around to see this alligator upset about her presence.

Red-winged Blackbird

Refreshing pool time after a busy, hot day

On Thursday, we miniature-golfed and visited a local arcade prior to taking a very informative two-hour tour of Gullah history and culture. The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans from various tribes who lived in the Lowcountry regions of the US states of Georgia and South Carolina, in the area of both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. They have their own culture and creole language. I was intrigued to find out that the majority of the descendants of the Bahamas are Gullah descendants and speak an almost identical dialect. Our tour guide, Melvin, a Gullah with a rich, deep voice, mesmerized us with his stories over the two-hour bus tour. In the evening, Julie and I played a little tennis while Cindy prepared for us a dinner of her delicious spaghetti.

On the porch of the Honey Horn Property at the Coastal Discovery Museum, where are Gullah tour began and ended.

With Melvin, our Gullah Guide

One of the stops on our Gullah Tour was at the former site of Mitchelville. In 1862, General Ormsby Mitchel established the town of Mitchelville to house the Island’s ‘contraband’ community. This was the first self-governing, Freedmen’s Village in the United States.

The perfect wine for our spaghetti dinner: An Aquinas Pinot Noir

On Friday, Julie and I left Tracy and Cindy behind to tackle the Zipline Hilton Head Aerial Adventure which consisted of six up-in-the-trees (12-36 feet above ground) courses consisting of cross swinging bridges, swaying tunnels, logs & bridges, jumping thru hoops & nets, and climbing obstacles. There are six increasingly difficult levels. During our two our adventure in the grueling South Carolina heat and humidity, I successfully completed the first four levels, while Julie tackled five of them. It was quite a challenge and great fun! Afterwards, we all hit the beach for a second time. Then, later in the evening, we returned to Hudson’s on the Docks for another great seafood feast.

Julie, almost 40 feet above ground on one of the “black” challenge courses.

We survived the aerial adventures!

We have often heard that the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life is the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat. Well, if so, Friday was one of our two happiest days of boat ownership. We closed on our sailing home of the last five years. It was sad in a way, but a relief to be free of the double expense of upkeep on a sailboat and an RV. Cindy and I are no longer boat owners for now. But, that will likely change in the coming months and years.

Julie and Tracy visited us on our sailing vessel, Beatitude, more than anyone else. So, they earn the Beatitude crew hats!

Celebrating the sale of Beatitude!

On Saturday, the 24th, our girls left, leaving a hole in our hearts, filled with great memories of our week together in Hilton Head. We spent the rest of the day cleaning and cashing in on our trivia contest prize, a movie with snacks included. We saw the very well done, Churchill, which chronicles the life of the prime minister in the few days leading up to D-Day. We’d recommend it.

Good-bye, kids!

This alligator was in the water right behind our RV.

The tree beside our RV took on a much more mysterious look after dark.

Thanks to Julie for contributing some of these photos!

12 thoughts on “Hilton Head – Part 2

    • Thanks, Sue! Our first time as well. We passed by our RV Resort when we were making our way up the ICW a couple of years ago, but we had never stopped in or visited Hilton Head.

  1. Enjoying your adventures via the blog – Thanx for taking us with you guys as you write it and add the pix. Lived in Savannah 2 years while a Target Manager. Made 1 enjoyable trip to Hilton Head and loved it. My wife’s health club’s 3 mile walking / running path had signs, ‘Beware of Alligators’ ….

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Ed! Being from Florida, I’m used to alligators, but there are more in Hilton Head than I had imagined.

  2. What fun ! So glad Julie & Tracy has been able to share in a lot of your adventures on your boat and now on your RV! Thanks for sharing❤️

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