After my Finance II exam last Friday (yes, I lived to tell about it) I picked up the aunt-to-be Sarah from the airport so that we could head out for our annual Hilton Head vacation Saturday morning. We met my parents on the island and Anthony arrived from a work event on Sunday. Sarah also brought along our childhood friend Ava. The entire week’s weather did not disappoint. In fact, normally we save an outlet shopping trip for a rainy day but we had none.
The week included hours spent near or in the complex pool and trips to the beach but not much ocean swimming. We often started the day off with a jog followed by either tennis or a bike ride. It’s tradition that we rent beach cruiser bikes all week and we all ride them as often as possible. Inside the Sea Pines planation where our condo is there are sidewalks and trails everywhere so to say it’s bike friendly is an understatement. The beach is 1.5 miles and Harbor Town Marina, where the Heritage golf tournament takes place, is maybe a quarter mile from the front door.
This was the first week I truly felt the affects of being 19 weeks pregnant. Last year it was nothing to run six miles then play over an hour of tennis followed by trolling around on bikes later on in the day. My runs were no more than 4 miles (with some walking in there too) and tennis never felt that great. It got hot fairly quickly so I hit some balls with Anthony but not more than 20-30 minutes and only twice. Riding on those big comfy beach cruisers was enjoyable though and that happened multiple times a day! I found myself taking extra shade breaks or spending a lot of time in the pool so as not to overheat. Added fun this year was we brought Anthony’s Jeep and we promptly took off the tops and windows the second we got the island.
One evening we all went out on a sunset catamaran trip out and around Daufuskie Island and like the weather, the sunset was perfection. We saw dolphins and even a manatee inside the harbor before we set sail.
Another tradition includes San Miguel’s on Cinco De Mayo. I think this may be our 5th year in a row visiting this Mexican restaurant and we look forward to it every trip. With queso, fajitas, chips and salsa, quesadillas and burritos no one left with any room to spare. Another favorite is The Black Marlin. Not exaggerating, every dish there is divine including the warm bread pudding a la mode. I would be remiss if I did not mention Hudson’s. My family has been visiting this seafood restaurant since before I was born and it’s also a yearly tradition. I’ve ordered their crab cakes three years in a row now and I think I finally digested my last hush puppy today! Such good eating on this trip!
By yesterday we were ready to leave the sandy condo and get back home. Sarah flew out of Raleigh so Anthony, Sarah and I headed out of Hilton Head around 9am with plenty of laundry, a good tan and much needed rest.