I am so incredibly grateful that my parents let me take friends down to the house they built on Hilton Head Island. It’s about two years old now and I’ve managed to spend plenty of time there. They haven’t retired yet, so I think they are happy to give it more use!
We had a week off from clinicals, so I got to bring a few friends down an introduce them to the low country. Only one had been there before so it was fun to show them where I have been going almost my entire life. Anybody else big Hilton Head fans?
We left pretty late last Sunday due to some previous plans, so didn’t finish the 12 hour drive until almost 5am Eastern time. Eek!! After a few hours of sleep we drove a few hours north to Charleston so we could be in the zone of totality for the eclipse.
We drove into downtown Charleston and found a park where a bunch of people were set up, and plopped ourself down on a blanket with about 10 minutes to go. It was overcast and had rained previously, but we still got a decent view! Just not quite the drama I’ve heard some people talk about.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering down rainbow row and up King’s Street before making it home for Alaina’s birthday celebration! We had cake and wine and spent the evening in the pool and hot tub.
The rest of our days were spent purely relaxing. We had no plans and just went with the flow each morning. People woke up on their own, went to the gym or on runs or bike rides, and snacked through the day on the groceries we bought. In the words of Alli, we “thrived in the low country!” The relaxation felt pretty nice:)
We went to the beach one day (our house is on a golf course, but a quick bike ride or drive to the ocean) and floated in the water. We also found a nearby hotel with a beach bar so we could grab cocktails midday!
I was able to finish two of the four books my roommate Alli recommended to me. I first read The Art of Racing in the Rain which was so sweet. Then I changed pace and went to Night, which was just gut-wrenching. Of course I learned all about the Holocaust in school, but to read a first hand account of life in a concentration camp was just devastating. I have heard this book is required reading in many schools now and I can see why.
When it got to be around dinner time we usually showered, grabbed some drinks and started on dinner. We cooked at home every night but one when we treated ourselves to Seapines Beach Club. My boyfriend and my roommate’s boyfriend were both with us that night so we decided on a night out!
At home first made tacos and then alter grilled a bunch of chicken, fish, and veggies, using the leftovers for lunches and our final dinner. I’m always so impressed with how yummy our dinners down there turn out! It’s so fun to all help out, and ends up being ready so quickly.
On our last night my friend Lauren came by because she was down there with her parents! Longer readers will remember Lauren from when I lived in Dallas. I hadn’t seen her in way too long!!
We made the long drive back Saturday so we’d have a full day home to settle back in and get organized for our next rotation. Vacation was wonderful, but routine always feels good too. Until next time, Hilton Head!
- Did your family have a vacation spot growing up?