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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Hilton Head Vacation

My sister Lois and her husband John invited us to join them at their time share in Hilton Head for five nights.   We left immediately after Notre Dame's graduation.  In fact I picked up a crimson-robed Jim outside the hockey arena and, with a quick stop at McDonald's, we went directly to the airport.

Lois and John's time share is in the Caligny Square area where we could walk to the Piggly-Wiggly grocery store, several restaurants and ice cream parlors, and North Beach at the ocean.

Scored Flounder
We ate well.  I had stuffed flounder, scored flounder, fried clam strips, and Southern fried chicken--along with corn bread, cole slaw,and  husb puppies--all good Southern low country food.  But we also walked well--over 16,000 steps today and  12,000 steps yesterday.

A first for me was biking on the beach--very possible on this hard packed sand.  Today I swam in the ocean.   Lois enjoyed the pool and the fellows golfed on three of the days at three different challenging courses.

Hilton Head has an interesting history.  In 1862 there was a village of 1500 freed slaves called Mitchellville.  We visited the site today and sat on a bench donated by Toni Morrison as part of a monument to those who lived in slavery.  The Gulla tradition is almost lost amidst all the resorts and shopping areas built in the last 25 years.

Rocking Chairs Everywhere
Spanish Moss from our Balcony
It's been fun to see a different part of our country.   Spanish moss, magnolia blossoms, sea turtles, alligators--all an interesting change from home.   John and Lois were great hosts.  They know the area well and had lots of ideas of things to do and places to eat. It's been a wonderful vacation break.

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