By Diane Ako
(This is part of my vacation blog.)
En route from Savannah to Charleston, we detoured briefly to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The road trip took an extra few hours, but to me, it was worth it.
Now, the Atlanta friends (Martha and the circle she introduced us to) said it's ridiculous to go there when we live in Hawaii. True enough when vetted from that point of view, but honestly, I've heard people talk about Hilton Head for so long, that I was curious.
I found it pretty, in a much different way than a tropical beach. I've been to Daytona Beach in Florida before, and to beaches on the east and west coasts, so I had a slight point of reference for mainland beaches. It was similar - a wide swath of white, fine, hard packed sand chock full of seagulls and shell bits. There were horseshoe crabs shells too! Fun!
There was a lot of wispy, tall beach grass, and a ton of pedestrians out for their daily exercise. Hilton Head has 14 miles of beaches, and from our vantage point at Folly Beach, it looks like it was contiguous. This was way more walkers than you'd ever find at Kailua Beach (or any Hawaii beach I've been to) and the weirdest sight for me was that everyone was bundled up in winter jackets.
There wasn't much to do for the very short time allotted, so we strolled the beach for an hour. It ended up being one of my favorite vacation memories, and Olivia had so much fun she didn't want to leave.
We looked for 25 pretty shells (mostly clams) to bring home as a souvenir, and give to her classmates during Sharing Day in class. We found a fiddler crab and chased each other around with it. We had races using odd landmarks like The Speedos Guy In The Chair or The Seagull Standing In The Water. We found some dead horseshoe crabs and something really mushy (jellyfish-like) which became great fun for someone small to squish with her shoe.
I see the appeal of the beach, particularly for those who live in this region. I'm not going to call it my favorite, or something I need to return to with urgency, but it was pleasant, and I'm glad to have this flavor of it.
Next city: Charleston