Hilton Head Island, SC

Three weeks ago we returned from a wonderful trip to Hilton Head with friends.  We’ve been several times with family and a few times just us two, but it had been almost 4 years since we last went and haven’t ever taken friends along.  C’s stepbrothers graciously let us use their condo for the week so we bought plane tickets, packed our bags and headed for the low country.

After Claire and Oliver picked us up in Charleston, we loaded into the car for the 2+ hour drive.  We stopped off for lunch on the way, then picked up a ton of groceries once we got to the island.  By the time we made it to the condo, unloaded everything and got settled it was early evening.  We decided to walk down to the beach before the sun went down and while there took some photos (including our gender announcement).  It was a beautiful night on the water and the pictures were great.

The view from the back patio of the condo

The view from the back patio of the condo

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Attempting a beachfront windblown selfie

Attempting a beachfront windblown selfie

We went into the trip with few plans other than relaxation, beach time, golf for the boys and a day at the spa for the girls.  Having it so unstructured was perfect!  We started off our days with breakfast then packed up things for the beach.  We’d spend a few hours out in the sun until we got too hot, too hungry or if a storm forced us inside.  Thankfully the weather was great, humid and hot but never overly so.  Plus the afternoon storms often cooled things off.

A storm rolling in one afternoon

A storm rolling in one afternoon

My favorite spot of the trip

My favorite spot of the trip

One day I had booked a tee time for C and Oliver as an early Father’s Day gift for C.  They headed out early and us girls took the time to spend more time at the beach.  While out reading and sunning ourselves we saw a pod of dolphins not too far off the shoreline.  We got in the water to see how close we could get to them and probably got within 10-15 feet of them.  It was crazy!  As it turns out, they were out there every day – must’ve had either good fishing or just a good spot for swimming, I guess.   After the boys golf time we had appointments for the spa.  Each of us girls got a massage and mani/pedi.  It was so relaxing and I loved my prenatal massage.

C working on his golf game

C working on his golf game

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Another day we decided to rent bikes and ride along the beach.  I hadn’t rode a bike since my Freshman year in college so I was a little nervous getting on.  However, after a few practice runs around the parking lot, we were all good to go!  The shore is really wide along the beaches there so we had plenty of space to ride without having to dodge swimmers, families, joggers or other bikers.  At one point I got too hot and had to stop before I passed out.  Luckily, it just took a dip in the water to cool off and we were good to go.  Other activities for the trip included watching TCU baseball in the Super Regionals, reading, sleeping in, playing Trivial Pursuit and a tennis match for the boys.  C and I did a little shopping for baby girl and picked up two cute Hilton Head shirts for her.

Our last night on the island we decided to go out to dinner (we had been cooking most meals at the condo).  Based on the recommendations of my in-laws we picked a place on one of the harbors with waterfront views.  It was hot out but we decided to sit on the deck for the better views.  While we got to see some beautiful boats and the temperature ended up being perfect, our lovely setting was interrupted several times by some person on a water jetpack which was noisy and pretty obnoxious.  Despite that we had a good dinner and great conversation about travel wish lists, places we’d never go, whether a yacht or beachfront vacation home was better, and much more.

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Would you rather have a yacht or beachfront vacation home?

Would you rather have this yacht or beachfront vacation home?

The crew!

The crew!

Sadly after 5 days, the trip was at an end.  We packed up, cleaned up and headed off to the airport.  It was such a great trip with great friends!