Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Cory walked around and pointed out the writing on the ceiling of the gazebo. "Nice Place."he said. Young man of many words..
His brother Brian, ever the entertainer...well the gazebo could be nothing else but a stage. I was thrilled to capture him dancing his time away!
The late afternoon shadows were creeping in as they rushed off to take photos all over town.
We also got to enjoy watching pelicans dive into the water after fish in the bay. Beautiful weather of low 80's and a slight breeze helped us during our walk about time.
It was a beautiful afternoon.
The huge battery surrounded by water holds many boats and a few cargo ships on the day we are visiting. Folks are milling around some having picnics, another a group of students on a field trip. Catching bits and pieces of the history lesson they were getting was informational.
It's hard for my mind not to wander when I'm in such a place. I believe if I lived closer I would use this as a place for inspiration - a place to write.
The grand trees with the ever present hanging mosses, the silent cannons, the statues of past leaders, history whispers to ya if you listen hard enough.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Our guide, John was a lot of fun! He grew up around boats, and shared his story with us as to how he got his own boat and business. It was a good lesson on hard work paying off.
For the first batch of bait we let him handle the super slimy squid. Honestly those things were so icky that I didn't feel bad about hooking them at all. It didn't take long for us all to put our own squid on the line. (even Sweetie)
It didn't take long for the first bite..a small tug, then the game of giving slack and slowly winding the string back in. The first catch for Brian was a stingray.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So, we decided that we would splurge a little on our vacation and plan one big activity while we were visiting Hilton Head, S.C.
That one activity: SHARK fishing!
The boys and I were so excited, we couldn't hardly wait! Sweetie well! He was wondering what his family was so excited about.... see he doesn't like fish...he doesn't touch fish... he doesn't even eat fish. So, when his family suggests this activity, he was outvoted. Ever the trooper he got us to our destination. A little company tucked into some oak and maple trees thick with hanging moss. Coming through the tall metal gate, one is greeted by the owner, a fisherman tanned by hours in the sun. Motioning toward a small picnic table under a canopy of sorts he handed us a clipboard with some maritime rules and regulations.
The next order of business was gathering the chum. Chum we found out is a parts is parts mixture of ick that is thrown out into the ocean to attract sharks to the area. (Are ya excited yet?)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
On a recent trip to Hilton Head, SC we got to experience alligators. There were signs everywhere asking folks to "Please don't feed the Alligators." This pond was in front of our grouping of condo's, so we looked for this guy every day. Most of the time he spent sunning himself, he didn't growl or move toward anyone that got near him.
This is as close as our traveling gnome would go...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Our family has visited the Atlantic more than any other ocean. It's funny how the beaches along the eastern coastline of America are different. This beach was flat. Meaning unless we dug into the sand, we had no problems with it.
We learned all about high and low tide and when to go catch a wave and when to go looking for shells.
On Hilton Head, in the early morning when it was low tide at its farthest out point, we went out to the beach with high hopes of scoring some shells.
It was pitch black out there except for a few stars. Armed with flashlights we spooked many crabs scurrying back and forth on the beach. We found several small broken shell pieces, a pair of goggles, two pairs of sunglasses, and a toy turtle. We walked quite a bit of the beach before we all agreed there wasn't much there. We headed back to the condo, and back to bed!