Our morning would start at 6am with coffee on the beach and then a long walk at low tide. Watching the sun come up has mystical powers that made another day on the beach priceless.
Walking along listening to the surf, feeling the soft sand on your feet, the cool breezes that blow, made us feel blessed that we had entire week to forget about work, and just relax.
The weather at that time of the year was near perfect. The water temperature was just right for an early morning swim. This is what vacations are all about. Slowing down, just enjoying your surroundings.
My family started coming to Hilton Head about 25 years ago. We always stay on North Forest Beach. It has always felt like home to us. Everyone on the island is very friendly and helpful. They make you feel like a part of the island community and not a visitor.
My parents always made our vacations special for my brother and I. They always made sure we had a summer vacation at the beach. No matter what, we knew we were going away every summer. My brother, Chuckie, loved the ocean and riding his surf board, kayaking, catamaraning and trying new things.
If you ask anyone why they love Hilton Head, the typical response will be, the endless natural beauty of the beach. Here, you will find a natural and undisturbed place to relax, meditate, and bask in it's vastness.
My favorite memory is on the morning of September 10, 2009. I got up early and took a walk along the shore at front beach. There were only a few people who were sipping their coffee on a make-shift chair. The temperature was in the low 60's and a light weight jacket was required. As my walk turned into a run, I noticed a fin in the water keeping my same pace. I stopped and made a soft whistle sound and a friendly dolphin raised it's sweet face and looked directly at me. This sweet creature followed me during my entire run. I realized through this experience that Hilton Head awaits each visitor with arms of nature that hug your every need and assure your frowns will be turned upside down.
Hilton Head is one of the true vacation spots to bring you back to a place of peace.
My precious granddaughter Hadley has a serious metabolic disease (PKU). We have to be so careful of what she does and eats so we went to HHI because we could cook and she could play. Her eyes saw the ocean for the first time and ran toward the water yelling "FISH". (smile) She started each morning knocking on the condo door saying, "Me go....FISH", at the top of her little sweet voice. I was so happy to see her enjoyment and know we could let her play and not worry!
I booked a trip to HHI for my family, my husband, kids and my mother and her husband. We were all excited about taking a vacation together, which we never did before. My mother passed away on July 10th unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. Our vacation was planned for August. All of us were in shock and as you can imagine, very sad. We decided to go ahead and take our vacation as planned. We spent the time together with my mom's husband and it was a week of healing. Although it was such a sad time in our life, the beautiful, peaceful island of Hilton Head provided the setting for us to begin our healing process and for us to grow stronger as a family. We will all remember that year in Hilton Head forever. Hilton Head holds a special place in our heart. Thank you.
A Break from Reality
Our Daughter Shelby was Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It devastated us and her, I worked then came home to educate myself on everything diabetes..It took a toll on me and the family.. We began to drift in our relationship, I was so consumed about trying to fix my kid, knowing I couldn't, I became addicted to diabetes website..
My husband said ENOUGH..and My husband surprised me and Shelby with a vacation in Hilton Head. We got to breathe and enjoy our time together and just be normal, since then I still read up on the latest studies and info , but I also relax and enjoy my family!!!
Heaven on Earth
My first vacation in HH, It was a lovely experience. beautiful clean condo, could not of ask for anything better, beautiful view of the ocean..awesome bike rides on the beach..I really cant say enough good things about this beautiful island home...heaven on earth...
The first of many MEMORIES
It was the best trip of my life. Having been years since I had been on a vacation but to add the first memories of the greatest thing in the world with two of the most important people in my life. We shed lots of tears on that beach rekindling now what is the most amazing mother daughter relationship one could have. Not only that, my son and I had time to really talk about how our new life was going to start on our own. It could not have been written out better. We havent been back since, but I would love to be able to return. That trip changed our lives. PRICELESS!
Escape to the Beach
Escape to the Beach
E experience the tranquility of warm sun and flowing ocean
S See the seas and the dolphins jumping
C Catch on me for me
A Always rewading
P Peace and tranqulity of leaving stress of daily life at home
E Energy to return to what you left behind
The Only Place I Can Relax
I have a very hard time relaxing - practically impossible. But ... there's just something about Hilton Head that takes me away from everything else in the world.
The sound of the ocean, breezes, and birds is the perfect combination to help me escape from the stresses of everyday life. Aaaaaah.
I Wanna Go Back
Many years ago my husband, our new born son took a trip of a lifetime to Hilton Head and have always wanted to return. Our child who was born as a special needs child which is autism came to this world to teach us and others how to love and accept differences. During this trip, we met with our infertility physician who had left Tennessee prior to our son being born. He just knew I was going to have a girl and what a surprise he had when he saw our son. Such pleasant memories that will last a lifetime and one which I wish I could enjoy again. Life has not been easy for our family like many others but the peace and serenity of Hilton Head brought our focus to positive thoughts. At present, my husband has been diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease and any vacation time we ever have is a medical trip to the Mayo Clinic; because they are attempting to extend his lifespan with positive medical intervention. A vacation? I don't know what that is anymore, but know that I must take care of him and use his vacation time for travel to the clinic. I dream of a real vacation and if it's meant to be it will be provided. Hilton Head is a place like 'heaven' on earth and I know would bring joy to the hearts of us all. God bless you all as you make your choice of the one who is most deserving of this awesome opportunity. Thank you~