I CAN Relax, So There!

We all know that I am a busy little bee (speaking of which, look at the beautiful carpenter bee, one of many we saw on some non-native heather today).

Beautiful carpenter bee.

This week is my annual week in Hilton Head, and I vowed to actually rest and not cram every moment with work or stressful activities. Today was the big test.

Anita demonstrates a relaxing beverages.

Anita and I made it to the island last night around midnight and managed to get to our little Home2 Suites (that I got with points, so it was free!). After a day in airports, that room was heaven. They have the nicest pillows in those hotels. Check them out; they are simple but nice hotels.

Low tide, with pelicans.

Today we got a nice inexpensive Uber back to the airport (it’s so CUTE and tiny!) to get our rental car, which turned out to be a Hyundai something or other that is like the Audi I had the last few weeks, only simpler. It was already set to my settings, so yay.

A holiday place to relax, not go nuts. Yay.

We drove to our condo place, and they had a room ready for us, so we got to spend the whole day here at the resort, rather than waiting until “official check-in” at 4. We got to spend wonderful time wandering up and down the beach at low tide and finding cool things. We found a hermit crab, a little whelk, some fish, and so much more. It was just beautiful, and not at all crowded.

This little guy is alive!

October is just a great time for a beach vacation. It was truly a lovely day. We had lunch at the resort, which led to meeting a server who had photos of a hawk catching a squirrel that she saw last week. WOW.

Anita saved this little guy, who made it back to the deeper water.

We napped in hammocks or on outdoor couches, while listening to a fish crow making sounds like a cuckoo. We sat in the hot tub with no one around to bother us. We relaxed! We didn’t do anything scheduled! Hooray for me and Anita!

Fish crow. Beautiful and loud.

The highlight of the day, for both of us, was going out on the beach right after sunset. The tide was coming back in, and the waves were beautiful. The beach here has no artificial lights, to protect sea turtles, so the light was spectacular. We found a huge horseshoe crab, watched fishing boats, and were amazed at the views.

Horseshoe crab.

I have missed walking on the beach at night, which I haven’t done since our church groups quit going to the condos at Port Aransas. I am glad I get to come to Hilton Head every year. This place is so serene.

Wow. The Atlantic after sunset.

Well, I’ve gone on and on. I’ll be more succinct the rest of the week.

Beach gals. We won’t recognize ourselves after a week!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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