Indulge me while I take you back to the awesomeness that was our trip. I need to go to a happy place for a bit.
First, I have to tell you about the trees. This area of the country has the most wonderful trees.
They are huge, if you consider 40-60 feet tall and a canopy of up to 100 feet wide to be huge, which I do.
Many of these Live Oaks are made even more beautiful by the Resurrection Ferns that dress their branches and the Spanish moss which drapes down in gorgeous blonde curls.
I see these trees as places to pull up a rocking chair in order to cool off in the shade while admiring the beauty.
Turken sees the trees as the best climbing opportunities in the entire world.
|Climbing trees is exhausting!
Ok, one more, and then I'll move on.
On to the rest of our trip.
Can't go to Hilton Head without visiting the gorgeous beaches! (We only went to one. It really pays to visit a local who knows the best places to go!)
Turken love, love, loved playing in the waves. As I watched over him, my thoughts kept going back to how small and insignificant we are compared to that never-ending ocean.
My sister taught Turken how to find crabs in the sand. Too bad they never actually managed to catch one.
After swimming for three hours straight, we had sand in every nook and cranny. It bothered him not one bit, so he was content to play in the large tide pools
while I enjoyed a deliciously refreshing drink.
|A good strawberry daiquiri really helps one forget all about the sand inching its way farther up into areas where the sun don't shine.
riding "his" pony at Lawton Stables,
|his pony named Popsicle
|Angry-eyed's goatee melted a bit when he drank some water.
It was an awesome cruise. I was expecting the usual cheesy ride around, but it was far from it. The pirate leaders got the kids fully into their roles by hoisting the flag, finding the treasure map which had been stolen by one of the parents, then pulling things out of the ocean. They actually pulled "grog" out of the ocean and let the kids have a drink. And then, Stinky Pete, the bad pirate who took the key to the treasure, showed up. The kids took to the (water)cannons and took care of Pete.
|That poor guy was hit with water for three rounds, ten minutes each, ten cannons each time. I have no idea how he didn't drown. Or at least keel over from exhaustion.
The treasure was found, pulled out of the ocean, and divvied up amongst the eager kids.
The kids weren't the only ones who enjoyed the cruise. My sister posted on facebook that she is looking for another little kid to go on the cruise with her. Some of the parents really got into it, taking a water cannon for themselves. And then there was the family with children named Murray, Oscar, and Ruby. Everyone on the boat knew Murray, Oscar, and Ruby. And everyone knew that Murray, Oscar, and Ruby had wimps for parents.
And now, some random photos from the trip.
|I have no idea how that goat got its massive horns back in the fence.
|Top of a lighthouse that never actually functioned as a lighthouse. It was simply built for decoration.
|On a walk through the marsh, looking for birds.
|We ate. A lot. Yes, this is at IHOP. It was the only meal we ate at a chain, only because my sister didn't know of a local breakfast place. Everything we ate was delicious!
|On the last day, we swam in the pool at my sister's place. My niece has a cover for her iPhone to allow her to take it under water. Don't think I'd be brave enough to test it.
Have a lovely day!