Our vacation came late this year.  In fact, it coincided nicely with my birthday and was a complete joy.  You are about to see why.  We drove down to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina – a barrier island between Charleston, SC and Savannah, Georgia.

“…vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing.”   – E. F. Benson

Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island

It was paradise – sunshine glistening on water.

Hilton Head bird in glistening water

Rocky beach head.

Hilton Head rocky beach head

Dunes and sea grass.

Hilton Head sea grass

Sand castles left behind by dreaming children.

Hilton Head sand castle

Blue umbrellas hovering over chairs along the shore.

Hilton Head beach umbrellas and chairs

Lots of seashells!

Hilton Head conch shell The conch was still inside this shell so I took the picture and my husband hurled it back into the sea.


                                                          Hilton Head shells on rock Rocks were covered in them.

               Hilton Head seashell

Sand dollars and horseshoe crabs!

Hilton Head sand dollar    Hilton Head crab

And my very first star fish!

Hilton Head star fish

But this is just a sampling of the wonderful trip.  Part II will feature more of this island paradise.