Hey everyone! I just came back from vacation and thought I’d do a blog post about it. I went with my dad’s side of the family to Hilton Head Island, SC. I had never been to Hilton Head before, but I had written a “travel feature” on the island for my Feature Writing class this past spring, so I was very excited to visit the places I had researched for class.
We stayed in a beach house on a street called Red Cardinal and it was just a short walking distance from the ocean. It was pretty neat, though, because our area was a gorgeous mix between beach and forest. One minute, we were on the beach, and the next, we were walking on a mix of pine needles and palm trees.
Every morning, I was able to take a six-mile bike ride, exploring the coastline and the bike paths that followed the inland roads. It was really interesting riding my bike on the beach every morning, where I did about 2 miles, because the tide was so low that there was at least 100 feet of open sand to walk, bike, run, and more! By 3:00, though, the high tide came up and there was barely any space to enjoy the beach! On the bike paths though, it was a great time for me to clear my head and enjoy the scenery.
I was also lucky to be able to meet up with one of my good friends, Kate, while I was in Hilton Head. Some of her family lives there, so she goes and visits every summer and works at the ever-popular Salty Dog Cafe. We met for Starbucks one morning before I left, and it was so cool getting to catch up with her, since she would be in New Jersey (where she’s really from) if she were not in Hilton Head!
When looking back on the vacation, I’m excited to say that I was able to enjoy some time to read. I read four books while I was there: Mockingjay – the last book of the Hunger Games series, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Help, and Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I learned that there is a special chain of bookstores in most of our national airports, where you can purchase a book in one of the airports, and return it to another airport within six months and get half of your purchase back! I did that with Bossypants… I read it on my flights from Savannah, GA to Atlanta, GA, and from Atlanta to Louisville, and returned it once I got to the Louisville gate.
I did try some new foods though: crab, which I didn’t mind; swordfish, which I liked better than crab; cod, not so much; and salmon, not too bad. I’ve never been a seafood fan, and still don’t think I ever will be, but at least I tried it!
Though I enjoyed the time getting to soak up the sun, it’s been nice being home and able to gear up for the fall semester! I’m so very excited to be reunited with my friends and to be settled in back on campus. I’ve been helping our Phi Mu sorority get ready for recruitment and all of this prep has gotten me excited to be back where I belong!
Song of the Day: Run by Snow Patrol. I’ve always loved this song, but I’m particularly sharing this one with you all because I just bought Michael and I tickets to see Snow Patrol in November, for one of his birthday gifts! So excited :)