05.06.2010 - 12.06.2010 99 °F
Sophie is ready for our trip
Anticipation for the flight and trip to South Carolina was a daily reminder for Sophie. In that excited voice of hers, "we are going to the beach of South Carolina". Thanks to frequent flier miles, little Domino was going to fly with Nadine in the "lap" of luxury, and Sophie was going to fly with me. As many frequent flier flights workout, Sophie and I had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to catch our flight early morning flight, while Nadine had a more convenient flight at 11:00 in the late morning.
It is really early for this flight, but someone is excited
Our trip to South Carolina was a first in several ways, it was the first time Sophie had flown without her momma, and big daddy was in charge. From the time Sophie and I were on the plane, she constantly stated that A) we were going to South Carolina and B) how excited she was to go to the beach. I countered her youthful excitement with exhaustion. This exhaustion came from carrying all of her crap, toys, crayons, teddy bears, and books. I carried them through security, put them in just the right spot next to her seat on the plane, and then 2 minutes later, she wanted something else and it had to go somewhere else. The surprising thing is that she was really sleepy, but the thought of beautiful South Carolina was dancing around her cute little head, so no way was she going to sleep. It wasn't until the last 15 minutes of the last flight that she fell asleep, literally 15 minutes.
Once in Hilton Head, the house where we were staying was spacious, but the most important amenity at the house, wasn't the huge living room, long driveway, but the swimming pool. Any chance that we got we were in water be it jumping in the pool or running down to the beach. I believe that Sophie lived in her little pink swimsuit with a tutu for a week. Nadine and I also took the opportunity to kayak around Hilton Head and be outside in nature and being active. The one thing that caught us off guard about Hilton Head was the incredible weight of humidity. That morning, it was in the lower 90's, but the humidity made it feel like 115. Talk about a sweaty good time.
To celebrate Sushi's birthday (Nadine's sister), we went to a little bar to listen to some live music and have a few brewskys (beers to the lay person). We had the bar to ourselves along with the band and a couple of folks up at the bar to serve us a drink or two. Once the band started, they sounded like a normal band, talented and using lots of synthesizers. It wasn't until the third song that it took a turn for the more "alternative", i.e. strange. That's when the singer starting making chicken clucking noises and walking around the stage strutting like a chicken. It was at this point that we felt that public education had failed this guy (possibly in New Mexico) and that the DEA wasn't doing enough to cut off this guy's supply.
With a creek running right by the house, we had been warned several times about alligators and never leave your children out by the water by themselves. Good advice. No, that is great advice. But even when people tell you that there are alligators running around, there is still that part of you that wants to see one or two, from a safe distance of course. It wasn't until the last night exploring the neighborhood that I spotted my first gator sunbathing. As soon as I got out of the car to relinquish that safe distance, he became fearful of my overt masculinity and dove into the water.
Overall, our trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina surpassed our expectations, as I thought it was just going to be marshland and beach, but it turned out to be a beautiful place that had just right amount of green, water, trees, and ice cream.
The final blog entry from this summer is going to deal with 8 seconds. You may have to wait a few more until it arrives in your mailbox though.