SC: Island Hopper

Day 5

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Early in the morning, we made a break for it and headed for Daufuskie Island.   We hopped on a ferry that showed us the river view of Hilton Head Island, and all of the insanely large houses.  A highlight being the massive estate owned by the guy who invented the patent for the metal strip on the back of credit cards.  Let’s just say his boat parked out front is probably bigger than your house.  No joke.

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On the island, we ate a buffet lunch that came included with our tickets at the Old Daufusckie Crab Company.  In the true Southern fashion, you had a choice of fried chicken, breaded pork chops, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, rolls, grits, corn, and beans.  Yes, you will notice crab was not one of the choices.  It was pretty disappointing considering the name of the restaurant and the pictures on the brochure, but the food included was still pretty good.  The atmosphere left much to be desired, but it is an island with very few vehicles, unless you count golf carts, so I guess you can’t have everything.

We picked up our map and six-person golf cart and headed to tour the place.

It feels very ghostly driving down the nearly deserted space.

Now, here are some FUN FACTS FOR YA:

It used to be inhabited by natives over ten thousand years ago, and then later, in the 1500’s, the Spanish inhabited it while it was part of Florida.  In the 1600’s, indigo and cotton plantations were started when the English gained ownership of South Carolina.  Eventually, during the Civil War, The Union took over and freed all the slaves, so the island became mainly populated by the Gullah people.  Because the island was so isolated, unlike the rest of South Carolina, the Gullah culture was left alive and they were able to keep up the old African traditions.

NOW YOU KNOW, THE REST OF THE STORY.

Actually, you don’t, because I’m not finished yet!

We stopped at the old school-house that is now a museum.

We also stopped at an old graveyard that is seriously creepy.

The unmarked graves were especially disturbing.

We also saw some really cool trees.  This oak is probably over 500 years old.

Next we headed into the marsh…  One of the most hidden treasures the island can offer…  Welcome to…

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S!

This place is quite the dive, and the bathrooms basically unusable; however, one bite of the Seafood Chowder and a sip of the signature Marshside Mamas, (featuring over 5 types of rum and, apparently, some juice too) I was sold.

Needless to say I would love to go back to Marshside Mama’s, and could see myself camping out for the weekend.

After more touring, we headed back for the boat trip back to Hilton Head.

And then, it was happy hour.

We went to the Old Oyster Factory, just about 5 minutes away from the marina.  $.50 cent oysters and jumbo shrimp and $1.50 off all drinks.

Martini’s and oysters and shrimp, oh my!

Holy moly what a spread!

At home, we played more Mexican Train with the others.   Later in the evening, Jane took Johnny, Brad and me to the XO Lounge at the Hilton, where we shared some cosmos while a band played some good rock and roll music.

Jane and I took our leave but left the boys who had some grand adventures that they can’t seem to recall clearly.  Hmmm…

‘Twas a grand adventure!

I would just like to shout out a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

I probably won’t have time to post until much later tomorrow or the next day because we are heading to Harbour Town where some are playing golf, and some are hittin’ up the shops and the famous Salty Dog Cafe.

See ya’ll in 2012!

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SC: Four!

Day Fooooouuuuurr!!!

First things first, time to get preppy:

All eight of us set out in the early afternoon to play a best ball, boys against girls, at Rose Hill Golf Club just a little ways off of the island.

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The Boys

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The Girls

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The Pro

Although, we did spend a lot of time just hanging around…

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The girls played hard and celebrated many birdies and one grand eagle!

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However, I can’t deny that that boys beat us by one stroke.

We’ll get you next time…

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SC: The Swing of Things

Day Three

After a good night sleep, we all woke up and Dad and Jane made us all bacon, eggs and english muffins.  Yum yum yum.

We then broke into two groups: the golfers and the bikers.

The Golfers

We biked for over two hours, all through Palmetto Dunes and down the beach.

Johnny got to see his first ocean and he even tasted the salt water!

We got to see all the massive mansions throughout the community, and I still cannot get over all the different palm trees. It’s almost like the houses are going to be overgrown with vegetation if they were even left vacant for a day.  The bike trails are really nice too, lots of little hills and turns and the path is very well taken care of and wide, it makes for an easy ride. (ha that’s a rhyme!).

The golfers played at Golden Bear.  The course was nice.  They saw not one, but two alligators.  Dad says he kicked butt, but obviously not enough, because Olivia won.  However, Jarrett held his own coming in a close third, while Jane was the caboose.  There are lots more games to be played though, so lots of time for comebacks.

Tha Big Weiiinners

Afterwards, we all gathered and played Mexican Train until we headed out for supper.  We dined at Pazzo, and authentic Italian restaurant.  It had dim lights and a very warm atmosphere.  Our waitress was really nice and the food was even nicer. The bread that came out on the table was one of the highlights, moist and buttery, and the oil to dip was flavoured with lots of garlic and herbs a nice change from balsamic vinegar.   Dad selected two well bodied bottles of red wine to go with our meals. I ordered an antipasti sampler, which included bruchetta, calamari and some other fried cheese things that I forget the name of but were absolutely delicious. I also munched on mussels and clams from Dad’s plate.   For the main event, I had Eggplant Parmesan that was served on top of spaghetti and covered in ooey-gooey-cheesy-goodness.  All around the table, the food was well received.  Pazzo is a gem of a restaurant.

After dinner we came back to Palm Moon and, as Johnny would say (or maybe LMFAO, depending who you ask), we “party rocked.

Party Rockin' in the Dunes Tonight

SC: Rain, Rise & Shine

Day Two

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We arrived to the Pale Moon condo in Palmetto Dunes gated community around 7:30AM yesterday.  Let me tell you, it was a looooong drive.  A bit cramped, and not much sleep happened, but we made it in one piece.  We lounged around and re-grouped ourselves for a few hours in the beautifully decorated condo.  The pale blues, yellows and beiges, calming us easily.  It was raining outside anyway so we didn’t feel rushed to do much of anything.

The rain stopped around 10, and we woke ourselves up, the sun began to shine, and we decided it was time to go shopping.

Not before first admiring the palm trees…

The island is full of vegetation even though it is winter time.  Tonnes of tall old trees and an abundance of golf courses.  Just about 15 minutes away from Palm Moon, there are two massive outlet malls called Tanger One and Tanger Two.

The only problem was deciding which stores to go to…

Hint: We didn’t actually have a problem deciding where to go to.  And we also found LOTS of good deals.  Personally, I couldn’t resist purchasing some new flip-flops to fit in with the sunshine.  Afterwards, we headed back for some refreshments and munchies before dinner.

Around 7PM we went to Wild Wing – a restaurant that boasts over 50 different wing flavours.  The bar was packed and there was a 40 minute wait, but we decided that the wait was alright as soon as we found out we could order buckets ‘o beer.

For the main event, we ordered two platters of 10 different kinds of wings, some including Flaming Parmesan, Garlic! Garlic! Garlic!, Mesquite, and Ol’ Yeller (honey-mustard).  We also ordered some  delish Spinach dip and Buffalo Blue Cheese Chips, Red Dragon shrimp skewers, and Dad and I split some of the most amaaazing Baja Fish Tacos, so good, even Johnny liked them!

After pulling pretty much all-nighters in the truck ride, most of us had no problem falling into a deep, calming and resting sleep, dreaming about all the fun in the sun yet to come.

SC: Seventeen & A Half Hours Later

We begin 17 and a half hours before South Carolina. Everyone has had a very Merry Christmas. It feels good to be on the road again. However, this is a very different trip from my last. Instead of embarking on a solo adventure, this is a good ol’ fashioned family vacation. My sister Olivia, Dad, Johnny, Jane and me are driving down together in a giant sized pick-up truck, and meeting up with Jane’s daughter Kate, Jarret and Brad, who flew to Jane’s condo at Hilton Head Island this morning.

It is with very full bellies that we set out at 2:30PM today (December 26, 2011); the rational being that we can make it to HH by 8AM to play golf. Yes, golf.

For those of you who don’t know, part of my family is golf obsessed. Me, not so golf obsessed. (I’m much more in the lines on clothing obsessed). I am writing this in the car as we go along, so you won’t get to read this until tomorrow morning. Please enjoy the chronicles that follow.

Buffalo in Buffalo

We crossed the boarder at Fort Erie with no problems, stopped at the Duty Free and picked up some liquor, notably, BAKON vodka (for Caesars, or Bloody Mary’s as they call ‘em in the US of A).

Bring on the BaKon

Dad has made us an array of sandwiches for the drive, all labeled with sticky notes as to the contents. And it’s a good thing too, because one label reads “peanut butter, banana, and cheese whiz.” Yummy!

Yes folks, I think that’s the kind of trip it’s going to be: a smorgasbord of nuts, bananas and lots of cheese.

 

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

For a lot of you out there (me too!), today probably marks the last day of work before the holidays.

Yeehaww!!

I just wanted to let ya’ll know that my posts are about to take a little turn into a new topic…

TRAVEL!

Perhaps some of you followed my other blog, Hannahs in Europe, whell, From Dec 26-Jan 6(ish), I will be going on a family filled adventure to South Carolina!

Because I will only be gone for such a short amount of time, instead of creating a third blog, which would have been called “Hannahs in South Carolina,” I am just going to post about my experiences here.  Yippeee!

So I hope ya’ll won’t mind if I come back with a Southern accent.  It’s gon’ be fun.

…In the mean time, I hope you all have a FABULOUS holiday weekend.

Enjoy & Indulge & Have A Merry Christmas!

“The American impulse is to look in the closet and say, “I can’t wear that, I just wore it on Tuesday!” French women, on the other hand, say, “That looked great on Tuesday — I think I’ll wear it again.” Find what works for you and repeat, repeat, repeat.”

Susan Wagner

For the Men in Your Life

Hear yee, hear yee!

My last post was definitely aimed towards a female audience, or perhaps a male audience to get some ideas for the women in their life, depending on how you look at it.  Well today is a reversal: I have decided to bounce back with a gift-list for the fellas.  If you are really stuck, yes, it’s ok to get cologne, golf balls, ties, or any other “go-to” gift for the men in your life.  But if you want to do something a little bit special or creative for your [dad/husband/boyfriend/brother/grandpa/co-worker/friend-with-benefits/freind-without-benefits/cousin/uncle/boss/neighbour/etc] and get him something he’ll really love, check out some of my ideas below.

For your satisfaction, I have created categories for a few stereotypical “types” of men that may be in your life, and given three different price points, ranging from $500.00 – $20.00:

The Splurge, The Savvy Saver, and The Stocking Stuffer.

Simply click on the image and it will direct you to the website where, in most cases, you can purchase the item online.

Let’s-a-go!

For the ADVENTUROUS man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

K2 Playback Snowboard - $350

This is a great gift for a beginner/intermediate snowboarder.  Excellent brand, stylish, and a very good price for a nice versatile board.  On the website, it will give you a sizing chart of what size to buy depending on your guy’s height.  To amp up the gift even more, add matching bindings and boots. 

THE SAVVY SAVER

Lacoste - Men's Oversized Pixel Croc Beanie - $50

Snowboarder or not, most guys dig a new toque.  And really, why not make it designer? 

THE STOCKING STUFFER

Burton - Fluoro Comp Wax - All Temp - $19

This is a great option for a guy who likes to hit the slopes, and doesn’t hit deep into your pockets.

Not into snowboarding?  Not a problem.

For the MUSIC LOVING man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Philips - Fidelio DS9000 Premium Docking Speaker System - $500

This bad-ass docking system will light up the eyes of anyone on the receiving end.  Maybe a gift to split with your siblings for dear old Dad?

THE SAVVY SAVER

GEAR4 - AlarmDock Halo 2 - $100

Multifunctional and elegant design, what more could he ask for?

THE STOCKING STUFFER

SkullCandy - Smokin Buds - Black/Red - $45

This is great because it works with all Apple and non-Apple products.  However, if he is currently a “non-Apple” user, why are you looking at these gift ideas?  Get him an iPod, iPhone or iPad. It’s a no-brainer.

Okay, fine.  Not everyone is into the whole “iWonderful-World of Apple.”  In that case…

For the STYLISH man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Diesel - Men's Gift Set - Leather Wallet & Leather Strapped Watch - $205

Classic, timeless (or time-keeping ha-ha-ha), and functional… 

Need I say more?

Oakley - Fuel Cell - $125

I don’t know any guy who wouldn’t appreciate a pair of Oakley sunglasses.  Available in every style, every colour, and every price-point, you can’t go wrong.

H&M - Chunky Knit Sweater - $50

This pull over knit sweater is the “grown up” version of a hoodie.  Great for that retro-fabulous-bush-man in your life. Perfectly comfortable on a snowy winter’s eve (and at a comforting price).

Style not really his thaang chicken waang?  Ok then…

For the GAMER in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Carbon Fiber Esky Honey Bee KING II Electric RC Helicopter 6 Channel CCPM Remote Control - $339

For the young, for the old; all boys men love nothing more than a new toy to play with on Christmas morning.

THE SAVVY SAVER

Black Wii Console with New Super Mario Bros Game - $149

Super fun and for all ages, this updated black Wii is pretty darn sleek.  Not to mention the bonus of the included new Super Mario Bros game.

Already has the Wii console?  No worries!

(You could always get him an XBox 360 or PS3 – total splurges)

If he’s already decked out with all the consoles, never fear.

All gamers need want games:

Wii - Zelda: Skyward Sword - $50

This is the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii.  Also made for other consoles.  *Extended playing sword sold separately (but definitely encouraged to make a really super gift).

He’s not into video games?  (I doubt that, but…)

Perhaps he’s more into “manly-man” toys…

Easy-peasy.

For the HANDY man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Makita - Cordless 4-Piece 18V Combo Kit - $500

Now I don’t know all that much about tools, except that, generally, men love them…Even if they don’t know how to use them.

THE SAVVY SAVER

RYOBI One+ 18V Starter Kit - $129

This is great for a beginning handy-man to get his tool collection started.

THE STOCKING STUFFER

Telescopic 3 in 1 Snow Brush - $20

Maybe it won’t literally fit in a stocking, but handy or not, everyone needs a good ice scraper to get them through a Canadian winter.

 Well, I sure hope I have inspired some good gift ideas for all the guys in your life. If you are ordering online, get it done soon or your gifts won’t be delivered in time.

Happy gifting!

What will you be getting for the men in your life?

Hey, Big Spender

BA – BAP – BA – BA!

Spend, a little time with me.

Well my friends, December is upon us and I can finally talk about the holiday season without feeling completely nauseous. I have been in the shopping malls and online, and retailers everywhere are boasting about all the great deals to be had out there so you can “save” your money; but ultimately, the message remains SPEND SPEND SPEND!

So, I have decided to indulge in the commercialized holiday spirit by creating my “Christmas list” for old Mr. Clause, who I can only assume is now a milli a milli a milli, a milli milli milli multi-kalgilionaire.

Dear Santa, I want a new outfit to wear to a semi-casual holiday party.

And please, don’t skimp on the sparkle.

Alice & Olivia - Juanita Sequin Sweater - $335.44

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Betsey Johnson - Smooch Crystal Flats - $109.95

Dear Santa, I want a new computer too.

MacBook Pro, 15 inch - $1799

…Don’t forget a bag to carry it in.

Kate Spade New York - Janin Notebook Carrying Case - $499.95

Oh, and thow in some furry earmuff headphones… just because.

Juicy Couture - Faux Fur Earmuff Headphones with Embellished Headband - $99.61

Dear Santa, I better add a new jacket… it’s getting cold out there!

ASOS - One Teaspoon Gypsy Queen Studded Leather Jacket - $685

 Bedazzled, please!

ASOS Gypsy (back view)

Speaking of razzle-bedazzle-dazzel

Dear Santa, I want a party dress!

TFNC - Sequin Dress with Long Sleeves - $103.13 (ASOS)

Or two…

ASOS - Party Dress in Mesh - $103.13

Let’s just make it an even three…

Warehouse - Feather & Leather Dress - $281.25 (ASOS)

…Evening bag included.

Betsey Johnson - Betsey's Night Out Frame - $98

Santa Baby, I almost forgot…

Sephora - Prestige Brush Set - $325

A girl should have the right tools.

Sephora - Makeup Studio Blockbuster - $440

And the right shoes.

Nine West - Frederika - $160

Dear Santa, feel free to bring me anything from Tiffany & Co.  I won’t mind.  It’ll be our little secret.

…But really, Santa, and all of you readers out there, as nice as it is to give gifts and maybe spoil some of the special people in your life this time of year…

Dear Santa, what I really want is to celebrate with family and friends (perhaps over a few home-cooked meals and cocktails to boot) and for everyone to cherish what’s really important.

…JUST KIDDING!

I WANT THESE BAD BOYS:

Alexander McQueen - Punk Skull Pumps - $1375

 
The minute you walked in the joint,
I could see you were a man of distinction,
A real big spender.
Good looking, so refined.
Say wouldn’t you like to know
What’s going on in my mind?

…Happy (beginning) of the holiday season 😉