Thursday, October 23, 2014
Seafood and beach
Pam and I ventured into new territory last week as we escaped our day-to-day routine to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary about six weeks early.
We vacationed on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It was our first trip there.
It was all great, except the drive there Monday night and Tuesday morning. The storms and heavy rainfall followed us.
Once, between Hamilton, Ala., and Jasper, Ala., I had to pull over because it was raining so hard. Other times I was driving 30 miles per hour.
The weather had calmed down once we reached Douglasville, Ga., to spend the night. Then the next morning, as we left Atlanta, Ga., the downpour greeted us again. For the entire 10-hour trip, the windshield wipers were turning for about eight hours.
We arrived at Hilton Head Tuesday afternoon and unloaded our stuff at the condo, about two miles from the nearest beach.
We kicked off our seafood eating extravaganza that night at The Crazy Crab.
The next morning, blue skies greeted us and continued the rest of the week. The weather was wonderful.
Pam picked up breakfast at the nearby French Bakery, and then it was off for about five hours at the beach.
Hilton Head, as we discovered, is much different from Orange Beach, Ala., or Gulf Shores, Ala., which are our normal vacation spots.
Beach access is limited at Hilton Head. You can’t actually drive along the beach, but you can park and walk just a short distance.
After our beach stay, we picked Aunt Chiladas Easy Street Cafe, because I wanted to eat and watch the Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles game. It was perhaps our best restaurant experience of the trip. The fried key lime pie was divine.
We took in a movie, “Gone Girl,” that night at the nearby theater. The mystery/thriller, which we watched from recliners, was good.
The next day I had to get my shopping out of the way – hitting the outlet mall with Pam. Of course, that wasn’t all the shopping on this trip. We hit the boardwalk of shops adjacent to one of the public beaches a few times. Our favorite there was a candle shop, where we bought a pair with college logos – University of Alabama and University of Southern Mississippi.
Other restaurant adventures included The Salty Dog Cafe. My oyster experience there wasn’t great, but the rest was just fine.
Our favorite seafood choice had to be Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. We went there Friday for lunch and enjoyed sitting outside, adjacent to the water, and watching shrimpers leave for a day’s work. The meal was fabulous – some of the best shrimp I’ve ever put in my mouth.
Also Friday, we went to a different beach area, played some putt-putt golf and ate a late dinner at the Frosty Frog Cafe. We had to start with shrimp but finished with some non-seafood – pizza.
We will actually celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on November 25.
We decided to take the trip before then – prior to colder weather arriving. That choice worked out beautifully.
Our next trip on the agenda is Gulf Shores.
But we’re already talking about possibly going back to Hilton Head sometime next year and taking all the family.
It’s always nice to take a break, and this was one of our best ever.
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