Turtles and gators and herons, oh my!
Day 7. Hilton Head, SC.
Today was a quiet, nature-filled day. After Tom brought his bike over to the shop to await his new wheel, he, Chloe and I drove to the Sea Pines resort area, to check out the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. We drove some, got out and walked some, drove some more, got out and walked some more, and just enjoyed a leisurely day of taking in God's beautiful creation. From turtles, to herons, to alligators (mostly babies) and more, we enjoyed getting a close up look at these marvelous creatures.
From there we drove a short mile or two over to Coligny Beach. We grabbed a little something to eat and then walked down to wade in the ocean. It was a beautiful sunny day, but a little on the cool side (high around 70), so getting our feet wet was enough, even though the water was very pleasant. The wind was gusty all day, so there were big waves rolling into shore.
From there, Tom dropped Chloe and I off at the Shelter Cove area for a little shopping while he went to pick up his bike. Of course he had to try out his new wheel, so he went for a ride while we continued to shop. Chloe's been wanting a Hilton Head souvenir t-shirt, and she's seen so many people wearing "Salty Dog Cafe" t-shirts, that she thought she might like to find the cafe and get a shirt there. Even better, we were able to find the Salty Dog t-shirt Factory store, which carried every style, size and color of Salty Dog t-shirts known to man. We ended up getting 3 long sleeve T's in gray for Tom, green for Chloe and bluish purple for me.
Since we had the t-shirts, the next step of course, was to find the cafe and actually eat there! (Yeah, we do things a little backwards sometimes.) Tom biked his way over to the cafe, while we picked up Jared (who had been working hard all day) and we all met at the Salty Dog for dinner. At first they seated us outside, but between the wind and the dropping temps, we were all quite uncomfortable there, so we jumped at the chance to move inside when a table had opened up. Tom and Chloe ordered the Fisherman's Jambalaya Pasta, Jared had Shrimp and Grits, and I had Margarita Salmon. The prices were quite high ($25-ish per person), but the food was excellent, and now we can say "we've been there!" when someone reads our shirts. ;) All in all, our last full day on Hilton Head Island was very pleasant!