Friday, September 9, 2011

Hilton Head 2011 -- Part 5 -- The Grand Finale!

On Thursday morning, the kids decided to run the 2 miles to the beach, while Bethany and I rode over in the van.  They have been running regularly, and are training for a 5K with other members of our church, so this was a good run for them.



It was a picture-perfect day at the beach!!!  Think 80 degrees or so with low humidity, a gentle breeze, and cloudless blue skies!






Seriously, I couldn't imagine a more perfect day!


Chris worked hard nearly the entire time, digging and building his crowning achievement -- Prince Caspian's castle!  :)







Then Matt and Bethany took a turn with the big shovel and dug until they struck water!  :)   They decided to make a swimming pool!


Luke and Hannah ran some sprints and timed themselves with Luke's new pedometer!


The day was so pleasant that it was hard to tear ourselves away, but we finally went in and got our showers so we could go out to eat.  We had some restaurant vouchers, which we chose to redeem at The Old Oyster Factory, since some friends recommended it!  ;)


The view over the marsh was gorgeous, especially as the sun went down, but . . .



I have to tell you that the food was over-priced and simply not very good.  Basically, it was a huge disappointment after our delicious meal at The Crazy Crab earlier in the week!!  :(

So, we just tried to focus on the views (which were pretty, but not worth the price we had to pay for them)!  :(


Hannah located some pretty spots and some willing subjects and quickly filled up my memory card!  Here's a sampling . . .






On the way back, I chased the setting sun and stopped at this Veteran's Memorial so Hannah could capture the quickly dropping orb.  Don't you love the way God "signs" each day with his unmistakable "signature?"






Our final destination of the day was the beach for a late evening stroll . . . .

Chris immediately went to check on his castle!  It was damaged by the tide . . . but still standing!  :)


Then we watched the waves dance their final dance of the day . . . .






to Moonlight Serenade . . .  

5 comments:

Rebecca's Refining said...

I think the ocean is by far my favorite! It is simply beautiful, and the majesty and power of it all are a great reflection of God!

Sorry the food was a disappointment, but at least the scenery was divine!

I think you enjoyed your week away at the beach!

Donna G. said...

Elizabeth, these are some of your best photos! Fabulous!!

lisa w. in sc said...

I agree about the oyster factory resturaunt..although that is the very spot where i grew up..my uncle was the magistrate on the island and owned the original oyster company..our house was situated closer to the road...when i was younger, there were old abandoned boats that i used to play in..good memories..thanks..lisa w. in sc

busymomof10 said...

lisa w. -- pretty cool that you grew up there!!! What a neat childhood! Too bad that the restaurant didn't live up to expectations . . . . :(

In the Nursery of the Nation said...

Beautiful family :) You are so blessed!

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