We bought a new Camry and thought we’d take it out on a road trip down south to Hilton Head. We had never been in that neck of the country before, except passing it by, driving straight through to Florida on a family trip around Thanksgiving time. That’s when the kids were young.
Now that it’s just my husband and I, we didn’t even get a map or go on google. We were just in the mood to explore, so we packed a bag, got in the car at five in the morning and drove out of our driveway in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and headed to Interstate-95. www.googlemap.com
For those of you interested, Hilton Head is twelve hours from our town in New Jersey. That fact we didn’t know when we left that morning. We thought it was only about eight hours. Well, we were on a joy ride anyway without a schedule for the next seven days.
I love the whole idea of a road trip: we get to talk to one another, sometimes listen to a book, and we these kinds of trips every so often.
When I saw Bonneville, the movie, I loved the idea of a road trip through the salt flats and the mountain range of California. There’s just something spiritual about hitting the road early in the morning and getting to see the wonder of nature. And you never know who you’re going to meet.
I felt that spiritual connection when we crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge: you get to see the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the architectural grace of an engineering marvel. Both a tourist attraction and travel convenience as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel saves you time and distance between Virginia Beach/Norfolk and points northeast of Wilmington, Delaware.
I had researched a couple of condos the night before we left. And we found our way to Palmetto Dunes, an Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. We got the day after spring break ended, and they had a two-bedroom condo for us to rent for five days. The place was beautiful, clean, sparkling even. Such a wonderful and unexpected treat, beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean.
There are many amenities at Palmetto Dunes: golf, tennis, a lagoon for kayaks and canoes. They brag about their reputation for creating an unforgettable vacation. I’d have to agree that it certainly is luxury at its finest. www.palmettodunes.com
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