April 17 – 21 – Hilton Head and Bluffton – Old Fiends and Close Cousins

Our drive from Jacksonville to Bluffton and Hilton Head was completely uneventful and unremarkable other than the pea soup fog early in the morning

Fog Leaving Jacksonville (a) Fog Leaving Jacksonville (b)and a seemingly out-of-place lighthouse.

Lighthouse, along I-95 in Southern Georia - 2015-04-22While there, we reconnected with Ron and Carol Corkum … our best friends during the four years we lived in Burlington, MA (1968 – 1972) … whom we’d not seen nor spoken to in some 43 years! We had a marvelous reunion. It was another one of the benefits of our RV lifestyle … being able to visit friends and family; whether annually or after decades.

We also spent two days with my cousin and his wife, Bob and MJ Newbert
2015-04-21 - Bob and MaryJane Newbert, Sea Pines Resort Beach Club, Hilton Head, SCas well as his brother and wife, Mark and Terre Newbert.
2015-04-21 - Mark and Terre Newbert, Sea Pines Resort Beach Club, Hilton Head, SC
Tuesday afternoon the six of us took a boat from Palmetto Bluffs (Bob’s home)
Leaving Palmetto Bluffs Island Egret in Flight near Palmetto Blffs, Blffton, SC - 2015-04-22 Gull in Flight, Sea Pines Resrot Beach Club, Hilton Head, SC - 2015-04-22to Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island.

Entrance to Harbor Town

Entrance to Harbor Town

Lighthouse (a), Harbor Town, Hilton Head, SC - 2015-04-22

Shannon 39

Shannon 39

America’s Cup Winner “Stars and Stripes

America’s Cup Winner “Stars and Stripes

 “Out to Lunch” by Seward Johnson


Out to Lunch” by Seward Johnson

Wedding … to which we were not invited

Wedding … to which we were not invited

We took a courtesy shuttle bus
Shuttle Busacross the island to Sea Pines Resort Beach Club for lunch
2015-04-21 - Dick and Debbie, Sea Pines Resort Beach Club, Hilton Head, SCand wandered a section of the pristine beach,
Beach at Sea Pineswatched pelicans diving after fish
Pelican Hitting the water After Fishand saw stranded jellyfish on plies of oyster shells.
Stranded Jellyfish on a Pile of Oyster Shells, Hilton Head RV Resort and Marina, Hilton Head, SC - 2015-04-22
Heading back to Palmetto Bluffs there were several sailing yachts,
Schooner (c), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22gorgeous estates, like this one recently built by a former NLF player,
NFL Player's Hometypical docks along the Intercostal Waterway constructed to serve their owners during high or low tides,
Docks (a) along the  Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22kayakers,
DSC_0468seemingly deserted islands,
Island with Dead Treeand a group of dolphins which entertained us for at least a half hour …

Dolphins (i), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22 Dolphins (f), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22 Dolphins (h), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22 Dolphins (l), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22 Dolphins (k), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22 Dolphins (j), Intercoastal Waterway off Hilton Head Island, SC - 2015-04-22including one pair apparently mating.

During our stay we also decided to spend our time in Florida next year in Sarasota and not return to Naples where we’ve spend the past four years. We will, however, greatly miss many friends we’ve met there.

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