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RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: JohnnyT

Date Posted: 2/22/2019 7:56 AM



There are times when a live oak's branches hang low enough to actually touch the ground. The branches start downward from the trunk, dip down and touch the ground, then proceed to rise upward. I'm sure some of you have seen this. It usually happens with the bigger and older trees. There is a term for this that I learned about during a tour of either Beaufort, SC or Savannah...when this happens its called an "angel-kiss tree". Pretty cool.

JohnnyT

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 2/27/2019 6:10 PM



I see the weather has been overcast and grey for the last few days. I'd still rather be on Hilton Head than in the office. I just got this snapshot from the Salty Dog webcam in South Beach. I see the dolphin cruise boat is out.

Cheers,
Will





RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 3/1/2019 12:11 PM



Foggy morning...







RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Paula

Date Posted: 3/2/2019 11:34 AM



Where is this located Dave? I don't recall seeing those large rocks along the waters' edge before.

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 3/2/2019 3:53 PM



There is a path all along the edge of the sound in Hilton Head Plantation. My house is very close to it so I usually walk Bosco there a couple of times a day. The Port Royal Sound is part of the intra coastal waterway so there's always stuff to see (lots of boats). That picture is taken looking at Dolphin Point park. It's not at all unusual to see dolphins in the sound. Here's one looking toward the ocean. BTW, that armor rock was all over the place after Matthew and the path was closed for many months while they gathered it back into place and brought in truckload after truckload of more rock.







RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: JohnnyT

Date Posted: 3/4/2019 12:39 PM



So the land mass to the left (I'm assuming to the north) is st Helena island, parris, or pritchards?

JohnnyT

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 3/4/2019 3:41 PM



Paris Island (where Marine Corp basic training is) is directly across from the Hilton Head Plantation (can often hear gun fire from the range in the mornings). Looking toward the ocean you can see the tip of St. Helena. Every Friday (I think) they have a graduation ceremony for the guys and gals finishing basic. It's quite fun to attend. Went once when some of the grand kids were here...stirred up lots of old memories.





RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: JohnnyT

Date Posted: 3/5/2019 11:01 AM



I'm very envious of your morning (and other times) walks. I've been to Hilton Head too many times to count (since 1972) and I never get tired of the natural beauty of the low country. Every season offers different perspectives.

Have you ever walked/explored the Pickney Island NWR? I've been there a couple of time to explore...I would like to do more...

JohnnyT

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 3/17/2019 12:13 PM



Thought the cold was gone but gray and chilly today. Happy St Patty's day! Thought about the St Pat day parade this afternoon but it's so gray and chilly, probably pass.









RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 3/17/2019 5:11 PM



Dave,

You and your dog are living the good life. That is a great spot for a Sunday stroll and it looks like you've got the whole place to yourself. Did you manage to squeeze any golf in this weekend?

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 3/17/2019 6:30 PM



Every Saturday, Will...and lots of weekdays too. Sun is finally out and it's another beautiful day in the Lowcountry. This week is golfless because some of the grandkids are here. Now it's off to Mangiamo's for pizza.--Dave

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 4/21/2019 5:40 PM



Hey Dave,

Did you get tickets to the RBC Heritage this week? I imagine they're hard to get.

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 4/21/2019 6:18 PM



Hey Will, There are a lot of free tickets floating around but I was not planning to go. A golfing buddy whose wife works at Coastal States Bank got him a couple of tickets with VIP parking and hospitality tent. He called this morning about 7 and asked if I wanted to go, so we went about 12:30 and came home about 5 to watch the end on TV. It was a beautiful day for the final. Friday they cleared the course for awhile due to high winds and rain. The tournament is very well run. Happy Easter! He is risen!

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 5/17/2019 6:11 PM



It's a beautiful day on Hilton Head Island. Here's the current view from the Salty Dog.



RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 5/17/2019 6:37 PM



Another beautiful one in deed! We have had a pretty long string of them lately. Picture is high tide from my buddy's driveway. I think full moon is tomorrow.



RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 5/25/2019 10:01 PM



Dave,

It looks like the heat has arrived. A high of 94*F today and the same for tomorrow. I hope you're putting on the sunscreen before hitting the golf course.

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 5/26/2019 7:14 AM



Hi Will, summer is officially here. Lots of heat and humidity the last several days. Sun block is the order of the day, every day even cloudy ones...dermatology is big business around here. We go to the Church of the Cross in Bluffton and generally to a Saturday evening service. On the way there, the traffic coming toward us in the summer time is heavy on the bridge with mini vans with roof racks and bicycles. It started last night with 278 and Bluffton Parkway all jammed up with incoming. Beaches will be crowded this week but the tourists help keep our taxes low! I would recommend that visitors who arrive late Saturday afternoon or evening, stop for dinner in Bluffton and then head across the bridge after the traffic dies down. Y'all come on down!

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 5/28/2019 5:08 PM



Tango, it's an exciting time when you're closing in on retirement (and a little scary). My wife and I started to go on vacations to places we wanted to look at for retirement. Hilton Head appealed to both of us and had the infrastructure of which you spoke...good health care, shopping, relatively safe, friendly people not to mention the sheer beauty of the island. Our home of 30+ years in northern VA outside DC was paid for and we bought here about 8 years prior to retirement. We had saved some money and took a small loan against our main home and paid cash for the home here. We rented out long term here on HHI through a rental management company, then sold our Va home and entered retirement with no debt. When we were ready to retire we hired a contractor who redid the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, paint, etc. We have been here for about seven years and still thank God every day! It doesn't seem to get old to us. We still say "we live here"! to each other. It's certainly not perfect (hurricanes, humidity, bugs, lots of traffic in the summer, etc) but overall we feel like it was the perfect move for us. Good luck to you!

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 5/29/2019 5:20 PM



We did not get far. We first visited Pinehurst NC as I like to golf. My wife does not golf and that was all Pinehurst was about. Anything else, you had to go 45 minutes away to Raleigh (and it snows there!). Hilton Head was the second place and Amelia Island was to be next. We fell in love with HHI and never made it any further. We have been to Amelia Island since for the Concours event there and it was nice but we are convinced we made the right decision. We're not real crazy about FL. We also have been to Naples, FL several times as we have VA friends who retired there. Lots of wealthy people there and 80 degrees in January but also a lot of 6 lane highways with strip shopping centers. Our friend's golf club is $20K / year...way out of my league. And again it's FL, Your mileage may vary. Good luck in your search.

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 6/2/2019 5:56 PM



Dave,

My wife and I lived in the Tampa / St. Petersburg area for almost 10 years and I can confirm much of what you're saying about Florida. Many wealthy people retire there from northern states and have driven real estate prices through the roof in most desirable areas. The median house price in South Tampa is probably close to $700K these days and the private schools (K - 12) cost as much as some of the best public universities in the country.

The one nice thing is there's no state income tax in Florida, but that's less of a concern when you're retied. There are places in Florida I would consider retiring to. like St. Augustine Beach or Anna Maria Island, but Hilton Head is high on the list as well.

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 6/2/2019 9:11 PM



Out on my buddy's boat fishing today. Another beautiful day in the Lowcountry...





RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: JohnnyT

Date Posted: 6/3/2019 12:56 PM



Speaking of retiring...Dave/Will, what are some advantages of retiring in South Carolina from a financial point of view?

Thanks-

JohnnyT

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 6/6/2019 6:21 PM



JohnnyT,

We'll have to let Dave answer that one since I haven't done much research. I still have 15-20 years to go before I retire. I'm not sure if there are financial advantages, but it sure is a great place to live.

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 6/12/2019 5:13 PM



Wrong week to have your vacation on Hilton Head! Lots of rain and lots of thunder. Bluffton had the most rain in the US in the last 24 hours. Beware of flash floods tonight says the Island Packet. This afternoon my wife and I tried to go down to the Kroger on the south end and traffic was backed up big time. Turns out one lane was flooded and they were pumping it out. Feel bad for those that waited all year for their vacation and got this. Prior to this, it hadn't rained in at least a month.

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 6/22/2019 3:02 PM



Dave,

It looks pretty nice today. How's your summer going so far. Do the crowds seem as big as last summer?

Cheers,
Will

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