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RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: BeachGal

Date Posted: 2/19/2019 7:45 PM



What kind of trees are these? I love how low to the ground the branches grow. They get so big I can hardly believe they don't need support to keep from breaking off. The trees must be very strong to be able to support them in high winds and thunderstorms.

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 2/20/2019 7:36 AM



They are live oaks...a really spectacular tree that is all over the island. It's true that the branches are often longer than the tree is tall. I have thought about that a lot ...all the wind that has blown across this island over the years and most endure it. They only lose their leaves as the new ones are coming out and push the old ones off, consequently staying green all year long. That's one of my favorite things about winter here, much of the foliage stays green all winter.







RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Will

Date Posted: 2/20/2019 6:10 PM



Dave,

Yes, live oaks are awesome trees. We had two in our yard when we lived in Florida, but they weren't nearly as big as some of the ones on Hilton Head. I have seen a couple of very old live oaks where someone had to put supports under some of the lower limbs that were enormous. I never considered how they hold up to strong winds, but they are oak which is a hard wood. On a different topic; That picture of Hilton Head with snow on the ground is great. That's a rare occurrence on HHI and I've never seen it in person.

Cheers,
Will

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: BeachGal

Date Posted: 2/20/2019 7:13 PM



Thank you!

RE: Living in Hilton Head

Posted By: Dave

Date Posted: 2/21/2019 5:51 PM



Another...





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: Last Tango

Date Posted: 5/28/2019 1:42 PM



We got back from our last trip to HHI and predictably had a wonderful time. Beautiful Island, nice people and cooperative weather. We met with a realtor and went to some open houses. My wife and I plan to retire in a year. I'm pretty much sold on HHI, but the wife isn't quite sure. I think when you put down on paper the needs and wants list and then rate the various town/cities for places to retire to, it's tough to beat Hilton Head. If we were just looking for a vacation spot, the list of viable locations would be pretty large. When you think of living the rest of your life in an area, then hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants and entertainment and activities make a difference. We would need to sell our home near Atlanta to put toward our retirement home in Hilton Head. Looking at homes was exiting and sobering.

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: Last Tango

Date Posted: 5/29/2019 8:17 AM



Thanks Dave. Sounds like you had a good plan and it was well executed. Sometimes I have a good plan and I don't execute it well. Other times, I have a poor plan that I work to perfection.

Would you mind telling me some of the other places that you looked at and which ones were under consideration? I like the beaches of the gulf coast, but find the culture of the Carolina's to be superior.

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