Hilton Head – 12/13/11

Strange place, Hilton Head island. It’s mainly a private shopping-malls-golf-courses-resort-condos enclave. With a light house. And if you find one of the 7 public parking lots, you can walk a boardwalk over the dunes to gorgeous beach. But we never found anything like the Cape Cod National Seashore, or any area where the public has an open view of ocean. The roads along the shore are completely overbuilt with hotels, resorts, and gorgeous (and smaller) houses on stilts. They do take pride in their environmental approach to development in the 50s/60s, preserving a lot of inland acreage for natural areas. Plus, the whole island stops for endangered loggerhead turtle nesting season – no streetlights, no houselights visible from the beach, because those little baby loggerheads hatch out of their nests on the beach and run like mad to the brightest horizon (usually the ocean). But that’s in the Spring.

We saw lots of birds – ibis on the golf courses, hawks overhead. And learned about native Indian and Gullah history.

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