We're back from Hilton Head Island and pretty much exhausted. The weather was gorgeous and we spent most of our time swimming, walking on the beach, reading on the balcony, eating and drinking margaritas. We got lucky with the weather this year (last year we were there during a very early pre-hurricane storm) and the only rain fell at night.
This year we drove down to SC instead of flying for a couple of reasons -- first being cost. We just couldn't justify spending nearly half of the vacation funds on airfare. And secondly, it appears that it is better for the environment to drive (at least when you have 3 people in the car). To tell you the truth, I didn't mind the driving. We were able to drive through the mountains -- the Appalachian Mountain Range and specifically the Great Smoky Mountains -- which were beautiful. In addition, this gave us the opportunity to stay overnight, both on the way there and back, in Asheville, NC. It's a wonderful city filled with restaurants, coffee shops and artists nestled in a mountain valley. While we didn't have a lot of time to explore since it was basically a place for us to crash at night, we did get enough of a taste that we would like to go back there for a vacation in the future.
Knitting was accomplished -- somewhat -- and the stripy Noro Silk Garden scarf has grown a bit. I tend to get carsick though, so I tried to drive as much as possible and the rest of the time I had to look straight ahead to avoid queasiness. The one color of Noro kept splitting, so that slowed me down. I didn't even start the socks, but probably will now that I'm home -- I'm trying out the Opal since it's new to me -- perhaps later today since thunderstorms are in the forecast.