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Old 12-01-2011, 09:49 AM   #631
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FUN! What a great morning so far! I'm glad P ended up going with you, it looks like you two had a blast on your kayak tour! Looked like such a great day to do it!
It was great! I knew it would be and I am so glad that P liked it as well. I figured if any kayak tour would be fun and easy, it would be a Disney sponsored tour.

I will definitely kayak again on my next trip to HHI!

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The kayaking tour looks and sounds like it was a lot of fun and very interesting despite the fact that the guide liked to talk and talk and talk. I've always been scared to try kayaking for fear of turning over and being stuck upside down in that itty bitty thing.
Yeah - the extra talking was only mildy annoying. He really was a nice, friendly guy and the kayaking was so fun. I was actually scared to try it, but I figured if it was a Disney tour it was going to be safe. It required far fewer instructions than the segway tour I took last year at Disney. I wanted to kayak when we were at the OBX last summer, but I chickened out because the current looked strong. This was a great place to try it as a beginner!
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The kayaking looks like a great time...and I'm glad that P went with you and ended up loving it as much as you.

I could sit in those chairs all day long looking at that view.
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Phew! All caught up! I was MIA but I'm back, baby!

HHI looks just gorgeous. What a great place to relax & get away.

Savannah is so beautiful! And that church - come on!! Stunning!! I'm sorry they weren't nice about taking pictures in some of those places. How rude.

I'm glad you had fun in the kayak - good for you! I'm such a chicken I don't know if I could do it.
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I'm sure the kayaking would be a lot of fun, and I'd do that for sure. When we lived in NC we used to participate in a lot of activities that the Fort Fisher Aquarium used to offer like exploring the salt marsh, crabbing, clamming, etc. They were always great.
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The Kayaking tour looked like it was fun, you got a lot of great pics. I have wanted to try kayaking but I have always chickened out.
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Love all the shots of the views...they all look so lovely!

I'm glad Dottie was a very nice person and able to answer all your questions

Yay on going kayaking - it looks like so much fun. I have done it once and was scared I was going to fall out of the kayak! Yay on the tour guide being easy on the eye...a shame that it was not the same when it came to the ears!

I knew the first two things about the dolphins but didn't know they sleep with half of their brain - I have learnt something new on these boards
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Two weeks and 1 day and my suitcase is Packed!

Going to buy a second park ticket today with my $250 in AAA rebate certificates. Having $500 towards park tickets certainly made this trip less expensive!
Nice job on the packing. And on saving all that money. We're AAA members, too. Hmmm....

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I never do anything early, but for some reason I can always get my packing done way ahead of schedule. It helps that I don't need to wear any of the shorts I packed.
I totally understand. I'm already half-packed and we don't go 'til February. But I figured when I was putting away the summer clothes that I might as well pack the warm weather clothes I'm going to take with me.

And kayaking with dolphins in beautiful surroundings with good friends. Sound fantastic. And...as always...beautiful pictures.
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The kayaking looks like a great time...and I'm glad that P went with you and ended up loving it as much as you.
The kayaking was great and I highly recommend it to anyone who visits the resort. It also gives you a look at the resort from a different perspective, although I didn't take any pictures of the resort from the kayak.

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Phew! All caught up! I was MIA but I'm back, baby!
Well, welcome back! I'm so glad you took the time to catch back up!!!!

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HHI looks just gorgeous. What a great place to relax & get away.
HHI was amazing! It is such a visually appealing island with so much to see and do. I absolutely loved it.

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Savannah is so beautiful! And that church - come on!! Stunning!! I'm sorry they weren't nice about taking pictures in some of those places. How rude.
That church was the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been in. They did a fabulous job with the restoration. I love how they combined the the new with the old and the painting on the ceiling was amazing.

Savannah was a great town. I am so thankful I had the chance to visit.

As far as the pictures, I just think I am spoiled from being able to take whatever pics I want on a Disney trip. But I know that a lot of places restrict pictures so I shouldn't have been surprised.

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I'm glad you had fun in the kayak - good for you! I'm such a chicken I don't know if I could do it.
Wel, I'm a chicken too, but I looked at it this way - if I'm going to do something scary, I can't think of a better place than Disney. It really was perfect for a beginner.

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I'm sure the kayaking would be a lot of fun, and I'd do that for sure. When we lived in NC we used to participate in a lot of activities that the Fort Fisher Aquarium used to offer like exploring the salt marsh, crabbing, clamming, etc. They were always great.
The kayaking was great. If you ever visit HHI make sure you take the tour (on Member day).

I didn't know you lived in NC. I bet that was a blast. And those sound like great activities. I think the Carolinas must be a great place to live.

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The Kayaking tour looked like it was fun, you got a lot of great pics. I have wanted to try kayaking but I have always chickened out.
I always chicken out too, but this really was the perfect place to try it. I'm so glad I did because it was easy and it wasn't scary at all. All I can say is, give a chance if you get the opportunity again. It's really fun!

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Love all the shots of the views...they all look so lovely!

Thank you! I had so much fun taking pictures around the resort.

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I'm glad Dottie was a very nice person and able to answer all your questions

She was a doll! She used to be on the DIS before she became a CM, but then I guess she decided to drop it. Really, really sweet. Hope she's still there when I go back.

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Yay on going kayaking - it looks like so much fun. I have done it once and was scared I was going to fall out of the kayak! Yay on the tour guide being easy on the eye...a shame that it was not the same when it came to the ears!
Well, the CM who signed me up had me worried that was going to happen, but apparently its next to impossible to flip a double kayak. I really would like to try a single.

"Easy on the Eyes, but not on the Ears". Good one! That about sums it up!

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I knew the first two things about the dolphins but didn't know they sleep with half of their brain - I have learnt something new on these boards
Apparently their right and left sides of the brain don't communicate so one side can be asleep when the other is awake. Pretty cool. I wish I could learn that trick!


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Nice job on the packing. And on saving all that money. We're AAA members, too. Hmmm....
The AAA Visa has good rewards - better than the Disney Visa. I think its 2% on everything. The rewards came in as $50 certificates which can be used on anything AAA sells or they can be used towards $75 off a Hertz rental and you can use up to 3 for a rental. I use my rebates for park tickets and for rooms. But if you use it for a vacation or room you have to book through AA, which I don't mind because I found a really nice AAA agent that I like. So the rebates come in pretty handle towards traveling.

Oh and of course there is no annual fee with the CC. I think you just sign up. The certificates do expire after a year.

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I totally understand. I'm already half-packed and we don't go 'til February. But I figured when I was putting away the summer clothes that I might as well pack the warm weather clothes I'm going to take with me.
Well, now I don't feel so bad if you're already packing. I have a few more things to add ( a couple pairs of pants), but that's it. Yeah! I only have a few more errands like memory cards and I'm going to get a Disney gift card for food.

Yup - packing for the opposite season is fun!

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And kayaking with dolphins in beautiful surroundings with good friends. Sound fantastic. And...as always...beautiful pictures.
Well said. The kayaking was wonderful and seeing the dolphins off in the distance was a bonus.

Thank you on the pictures!
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Glad you got to go kayaking. Looks like you had a ton of fun.

Great phone pics while kayaking, i would have been too scared I would drop the phone.
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Glad you got to go kayaking. Looks like you had a ton of fun.

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It was great! So much fun and very educational! Now I can cross that off my bucket list. Seriously - I hope to do it again the next time I visit HHI.

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Great phone pics while kayaking, i would have been too scared I would drop the phone.
I was very afraid and dropping it, but got braver as the trip went on. Then I started to worry that I might drop the paddle, but I knew our fearless leader would retrieve it!
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Looks like the kayaking was a lot of fun! Except for Chatty Kathy the Tour Guide, I mean. Still, sounds like it was worth the time.

And I'm very glad you didn't try ramming that boat while you were out there. I don't think that would have gone well, for you or your iPhone.
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Looks like the kayaking was a lot of fun! Except for Chatty Kathy the Tour Guide, I mean. Still, sounds like it was worth the time.
The kayaking was great! I highly recommend it if you ever get a chance. All the extra banter was really only mildly annoying in the beginning when I was trying to concentrate. Then we got so spread out I couldn't hear him anymore!

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And I'm very glad you didn't try ramming that boat while you were out there. I don't think that would have gone well, for you or your iPhone.
That's for sure, plus P was to happy with me with the number of boats I did hit, but I couldn't tell because I was in the back of the boat.
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Honey, I just bought a yacht!

So I have about 10 days until we leave for Disney and I really want to finish my HHI TR. Not Rush it, but just update twice a week until we leave. I figure the rest of the weekend is busy, busy....so it looks like its time for another update.


Our second resort day was better than the first. I was really settling in at HHI and it felt like home. Starting the day off with some exercise, picture taking, a kayak trip, and a lazy afternoon at the pool….well, it doesn’t get much better than that, does it? I finally had to drag myself out of my chair and go inside and get ready for the evening festivities.

Our plan was to visit Harbour Town, which is a tourist area located in the Sea Pines Resort on the island. Sea Pines, of course, is a gated area which requires an admission fee ($5 I think). The center point of H T is the lighthouse, which is 90 ft tall.

http://www.harbourtownlighthouse.com/

The area also hosts several shops and restaurants as well as more kayaking. The Spirit of Harbour Town, as well as several other boats, sail out of the marina.

http://www.vagabondcruise.com/

I was initially interested in taking the Spirit of Harbour Town Cruise to Savannah, but we decided to drive instead. I still think this cruise sounds pretty cool, although if I go back to Savannah I will probably just do one of their river cruises.

Here we are driving through the Sea Pines community, which was even more upscale then the rest of the island and just gorgeous. The picture doesn't do it justice, but the tree lined roads were captivating.



This shop was right next to the parking lot near the light house. Looks pretty much like a typical beach shop.



But what was around the corner was not so typical.

A whole marina filled with the biggest boats and yachts I personally have ever seen



Not your everyday speed boats, that's for sure.





We stopped in a shop, where I did NOT take pictures , that was pretty upscale and sold the most beautiful beaded pocket books. L was seriously contemplating buying one to take to her son’s wedding, but she refrained.

When we left the shop we walked down by the marina and came across the biggest darn yacht I have ever seen (except on Life Styles of the Rich and Famous). I told L that instead of the pocket book, I was going to send her DH a picture of her standing in front of the yacht with the message “Look what L just bought”. After he recovered from that shock he wouldn’t care if she bought a $250 beaded handbag to use once!

Just to give you an idea of how BIG that yacht actually was, I made L and P stand in front of it.



the middle of the yacht



the back



OK - so just for the heck of it I googled the name of this boat to see if I could find out more. According to one site the owner named the boat after his three daughters, hence the Pa, Li, Ne and he rents it through International Yacht Charters (or something like that). And you know what the guy does - owns nursing homes and hospices all over the southeast. Interesting?

Here's another "small" yacht



Here are few pictures of the shops at Harbour Town





Restaurant with live music (he sounded pretty good)



Next stop – the light house.



There are a little gift shop at the top and it cost a couple bucks to go up there.

The view from the lighthouse was wonderful.















The last boat is the Spirit of Harbour Town. Looks like a dingy compare to the Pa-Li-Ne.



Unfortunately, we were still well over an hour from sunset. How I would have loved to be there during sunset, but there was no way I could hang up there that long and I don’t think they would have readmitted me.

I tried to stay a little longer and take a few more pictures after the ladies descended.







Then I took some closeups of the surrounding marina







Continued Next Post..........


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You know I love my flags!



The gift shop at the top of the lighthouse had a few fun things to admire



Scuppernong jelly? Really???? Buy one, get one free.

This could have been the title for my trip report:







Being the straggler again, I descended the light house which was lined with all sorts of cool old pictures and educational facts, which I could have read had I more time!



I know we DIS people love our pressed pennies



If you have an extra couple seconds, read this.



Go Ida!!!!!







Seriously - this is cool stuff! Why rush through it?

A sweet grass basket on display



Ok - so maybe Harbour Town is a tourist trap, but I have to say that it is a nicely done tourist trap!

Back outside:






We decided to visit the outdoor bar and have a drink.



I have no idea who had what or even what each drink was called. All I can tell you is this sugary sweet ritas make me long for the taste of a Ditch margarita. Those ritas have spoiled me for life.

But, it was a great girlfriend moment and we decided right there and then and we needed to plan another GF trip. We tentatively decided on NYC or Williamsburg for a spring long weekend. I think we will probably end up going the W-burg route because it’s a little more budget conscious and L has never been there.

When we were done toasting and drinking I noticed that the sun was starting to set. Woo Hoo – Here was my chance to get another spectacular sunset. I asked P and L if they would mind if I set off to take a few pictures.
Wow – I arrived right on time! The sunset was gorgeous. I took a bunch of pictures with the boats in the background.















I was so afraid those pictures would look bad, so I hurried to the end of the dock to get a few more with an unobstructed view.





Continued.......
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I’ll tell you – the sun sets fast in HHI, but it sure is a spectacular site.





Sunset cruise anyone?





I guess I did get a little carried away with the sunset shots. Shocking, I know!

Post sunset, we hit a gift shop to buy T-shirts for our kids at home.

See all the folks watching the sunset. Nice!



Beautiful sky. Beautiful night.



Come home Kayakers





Bye Lighthouse



Bye Harbour town






Next stop – dinner. It was dark by the time we left Sea Pines. Our dinner destination – The Alligator Grille with a restaurant.com coupon courtesy of Bill (Saintstickets).

Well, Hello Alligator



This restaurant was inside a pretty shopping center and had some interesting decorative pieces.







The bar area actually got a little noisy during our meal. There was live music and one rowdy girl at the bar, who was extremely loud or extremely drunk, or both. Strange, because it was a Wednesday night at dinner time. I tried to get a pic, but all I could get was this quiet guy who was staring at me. Yup, paprazzi for you my man!



The ladies had water, while I had this lemon chiffon martini



It was good!

I didn't order an app because my GF's, as you can see, are light eaters and I didn't want to be the pig in the group. Mistake!

This is L's entree.



I know its some kind of fish and I have no idea what all that other "stuff" is?

P and I had the red snapper



I enjoyed this very much. I guess it was a special that night because I can't find it on the menu. Oh well!

So you know that my GF's didn't want dessert and when the bill came I forgot one important thing about the restaurant.com coupon. It was a $50 coupon and you have to spend $100, which we had not done. So to use the coupon we each had to order dessert and I got some sushi to go. The waiter was very patient with us over this snaffu. The funny thing, I knew the rules, but I just completely forgot.

So we got our desserts packaged to go and when we got back to the villa we each made a little trio with the yum-yums



It actually turned out to be a fun way to cap off the night.

I'm thinking we probably hit the hot tub as well!

So, thanks, Bill....it was a great meal. Totally enjoyed it AND I had sushi the next night....and it was GOOD!

Up Next......The most beautiful city in the USA (Charleston).

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