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Old 06-25-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Our First Trip to Hilton Head, Y'all! We are SOLD!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Or as they say in Hilton Head, "Hear Y'all! Hear Y'all!"

Step right up as I tell the tale of a slightly hyper 43 year-old male scared of a beach vacation. . . . So when my lovely wife suggested a beach trip to Hilton Head, I was somewhat skeptical.

My questions to my lovely wife included:
  • "What will we do without a race for a "fastpass"?
  • "What will I do without a Mickey Ice Cream Bar?"
  • "What will we do without the fight for a dinner reservation six months in advance that I must get up at 7:00 AM during my day off so that we can use our Tables in Wonderland card and get free valet parking so that we can park in the resort parking lot then walk or take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks then when we leave we can just walk back or take the monorail to the resort and get our car at valet thus giving us an easy escape once the fireworks are over at the Magic Kingdom (this also works at EPCOT by the way, just be sure to park at the Beach Club). . . . "

So. . .In my first attempt at a "trip report". . . .enjoy! My DW will pop-in here every now and then to give you the wife view!

Oh! And there will be pictures!

So, without further ado. . . .
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Or as they say in Hilton Head, "Hear Y'all! Hear Y'all!"

Step right up as I tell the tale of a slightly hyper 43 year-old male scared of a beach vacation. . . . So when my lovely wife suggested a beach trip to Hilton Head, I was somewhat skeptical.

My questions to my lovely wife included:
  • "What will we do without a race for a "fastpass"?
  • "What will I do without a Mickey Ice Cream Bar?"
  • "What will we do without the fight for a dinner reservation six months in advance that I must get up at 7:00 AM during my day off so that we can use our Tables in Wonderland card and get free valet parking so that we can park in the resort parking lot then walk or take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks then when we leave we can just walk back or take the monorail to the resort and get our car at valet thus giving us an easy escape once the fireworks are over at the Magic Kingdom (this also works at EPCOT by the way, just be sure to park at the Beach Club). . . . "

So. . .In my first attempt at a "trip report". . . .enjoy! My DW will pop-in here every now and then to give you the wife view!

Oh! And there will be pictures!

So, without further ado. . . .
Yeah!!! I'm first! Ok, ready for the TR! Hopefully I can use it to convince my DH to take the trip to HHI, every time I mention it, he's all wishy washy!
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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Day #1 - Leaving MD. . .

Here's our cast of characters:

Myself - High School English/Drama teacher by day, Radio DJ at night
DW - Elementary School teacher
DS (12) - He's 12, need I say more. . . . ?
DS (2) - He's 2 and teething. . .need I say more?

We load up the Honda minivan and head south down 270, through the beltway, then on to 95. First thing you learn. . . DO NOT TAKE I-495 and I-95 through DC!!!! We left early and even doing that the traffic on the beltway and through Fredericksburg should be an embarrassment to civil engineers everywhere!

But I digress. . .

We stop in Florence, SC to give the entire group a break, to spend the night and to dream of marshland, the ocean, and sand. . . .

More soon (along with pictures, I promise. . . .).
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
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Can't wait for the pics! Have a great time.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:35 AM   #5
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I'm comin' along for the ride, ya'll!
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I'm in, we are planning a HH trip for next June....pls give lots of details, does and don'ts. Really looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing pics.

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:35 AM   #7
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:59 AM   #8
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I have never been a big fan of beach vacations but I am interested to see how things go with your trip.

For us it would be about a total of 10 hours driving. We would likely do this over two days (with a stop at my cousins house outside Atlanta).
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:18 AM   #9
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Can't wait to read more. I LOVED my one trip to HHI, and I too was a little skeptical when I booked. Keep those updates coming!
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:34 AM   #10
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OK, count me in...you got me hooked already! Love your writing style plus HHI is the EXACT reason we bought into DVC to begin with back in 1998. I can't wait to see it again through your eyes as you have your first experience.

It will be nothing like running to get your fastpass, making dining reservations long before you even know what time you will hungry, and frantically arranging your day to get in all the things the family wants to do.

This vacation should be about...deciding which pool you want to go to that day, how far down the beach to you want to walk and should you rent bicyles by the day or for the week. Tough decisions huh?

Keep it coming my friend...
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:56 AM   #11
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I'm in, we are planning a HH trip for next June....pls give lots of details, does and don'ts. Really looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing pics.

Erika
Ditto here except we are booked for the last week in October this year. Can't wait to read how your trip progressed, activities available, restaurants to visit and PICS, PICS, PICS!
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:00 AM   #12
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As a true HHI fan, I'm here too! I'm also especially anxious to see pictures, as well as hear all about it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #13
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Wa-hooo! Leaving less than 2 months for our first trip to HHI, so I've got my listening ears on (well, reading ears? - nah, that doesn't make sense!) Any hoot - looking forward to your report
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:54 PM   #14
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Ditto here except we are booked for the last week in October this year. Can't wait to read how your trip progressed, activities available, restaurants to visit and PICS, PICS, PICS!
Ditto here as well except we are booked for the first week of October. We did an overnight last year (it is nicely halfway to WDW and home for us) and are hooked. Big surprise for me as DW is very very fair with red hair (she is the fairest of all to me)

The kids love it as well so we plan on going there more often. We may even buy in there at some point.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:33 PM   #15
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You MUST check out Nick's Seafood down the street from the resort!!!! Its truly Steelers Nation!!! Not to mention great food!

Look forward to your report!
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