Going to DVC HHI in late January has some definite advantages for some people, including us. If you like to golf and want to take advantage of some of the great Hilton Head Island golf courses during the off season, then this is the time to go. Sue and I checked in on Sunday January 26th and it was a little chilly. Monday proved the same, but by Tuesday, the temperatures started to rise into the 60s and that was good enough. They stayed that way, even inching up into the low 70s before dropping back into the 50s when we checked out on Friday, February 7th. Yes, folks, we stayed almost two weeks. During that period, I took advantage of both off-season rates, and afternoon rates to play golf at a price I can easily afford. All rates below included green fees and cart. 18 holes at Shipyard, tee time at 1pm for $39. 18 holes at Rose Hill, tee time at 12pm for $32. 18 holes at Golden Bear, tee at time 12:30 for $39. 18 holes at Country Club of Hilton Head, tee time at 12:28pm for $39. Also I played the Executive Golf Course of Hilton Head (a little 9 hole course) that is right behind the Outlet Store II, which I played while Sue shopped. If you park at the back of the Stores, you can walk the 20 yards to the clubhouse. It cost me $17 with a free pull cart to play that course, and took about 2 hours just right for those that dont like to shop. Speaking of shopping, you all know that the Disney Outlet Store is gone, but guess what, one of the Character Outlet stores, like the one in Orlando, has gone into the place and they have many Disney bargains. Sue and I took the GPS with us and did a lot of Geocaching. We located two caches on Pickney Island, and one in Port Royal and at the Trask boat dock area. We also found the Audubon Newhall Nature area while searching for the cache there. It is a wonderful little nature walk and close to the resort down off Palmetto Bay Road (near the Post Office). We ate at the Hilton Head Dinner, and find that the evening menu is getting costly and it might not be a place we will ever eat an evening meal again. We took in a great Two-for Tuesday at The Big Bamboo and loved the ribs and chicken. We ate our seafood meal at Captains Seafood. Our best meal of the trip was the early bird special at Kamura Steak House, a Japanese restaurant that serves Benihana style, and is a treat for adults and children with the way the food is prepared right in front of you. We loved to volcano. Speaking of eating, Bryan told us that the Spartina Grill was closing for good the week we were there, so if that is one of your favorites, you are out of luck. We did our grocery shopping at Piggly Wiggly, and if you go, make sure that you get one of the free visitors PFC (Pigs Favorite Customer) cards or you wont get the prices posted on the sale items. While there, we took max advantage of the Spa, and ate many Smores at the campfires. Also, we found that they put out those delicious cranberry and walnut and chocolate chip cookies around 3pm every afternoon by the front desk. I also restocked my treasure and found that some of the clues need to be changed. I had to set up a whole new treasue box because someone stole the old one. We even grilled hot dogs to eat while we watched the Superbowl at Big Murgys Den. We made several trips to the Library where I got a visitors card and used the computers to check my e-mail and read DVC posts. I used a pre-paid phone card to connect to the internet from the room and used my university account to check mail there. On a whim I stuck my Wi-Fi wireless card in my laptop and found that there is a service available in range of the lodge rooms. You could sign up with the service by the hour, day, week, or month by filling out an online form. I didnt do it, but it was there. If you want to try it take your wireless card with you. I will be making some needed updates to my site in the near future and will update some of the links. We declare the 2003 trip a success, and next month will make our 11 month window reservations for 2004.