Hilton Head Island is a major vacation destination, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa is world-class, Savannah, GA is just about 40 miles away and here I am with an all-expense paid trip and absolutely clueless!
Hilton Head Island happens to be the second largest barrier island on the east coast of the US. It features twelve miles of sandy white beach and the Westin just happens to have a beachfront! There is also world-class golf. The Verizon Heritage tournament was going on while I was there. I seriously need to learn golf as wherever I have gone to interview the doctors never fail to mention where the closest golf course is.
My new friends (other ID fellows in attendance at the conference) and I used our free afternoon on the first day to explore the picturesque Shelter Cove, where we chatted, enjoyed the sun, stopped to smell the flowers, and where I daydreamed about sailing on my very own yacht.
The tour was more than just an introduction to Gullah culture. It also exposed me to the natural habitats of the island. I could certainly come back for more of this! I sense a blossoming hobby of bird-watching!
On our last night, we decided to be adventurous as we were not having lectures the following morning. We went “clubbing”. That was actually fun! About 15 of us stuffed ourselves in a 9 seat van – yes very smart – to get from the hotel to wherever it was happening. The consensus seemed to be a place called Monkey Business. Now I don’t know if the Verizon Heritage tournament had anything to do with the demographics of the customers there. Actually, I think they were all locals. But it was weird seeing 20-year-old people in the usual club attire alongside senior citizens, and even weirder to see the latter couples “racing” to the dance-floor for a Vanilla Ice or Britney Spears song. They were “cute”.