Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mom's 60th Birthday in Hilton Head

When Mom's 60th birthday was approaching, I ran into some research about a Japanese tradition called kanreki. Many east Asian cultures embrace a version of kanreki, which is meant to be a celebration of achievements and a time of rebirth.

My dad, who turns 60 this year, celebrated his kanreki by finding a new love younger than his children and having a beautiful baby boy--truly leaving his wife and old family behind completely and starting over in an attempt to finally be happy. He seized his own "rebirth" for himself.

My mom, on the other hand, needed some celebrating. Of nine different choices, she chose a road trip to Hilton Head Island! The trip turned out to be quick and fun. One of our favorite parts was stopping at a pecan orchard outside of Macon on the way down. There's a huge commercial farm called Lane closer to the interstate, but we read some good reviews for Dickeys and headed to Musella. It was off season for peaches and pecans, but the shopkeepers were so nice, and we bought a few bags for the road. These pecans are nothing like the variety you generally find in stores. They're fatter and sweeter. They really taste like candy.

I like to have a plan on trips--even if we don't end up following most of it. :)

One of the best parts of the trip was the sunset tour of the Sound. It was gorgeous, and our tour guide was so knowledgeable and energetic.

Of course, if we could, we'd zoom to Tuscany for a month, but taking a pause to make a birthday memory was a good time.

FRIDAY

Stop in Macon
Arrive and check in
Dinner in Harbor Town OR sandwiches and cupcakes at Signes’
Walk to the beach for sunset

SATURDAY

Breakfast in the condo
Walk to the beach
Black Market Minerals & Coffee break at Caretta Coffee Company
5:15 PM to 7:15 PM: Sunset cruise tour of the Colibogue Sound
Dinner at the Salty Dog Cafe

SUNDAY

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Drive Home

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