Beauty or Mayhem?

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Mt Pleasant KOA

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Friday, June 27, 2008

We bid farewell to our friend Ray and slowly made our way to Hilton Head Island.  What a destination it was for hundreds maybe even thousands of people that day.  I know it is Friday, but WOW!  The traffic going there was like heading up I-70 to go skiing in the winter.  We knew it was a place many go to golf and spend time on the beach, but where were they all going to do this at?

We didn't have plans on staying there, so we ditched Monica in a shaded parking lot and went on our way in the PT.  First thing first, we went straight to a beach.  The parking lot was pretty empty so we once again we wondered where all the people were going?  We walked down the long board walk to the beach.  Voi'la, here is where everyone was going.  We weren't sure where they were hiding all their cars (probably at the hiding hotels), but this definitely was where the action was.  We have to admit, neither of us had ever witnessed this many people on the beach before.  Bondi beach in Sydney was crowded, but couldn't hold a candle to this beach.  We almost thought we had lost all sense of time and it must have been spring break.  It went for miles and the overcrowding was everywhere.  Clark and Ellen were feeling very claustrophobic.  Was it only because we had left peaceful void of people beaches previously, or was this truly just mayhem?  We decided it was truly mayhem.  We took a couple snapshots got our feet wet and left the area.  Off to Harbor Town in yet more intense traffic where we waited 15 minutes just to enter the round about.  We then climbed another lighthouse and looked at the million dollar yachts.  Yet there were still more and more people even atop of the lighthouse.  It felt very chaotic and congested.  This area is very beautiful in its own manicured sort of way but I can think of better places to spend my time and money without 50,000 other people to do it with.  I can see where people would want to come and spend time here before it became all the rage.  We couldn't wait to leave what seemed to be suburbia to us.

We took a leisurely drive through the waterways and byways lined with greenery otherwise known as the low country to historical Charleston.  Once again the kids needed some down time so we stayed put for the evening as they played teatherball with some new fast friends and road around on their bikes in the park area. 
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