Thursday, April 28, 2022

Crazy Blue Bird Out My Window


Meet my crazy little Blue Bird Friend.  I say crazy because.  He or see, was trying to get into my villa while I was vacationing recently with two lady friends at Marriott's Monarch in Hilton Head.  I'm on the inside taking the picture with my cell phone through the glass (dirty) and screen door (dirty).  You hear of birds flying into really clean windows, but this sliding glass door and screen were anything but clean.  There was construction being done on the balcony (which was off limits to us as a result).  So, lots of extra dirt due to the construction and a good amount of yellow pollen from the Pine trees.  Soooooo, pretty sure this little guy wasn't confused about it.

Clearly he is staring right inside.  It was early, I wasn't yet out of bed and heard a tapping, and frankly thought the workers were early.  Quickly got up to look out on the patio when I see this bird jumping up from this dirty lounge chair (notice bird droppings), and hitting his head on the glass.  Over and over, thus the noise I heard.  I ran towards the glass hoping my movement would make it stopped, fly away or something.  Was afraid it was going to hurt itself.

It would take flight to the other side of the balcony and perch on the ledge.  Good I thought, problem solved.


He turned around and flew back.  Again perched on the chair and started jumping up/flying up and hitting it's head...tap, tap, tap.  
He did this multiple times.  Each time I thought I had him chased off, he'd come back.  This went on for about 10 minutes while I was standing there.  Obviously longer considering I could hear it before going to the door to see what was going on.

I kept taking pictures, at various stages.  Finally several other birds, coastal bird types landing on the balcony ledge and when they flew off, the Blue Bird joined them.  I was relieved.    

I was surprised to see a Blue Bird on the coast.  We were ocean front for one and for two...as I mentioned how dirty the glass and screen were wouldn't think it would be confused...AND once it tried to fly through and hit it's head......why didn't it stop?

Later that afternoon, the Blue Bird returned; but by then the chair had been moved (due to construction) and the bird couldn't sit on it to fly up to hit his head.  He perched awhile on the ledge, and flew off.  We didn't see the bird again for the rest of our trip.

I'm not a birder, but enjoy watching them at times.  Blue Birds are in the Turdidate Family.  They are a North American medium sized bird that is primarily insectivorous and omnivorous.

This link will take you to a site where a link to click to hear the pretty chirp.  CLICK HERE





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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Gullah Geechee Corridor, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina



The 2nd Floor at The Westin Hotel on Hilton Island houses a wonderful display to learn about the history of the island.  There's information about the environment, history connected to both The Civil War and The Revolutionary War.  Information regarding Mitchelville and the large Gullah Geechee Corridor.  

It was hard to try and take pictures without getting the reflections from the lights.
If you click on these pictures, you'll see them enlarge.  I hope you can see the information about the 2 brothers, Thomas Drayton and Percival Drayton.  We all know from our school days about families being divided during the Civil War.  He's an example.  Thomas was a Confederate in charge of Ft. Walker and Ft Beauregard, while his brother Percival stayed in the Union and was the Commander of The USS Pocahontas, which was the ship that fired on Ft. Walker and Ft. Beauregard.

Mitchellville was a self governing Black Community that was located at the North end of the Island.  It was far more than a refugee camp.  At the north end of the Island you see lots of signs stating it's part of the Gullah Geechee Corridor.  The Gullah Geechee are descendants of slaves.  The Corridor was established as a Federal National Heritage Area that runs from just north of Wilmington to as far south as St. Johns County, Florida on the cost.  

The exhibit is free and well worth the time. There is much to learn, and more to do on the island then just enjoying beach time.  Add this stop to your vacation itinerary.

There are guided tours of The Gullah area's as well.







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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Hilton Head, South Carolina in Pictures

Salty Dog Cafe, in South Beach a popular destination in Hilton Head.  Bloody Mary at the outside bar area.  




Iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse.  You can tour the lighthouse museum.  The construction to the left of the lighthouse is for a large restaurant with outside space called The Quarter Deck, scheduled to be open in time for The Heritage Golf Classis in mid April.


Miles and miles of walking and or bike paths Hilton Head Island.  Most rental properties rent bikes, and there are private businesses with bike rentals on the island as well.  You can rent by day, or by the week.


Daufuskie Island a short ferry ride from Hilton Head, about a third of the size of Hilton Head Island is a popular day trip.  Ferry over, rent a golf cart and cruise the island.  It's historic, and probably looks the way Hilton Head did before the bridge was built which caused the island to grow by leaps and bounds.  Pat Conroy's "Prince of Tides", put the island on the map.

Grande Ocean, one of 7 Marriott Time Shares on the island.  Not the best picture folks, but this resort is in the middle of the island with garden views, ocean front views and ocean side views.  A beautiful resort right on the beach.

A beautiful Camelia at Honey Horn Coastal Park.  There is much to see and do at Honey Horn.  I blogged about it HERE.  There are many varieties to view.  

A map of the island showing the locations of the 7 Marriott Time Shares.  The island is shaped like a foot with Harbour Town in the toe.

Marriott''s Harbour Pointe and Sunset Pointe, in Shelton Cove are located mid Island.  This is the pool and sundeck area.  There's a large shopping center at Shelter Cove for dining and shopping.

Pretty flowers abound everywhere on the island.

If you've not traveled to Hilton Head, put it on your bucket list of places to travel





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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Honey Horn Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island, SC

Honey Run Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC  29926.  We've been to Hilton Head many times, but have never taken the time to visit Honey Horn Coastal Discovery Museum...and should have long ago.  There is much to see and do here.  The museum itself is free and small but worth the time.  You can learn much about the history of the island, make a nice purchase at the little gift shop (I did), and have the opportunity to sign the quest book and leave a donation.  We did all those things.

There are walking trails, restrooms, a butterfly house, a Camellia Garden, an Osprey nesting platform, boardwalk areas, views of the marsh/sound, and Marsh Tacky Horses.  The grounds are quite pretty and worth time to explore.  I've been there twice viewing different areas each time I visited; but plan to go back.


The Marsh Tacky Horse, is a very special breed, and close to extinction with less than 100 breeding mares in the world.  They're not particularly large horses, but have the ability to work in swampy areas without getting stuck.  Their hoof's make the difference.  The strain comes from colonial Spanish horses that have adapted to the area.  SC passed a bill naming The Carolina Marsh Tacky the state heritage horse in June of 2010.

Views of the marsh from a boardwalk area where you can see coastal birds and other wildlife.


A pretty outdoor patio with water feature and pretty gardens often used for special events.
As mentioned above a butterfly house.  As I was there in January, we didn't tour inside; but hope to go back in Spring when there might be more activity to see.

Sign boards explain some history about the area., as well what wild life might be seen.

A small historic cemetery, former location of Honey Horn Chapel (circa 1930's).  The Chapel has been relocated to First Presbyterian Church in the 1990's.
Art display in the museum was interesting.

One of many plaques to honor people important to Hilton Head's history.  There will be a follow up post to highlight a few of these special people.  AND a separate post to show some of the beautiful Camellia's that were blooming when I was there in January.

The museum hours are Monday through Sat 9 am until 4:30 pm (Gate is locked at 5 pm), and 11:00 am until 3pm on Sunday's with the gate being locked at 3:30 pm.

To visit their website, click HEREThe Museum offers a variety of guided toursw and special activities and programs throughout the year.






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Monday, January 24, 2022

Jarvis Creek Park, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

This big boy was the first to greet us....he's wasn't the least bit shy.  We spotted him very near the walk way which had me a bit un-nerved.  My friend, and the awesome photographer; Margaret said she's seen him before on a previous visit to Jarvis Creek Park.  We choose to go the opposite direction, by the way.  He seems to like to station himself near the small fishing dock; so please be aware folks.  Through out the park are plenty of signs indicating the presence of alligators with warnings to all NOT to feed them.

Jarvis Creek Park and Fitness Trail in Hilton Head, is just off highway 278, William Hilton Parkway at 50 Jarvis Creek Road.  It's a 53 acre park with much to offer.  There are nice restrooms, picnic areas, play areas for the kids, lots of wildlife to enjoy and pretty scenery.

Margaret zoomed and got some really nice photo's of the wild life, while I kept a look out for gators!  She took some photo's with her cell phone and others with a nice camera with a good zoom lens.
This "duck" intrigued us, as we were unfamiliar with it.  Turns out it's not a duck after all, it's a Common Gallinule, (Gallinula galeata) sometimes referred to as a Common Moorhen, especially in older field guides.  After our walk, Margaret did some googling and thought she'd found what it was, and I sent the picture to a blog friend, birder, David who confirmed it.  Please visit his blog for lots of interesting information and wonderful wildlife photo's.
This Blue Heron was hard to see, he was so close to us; but the camouflage was great and we only saw it when it moved.  

The Turtles were all clustered together getting some sun, apparently not minding being all bunched together.

In additional to the pretty scenery and wildlife, there is a pro-WEllness area with 10+ pieces of equipment stationed behind a large Old Live Oak with directions on how to use each piece of eq1uipment.  I confess....I did not see this as we walked, but their website says it's there.  This exercise area was built by Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Chamber of Chamber of Commerce.

The walking path is smooth and wide and flat (about a mile loop), so very accessible to all.  Regular Park Hours are 6 am til 9pm, but winter hours (in effect when daylight savings time stops) is 6 am til 6 pm.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Traveling Room to Room


May you have a wonderful holiday regardless of which holidays you celebrate!

These past two years have been hard for so many, heartbreaking even.  So much sadness, sickness and death.  We're not traveling for holidays, not even to family members houses locally.  Given the size of our family, and the exposures many have seems to increase the risk factor for indoor celebrations.  So, for the time being we'll be traveling room to room here at the house, no packing necessary!

Hopefully, we all will have the ability to safely gather for next years Christmas Celebrations.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Traveling Through


This is a different kind of travel, one I've posted about before.  I do a lot of walking, put a fair number of miles in those travels.  I often see interesting things when my feet take me traveling.  I don't remember until recent years people decorating so much for Halloween, do you?
I have several walking routes through the neighborhood with options to hit 3 different city parks.  Most of the routes are between 4-5 miles.  The skeletons on a picnic was cute.
Another Skeleton themed decoration.


This is perhaps the most elaborate set up with the number of tombstones and even a gate to enter.

Do you decorate?  I don't.  Do you see many decoration in your neck of the woods?  

It's been beyond ages since I've blogged so this is just a quick post to get things rolling again.  Next post will be about a week we spent in South Carolina, do do come back.   




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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Marriott's Ford Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia

The outside of our building at Marriott's Ford Colony in Virginia.  All the buildings are very Colonial in appearance, which is of course most appropriate given it's Williamsburg.  Well sorta.  Let me give you a mini amount of background.  This area just a short 10-ish minutes from Historic Williamsburg was previously known as Middle Plantation, but not the historic Middle Plantation.  Historic Middle Plantation is what became Williamsburg.  This area, Fords Colony is a premium planned community that really only came to be in about 1983, when in 1982 Middle Plantation Community failed.

The land originally was part of the territory of the Powhatan Chief (father of Pocahontas).  The area was involved in many conflicts/wars; but how it was passed from The Powhatan Chief to Middle Plantation and then Ford's Colony, I don't know.

All units here are 2 Bedroom, 2 bath units with a screened porch.  On this particular trip, our unit is the first floor you see there on the left.  Buildings face each other in this section with a nice courtyard in the middle.


Walking around the corner (our building is the one to the right of the sidewalk), you see well manicured lawns and landscaping.  It's a very pretty resort with a warm comfortable feel to it.


This is the office where you check in.  Again you see the well manicured and maintained public spaces.  


Small, but well appointed kitchen.


The bar area separating the kitchen from the dining room.


Lovely living room with fireplace on the right and out the sliding door is the screened porch where we spent a good deal of time.


You can see why we spent a good deal of time on the porch.  It was quite peaceful to read, knit, and or have our evening cocktails.

The 2nd bedroom with 2 closets, and sofa between.  Leading into the 2nd bedroom is the washer and dryer in a closet, next to the bathroom.  The suite is very nice with plenty of room.

Master bedroom.  A desk to the left of the bed, dresser to the right and a 2nd dresser not visible in the picture was the left of the end window.

Nice double sinks in the Master Bedroom.  There's both a jetted soak tub, and a separate shower in the Master Suite.


A bit blurry as I zoomed in to get hubby getting out of his golf cart.  Marriott's Ford Colony is situated right on a golf course.  Many of the Villas have a golf course view, though this trip; we didn't.  I was out walking when I spotted him.  There are 60 clubs with tennis and golf being very popular activities in Ford's Colony Planned Community.  You're close to Historic Jamestown as well, so plenty to do in the area.  However, it's also a good place to just relax, which is what we did.  We've been to both Jamestown and Williamsburg on other trips and just enjoyed the peace during this Covid trip.  We were able to cook in our villa, stay socially distant from other people and just enjoy our time away from home.

I walk almost daily.  Try to get 5 ish miles a day.  The walking and or biking path here is beautiful and mostly shaded.  The loop is about 4.5 miles and is scenic.  You're walking around the golf course.

And the gated housing community of Ford's Colony.  I walked, but bikes are available for rent through Marriott's Ford Colony on a daily or weekly basis.  They even have those trailer attachments for families with young children.

We enjoyed our time at Marriott's Ford Colony and plan to return.  As a Marriott Timeshare Member, golf is included with your stay.  You get a punch card with a number of free games.  On our first stay here, many years ago the number of games you got depending on your membership level.  This trip we got free golf daily.  Hubby played 4 or 5 times during the week, and I'm a non golfer.  You do need to rent a cart; but still it's a good deal.







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