Hey all, back from my grandmother's 90th birthday celebration in Hilton Head, we had a great time with her, and she's doing terrific! Also saw some family I hadn't seen since I was a little kid, jumped in some huge waves at the beach with my wife and brother, stayed in a great condo, ate some excellent seafood and barbeque, saw 3 alligators and bunches of ibis along a hiking trail, and learned that when you get a bunch of old people together they can drink a ton!
Eating was a mixed bag, some meals were fairly healthy while others I didn't even attempt to hold back. One day we tried to find a no frills seafood place. If you have ever been to Hilton Head, then you know there aren't many hole-in-the-walls, but we found one called the Sea Shack and the food was awesome. It was clear from the start that it was kind of "soup nazi" environment where you are expected to know what you want to order when you reach the front of the line or face their wrath. So after a bit of waiting we get up there and wife tells me to order whatever I think will is best. So I start naming stuff off, and sure enough she starts shooting me quizzical disagreeing looks. So I start changing things around and the order taker starts huffing and puffing a bit and even goes as far as to rip up the paper with the original order on it. At least we don't live there, so if they had banished me (No Soup for You, One Year) it would have been OK! We eventually got our food though, the prices were very reasonable, and it was well worth the soup nazi hassle. We will definitely be back to the shack.
One other good thing, most activities at Hilton Head are outside and involve lots of walking so I did plenty of that, even hit 23,000+ pedometer steps one of the days. I got on the scale this morning and weighed the same as the day I left, so I grade the trip an A for taking a vacation without a weight gain. I wasn't ready to go back to work and start being responsible again, but I have missed you guys and look forward to catching up with everyone. Take care for tonight!