Sep 1, 2010

Dolphin Crossing

My sister posted a blog and photos of our vacation, you can read it here. I decided to choose some other photos and tell you about some more of our great vacation to Tybee Island.

We drove 15 hours through, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia splitting it into two days.

We drove onto Tybee and were greeted by lush palm trees,
blooming bushes, and balmy blue skies!

We stopped by the rental agency to pick up our cottage key...
We were so anxious to see our living quarters. My sisters and I
had picked out Hemmingway Place after looking through dozens of photos
online. We were hoping that it looked as adorable in person.

We pulled into our driveway, which might I add was "paved" with sea shells (sooo beachy), and fell in love with our cottage immediately!

Everything about our cottage was absolutely perfect; both inside and out!

One of the lighthouses on the island...

One of the first things we did on the island was go on a tour of Little Tybee island, a mini Tybee, that is uninhabited. We anxiously awaited our private tour boat...

The "ride" over was absolutely breathtaking! The boat weaved between marshes and tall grass, while dolphins swam alongside of us. It was unlike anything I had ever seen!

Once we arrived on Little Tybee (aka Sliver Island) our guide
helped us comb the sand for shells and sand dollars...

My sisters and I had walked quite aways down from our parents with the guide,
when she turned around noticing that a dark cloud had gathered across the sky.
She quickened her footsteps and said somewhat anxiously, "Umm...we need to go RIGHT now."

Just then there was a rumble of thunder and we picked up our pace. As Brooke mentioned, we made it onto the boat, just as it started to mist. The waves were getting bigger, and as she picked up speed, the boat seemed to bounce up and down like a wave runner. Mom was starting to get just a tad nervous, and I...well I was just worried about the small fortune of a camera I had behind my legs. We made it to shore before the storm was in full action. This was the last picture I took while boarding the boat...
...and this is what I captured from the window of our vehicle...
just a little ran cloud...

Another highlight of our trip was parasailing. It was something I had always wanted to do and it is definitely something I would do again and encourage all to do so within their lifetime.

The view was spectacular and it was so peaceful 300 feet above the Atlantic Ocean...

We also were able to rent a convertible and we spent the day cruising Hilton Head
Island and Savannah.

Savannah, Georgia was a beautiful city with cobblestone streets and
amazing trees!

AND...of course being on an island, we spent alot of time
at the beach.

There was the Back River Beach where you could observe breathtaking sunsets and dolphins
frolicking in the water!

The water was unbelievably warm...

Charles Martin and I had an appointment on the beach...OF COURSE...

Finished it in two days and was so sad when it was over. :)

This little guy and many of his relatives enjoyed tormenting my sister, Lauren,
who has a phobia of birds...

Couldn't go without talking about the food either!
The Crab Shack was our first stop as well as the first and last time
I will ever try eating shrimp that has not been deveined and 'deleggified' *GAG*
My next attempt at shrimp was deep fried...a Po Boy Sandwich
which was soooo amazing!!

Our last food stop on the island was at AJ's Dock. We ate on the Back River Beach
while it rained(under an umbrella, of course)...
Peaceful & Relaxing!

Once again while eating there were several dolphin sightings!

One morning my Mom, Brooke, and I awoke and drove down to the beach to watch the sunrise.
I lost an hour or two of sleep, but it was well worth it, although Brooke may not agree...;)

The sunsets were just as spectacular, and I saw a whole lot more of them.
We do not remember days, we remember moments
Truly a vacation to remember forever!


  1. Truly an awesome vacation with lots of great memories. You certainly captured photos that brought a small part of your vacation back to us.
    Enjoyed both of your blogs about Tybee Island!
    Aunt Carolyn

  2. Nicole, these pictures are so beautiful!!! I especially love the sunset shots! And, once again...I am so glad you all had such a wonderful time!!! Miss and Love you!

  3. Felt like I was right there with you all! Wonderful-wonderful pictures--

  4. Girl... You took some pretty awesome pics! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
    Mrs. E



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