I’ve said previously that Kathy would make a very good photographer if she was willing to carry a camera and learn a few basic skills. I’m extremely fortunate that she is willing to tag along with me, and on occasion carry a camera and/or lens. Once in a while she points something out to me and says, “like this.” Here are a few of those “like this-es” that she has seen lately that I might (probably) have walked past. Not because they aren’t photo-worthy, but because she’s seen something I haven’t seen.
Like a lot of folks, Kathy & I have always looked forward to having the time to take extended vacations unencumbered by corporate “PTO” allowances and other restrictions. There is always some kind of limitation, of course. Now, instead of a PTO allowance the limitation is primarily funding! While we were working and had the privilege of occasionally being able to work remotely, we thought that we might be able to “live at the beach” or some location other than our house for an extended period of time. We reasoned that “working remotely” was not location-specific, since as long as we were connected to the network and available by phone it didn’t matter where we were. Unfortunately, we were never able to convince our bosses that working from a condo at the beach wasn’t being “on vacation.” Our bosses for some reason had visions of us sitting in a lounge chair by the pool drinking Mai-Tais while we were supposed to be working. So we fixed that situation – we quit!
One of the things we have always wanted to do was to spend a month or more “at the beach.” Our beach of choice has become Hilton Head Island, SC. Not that we think it is better than any other beach or that it has some special meaning for us, but it has the atmosphere we prefer – a little more upscale, nice beaches, good restaurants and great places to stay. Because we have been here so often, we know our way around, have a rental company we like to use and just have a comfort level with the place that comes from familiarity.
As we planned our post-retirement travel, we decided to book a rental for a couple of weeks at the beginning of November. We reasoned that it was late enough to hopefully avoid hurricane season and avoid a lot of the crowds while still being warm enough to enjoy being outside. We don’t typically spend a lot of time in the water anyway, so being able to swim was not a make-or-break factor. The rates here in the offseason are very good. The weekly rates in the winter are a fraction of what they are in the summer. In fact, we soon discovered that the monthly rate for the place we were renting was only a little more than the rate for two weeks – no brainer! We gladly paid the extra and are here for the month. Even if we go home early, the cost of the extra two weeks will be covered after just a couple of nights.
Over the years we have toyed with the idea of owning a second home, either at the beach or in the mountains. We actually started down the road toward owning a “retirement” place in the mountains, but fortunately our better sense prevailed and we didn’t do it. I’ve never considered real estate to be an investment anyway. For me, housing is an expense, despite what the real estate folks say. The more my housing expenses are, the less money I have to spend on travel! If I factor in all of the costs involved with owning a property I have never actually made money on real estate. The last thing I want is to own a second place that I can only visit occasionally – that just takes time and money away from doing other interesting things. In many ways, if I could rent my present home instead of owning I might consider it to be a prudent use of capital! Owning a property isn’t just a financial responsibility either – it can be a mental or physical hindrance as well. Owning more than one just multiplies the responsibility.
So anyway, we’re starting into our second week in Hilton Head, and so far we seem to be enjoying it a lot. We both agree that it’s too soon to know how we’ll feel after a month but we’re glad that it is longer than just a week. We’re kinda done with 7-day vacations! We have a comfortable place to stay with a view of the beach, and the area we are in has a network of walking paths that we can use when we’re not on the beach. We have our computers with us, I figured out how to have all my photos with me so I can work on them when I’m so inclined, and we have books on our Kindles for quiet times. It’s almost like living at home but with a different view. The furniture isn’t quite as comfortable but the location makes up for it! And when we’re done we can lock the door and head home without worrying about hurricanes or messy renters. If we decide to come back – and we will – we can come any time, and if we decide to go somewhere else – and we probably will – we can do that too!
Taking full advantage of our recently won freedom, we’re heading to Hilton Head Island tomorrow. We originally planned to go for a couple of weeks but got a deal on a place for the month. My intentions are to take and post a photo per day. We’ll see how that works out! 😉
As part of my project to recover drive space by deleting photos that didn’t make the cut, I get to go through those folders again, looking for photos that made the cut but that I had never processed. The year I’ve been looking at most recently is 2012. These photos were from a trip to Hilton Head Island that year. It’s interesting to see that I used three different cameras at that time.
Beach at Sunset, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Canon 5D
I just read an article talking about how a well-known shoe retailer missed analysts’ earnings estimates, blamed in part on a “slowdown in processing of tax refunds.” I’m admittedly naive about how people choose to spend their money, but it seems to me that a tax refund shouldn’t have that much of an impact on shoe sales. And if it does, would it be possible that people are spending too much money on shoes?
Revisiting some previously unprocessed photos from a year ago, just for fun. Enjoy, and happy Friday. TGIF! 🙂
I was getting tired of my desktop wallpaper and decided it was time for something new. But then I had two photos I really liked and couldn’t decide. So guess what? Two for the price of one! 🙂
Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!
Kathy & I recently spent a week at the beach in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Since we got back I’ve had so much going on that I haven’t had a chance to process and post any photos. I didn’t take many photos on the beach proper, but did take my camera with me to dinner and other outings. Here are a few picks from my first pass through the folder.
It’s been a little while since I posted, and I am working on getting caught up from a week at the beach. This is a photo from our visit to Hilton Head in February, and I’ll have some current photos from our most recent adventure real soon!
We’re getting ready for a return to Hilton Head in a few weeks, so for some inspiration I decided to work on some of the files from our last visit in February. These are a few more of the “blurry” photos that always seem so popular.
Unless I get really motivated, it’s unlikely that I’ll do much of this type of shooting in late May, especially in the mornings. Sunrise is a relatively inhospitable 6:19am, which means I would need to be up and on the beach by 5:15am. And that is made unlikely by a sunset time of 8:20pm that tends to interfere with cocktail time and usually makes for a late dinner. I am on vacation, after all! 😉