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How A Stroll On Hilton Head Island Caused Us To Be In Pain, Day 184

If we told you that we were in pain after spending the day at Hilton Head Island, you might guess that is because we got a terrible sunburn.

However, that is not the case at all. Although the temperatures reached into the mid-60’s, the wind was blowing quite a bit. Therefore, we wore shorts and sweatshirts while we were on the beach.

Our intent was to enjoy some relaxation time near the ocean. And of course, take a walk down the beach like we did in Destin, FL.

So we decided to take our shoes off and let our bare feet get a feel of both the ocean and sand.

house on hilton head island
We enjoyed the views of both the ocean and homes on the Island.

We originally decided that we would walk for a half an hour, and then turn around and return back to our chairs.

However, after about 25 minutes, both of us were struggling with sand getting clumped beneath our feet.

So we decided to cut our walk a little short and head back. It wasn’t until we brushed the sand off our feet that we realized that we had a bigger problem.

Both of us had huge blisters on the balls of our feet! From the sand?? Really??

We both had blisters on the balls of our feet from walking in the sand.

I know that our pale feet aren’t in ‘beach shape’, but we never thought it was possible that either of us would get a blister, let alone both of us!

So as we hobbled back to the truck and camper, both of us realized how painful it was to walk, even with shoes on!

Driving Around Hilton Head Island

We decided that taking any additional walks around this beautiful island was out of the question. Instead we decided to view the remainder of it from our vehicle.

streets of Hilton Head Island
The streets on Hilton Head Island are lined with live oak trees.

The scenery around us was absolutely gorgeous. The live oak tree lined streets hid any indication that this was a beach town. In fact, not once did we see the typical beach store trying to sell you anything from shell necklaces to the latest screen printed t-shirt.

As we continued to drive it was actually difficult to see any storefronts at all. The trees blocked the views of the strip malls and grocery stores.

In addition, the buildings were all painted in the same taupe color. And the street signs were no taller than 6 feet and set quite a bit off of the main road.

As we continued our drive we notice several bikers taking advantage of the paved bike paths in the area. And now that I think about it, we probably passed just as many bikes as we did cars.

bike path
There are paved bike paths for miles and miles. In fact, you probably don’t even need to drive a car while you are here!

What a wonderful way to get around Hilton Head Island! We wished we had more time to explore everything this town has to offer.

Dinner Time

But instead, we decided that we would end the night with a dinner at a local restaurant. However, like most beach towns, the parking lot was very full and we had to park a great distance away.

Typically, that wouldn’t bother us at all. However, I am sure at least one person, if not several, got a good laugh at us waddling to the front door!

Here’s to hoping that the blisters heal fast so we can enjoy Charleston!

Happy. Traveling! Jim and Mary


  • Day 184 of 365
  • States : 23/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 21
  • Stayed In : Charleston, South Carolina
  • Miles Driven : 54.4
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 19,380.5
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,384.3
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 190.0
  • Hiking Miles : 4.2
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 422.3

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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Sherri Wahlgren

Saturday 28th of March 2020

I just realized that I haven't received anything from you in a couple weeks. I am assuming your trip had to be cut short, and just hope that you are safely back home at your farm. Wanted you to know that although I've been a silent follower for several years, I feel very connected to you, appreciate your garden tips and recipes, and above all, hope and pray that you are safe.


Saturday 28th of March 2020

Thank you Sherri. Yes, we had to postpone the remainder of our trip. We arrived back at the farm 2 weeks ago and already have the garden plants started as we realize it will be awhile before it is safe for us to travel again. As disappointed as we are about the trip, we are fortunate to have our health and someplace happy to call home.

I. Marie Leone

Thursday 19th of March 2020

I would have LOVED packing a SMALL bag to travel with you :) I will enjoy all your adventures. I LOVE to drive and have visited most eastern seaboard states with my now deceased husband...(he always wanted to "help" by "navigating" while I drove.....ahem....of course that made his "resting" on the pillow by the window much nicer) Be Safe...


Saturday 28th of March 2020

WE were so looking forward to hitting the Northeast states, but unfortunately, we will have to reschedule until it is safe to travel again.