Hello from sunny South Carolina!
We are approximately 1600 kilometers from home, spending a week in a rental that’s part beach house, part country cottage. We’re on an island located 20 miles south of Charleston, and have been dividing our time between the beach club, home to two swimming pools, plenty of cozy lounge chairs, towel service, and frozen margaritas, and the actual beach, a sandy sanctuary nestled between the ocean and the main road, where you can find dolphins taking late-night dips, pelicans perusing the water for some fish food, and the tracks of nesting sea turtles.
If you veer away from the waters and head into the heart of the island, you’re likely to cross paths with one of the hundreds of deer that reside here. We see them at all times of the day, sometimes alone and sometimes with a group, but often with a baby, who joyfully jumps in the middle of the road making a game of being spotted. We are in awe at every turn we take, and think we’ve landed on a pretty exceptional place to vacation.
The food has been fairly ordinary, as we’ve been cooking it ourselves: fruit and toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and chicken/salad/potatoes for dinner. We eat dinner late as we usually indulge in happy hour at home when we come back from the water, enjoying a cold beverage and snack platter around 4pm in the afternoon. When it’s doable, we pack up our dinner and take it to the beach, opting to eat on a sand-covered plaid picnic blanket instead of inside the house. We obviously haven’t delved too deeply into classic Southern comfort food, although yesterday, we took a day trip to Charleston and the boys ate their first regional meal, a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, sausage gravy, and jalapeño hushpuppies. I think they're all still thinking about that dish this morning.
I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule next week. For now, I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I hope you’re having a great week, and if you happen to be on vacation, or going on vacation, fill me in on you’re plans. I’m so curious to know what you’re all up to this summer.