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Hurricane Season 2017 – What about Florida?

With hurricane season 2017 in full swing and what was hurricane Harvey still plowing a path through the US, what is in store for Florida?

Florida’s gulf coast side is also vulnerable to the same warm water storms that come into the gulf like Texas and Louisiana. Although it’s usually Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia that get pummeled pretty hard, Florida is affected too.  Florida is actually a more likely victim for the 2017 Hurricane season than other states because it gets hammered on both the Atlantic and the gulf side.

Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a Tropical Depression but it is still dropping high levels of water over the Southern parts of the US. Residents in Louisiana braced as their bayous rose and folks in Mississippi prepared for a rise in river water. Folks in Tennessee are also preparing as it tracks toward them. Why do I care and why write about this? Because I’m from the south, and the majority of my favorite vacation spots and travel destinations of the past will all be impacted or already have been.

Irma Location courtesy of NOAA

Location of Irma courtesy of NOAA

As relief engulfs many and this system passes on by, there’s a new threat looming in the Atlantic…and it has Florida in its sight.  This new storm is expected to become a hurricane named Irma. A Tropical Storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 75 mph. The last advisory posted winds at 70 mph with gusts even stronger…and still building strength. This predicted hurricane has a large diameter with winds reaching as far out as 60 miles from the eye. At less than 20 mph, a slow mover (just like Harvey was & still is) it is headed toward Florida as it builds.

Potential US forecasts currently suggest Irma will skirt Florida. But the European model (which accurately predicted Hurricane Harvey’s landfall & strength) actually shows Irma entering the Gulf of Mexico. The US prediction fares better for the Gulf Coast states still in recovery, but the European model prediction could be even more devastating for Texas! Here is their 10 day forecast.

European Model courtesy of Tropical Tidbits

Florida is not out of the danger zone yet. Both the US and European models are only forecast for the next few days and no one person truly knows where it will go or how strong it will be.  Many of the residents of Central Florida still haven’t completed last year’s Hurricane Matthew damages and the ones that have probably don’t want to rebuild again so soon. On the other hand, Texas can’t handle another hurricane! Here is the US model forecast.

Hurricane Irma US model forecast

Hurricane Season 2017 is nowhere near finished and it could go down in history as one of the most devastating yet.

Hilton Head, SC Sunrise

Here is the beautiful sunrise on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

 

With Love,

Chrissy

Adventure in Hilton Head, SC

Everyone who knows me knows I’m a savings freak. I shop On-Sale only, use coupons, rebates, savings apps, and am a member of over 20 different “points” programs. I get freebies in the mail & I’m all about budgeting. I say all this to let you know the many travels I write about have been fugal initiatives funded by savings, gift cards, & rebates. Now, on to the Hilton Head Adventure!

I had oftentimes heard of Hilton Head Island but never been & was thrilled to have an opportunity to go. South Carolina was a state I’d never ventured to before. I was so excited to be there I took the first photo-op I got.

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South Carolina Welcome Center

The drive to Hilton Head wasn’t too bad. Once we got out of the mountains in North Carolina, it was a relatively smooth drive. South Carolina was pretty flat. The only serious traffic congestion was on I95.

We stayed at the Best Western about 1 block from the beach. Not a bad walk at all. The hotel was quaint & the staff friendly & accommodating. Our first room stank as though only men had pee’d there for an extended amount of time, so they moved us the next day to a ground floor level room – no Febreeze needed 😉

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Pee stink room

On our first full day I asked my husband if we could rent some bikes. He obliged & we rode to the Pines to see the sights.  The locals told us that we would need to ride down near the entrance and then ride along the beach and then come back into the community  to gain admittance. They neglected to tell us that riding along the beach was like towing a tank behind your bicycle! Well, at least that’s what it felt like for me. My husband had no trouble whatsoever! He flew down the beach with complete ease and left me in the dust, literally. I had only managed to pedal a short distance before I had to get off and push the bicycle. There was such a heavy drag on the back wheel it was almost impossible for me to pedal. I figured, “Great! I’m left… all alone… I will sun burn and die of dehydration on this stupid beach while pushing this stupid bicycle. My back hurts, my legs hurt, I’m going to die here…in the sand…on this beautiful beach. I’m thirsty. Can’t stop though. If I do, I’ll just sit down & be lost forever. Crap! I’m too old to even get my face on a milk carton. No kids will identify me. Adults will just step over my limpless body assuming I’m taking a peaceful little nap. Then an alligator will come out of the ocean & drag me into the water…because they drown their prey. There could be an alligator in those bushes!” At this point, I got back on the bike & eventually found my husband who’d peddled back to find me and ask me why in the world I was so far behind.

“Watch me”, he says, “it’s easy. Look, I haven’t even broke a sweat. Why are you going so slow?”    I can’t remember my response, but I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.

We finally made it into the Pines & after peddling 3 freaking miles we figured out that there was absolutely nothing to see in that community! In my mind it was a waste of money to rent the bikes, a waste of time, a wasted day that I could have been laying on the beach like a lazy old fart while my husband swam in the ocean.

So this total endeavor was about three-and-a-half to four hours long and by the end of it, we finally made it back to the hotel, I felt like death.  I realized how seriously out of shape I was and I realized that South Carolina is not quite as flat as it looks when you’re riding a bicycle.  We parked the bikes on that day and although we had paid to rent the bikes for an entire week, I don’t think we ever got back on them.

The great thing about the hotel and the entire Community where we stayed is everything was totally within walking distance. The walking didn’t hurt me near as bad, so we walked a lot after that. We looked at some of the shops and we found a unique mom-and-pop restaurant to eat at every evening.

Overall it was an absolutely fabulous adventure & I’m so glad we went 😉

Adventure in Georgia

So, we finally made our way south to Georgia during our travels & I must say, I was a bit disappointed. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Georgia? Well, for me it’s two things…that song “Georgia” and there are peaches. Peaches!!!!

We were in Hilton Head, South Carolina for a little over a week soaking up the sun (and me getting sun poisoning on my face) when my husband says, “Let’s go to Savannah.” Yippee!!!

Just a tad of back story: I thought renting bikes during our stay was a great idea. Everything looked so flat & there were hundreds of people who appeared out of shape like me riding them. On day 1 of bike riding I realized just how badly out of shape I was. After a 3 1/2 hr bike ride my legs were Jell-O. Thus, my excitement to go to Savannah!!

We took the back roads the whole way. It was a lovely leisurely drive with top speeds of 35-40. (Mostly 35 mph though)

Anywho, on the drive we passed a lot of little fruit stands on the side of the road. Peaches! I wanted a peach so bad I could taste its sweetness. My husband said we’d stop on the way back through.

Savannah was a gorgeous old city full of history. We took in a little of it but weren’t there very long.

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We ate at a great little restaurant & headed to Tybee Island.

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Tybee Island

After my husband had about an hour in the ocean, we packed up & headed back towards Hilton Head. I was excited to finally get a peach!

Every roadside stand was closed 😦

So, I would just have to wait until the next trip…to taste a home-grown mouth-watering Georgia Peach.

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