There is nothing like a trip to the beach to cure what ails you. Lucky for me and all my allergy problems, I happen to be going to one next week.
Several of my coworkers have told me to "shut up and go away" (jokingly of course) when I told them I was going to Hilton Head next week. There were many "I wish I was going to the beach" comments thrown my way. I am happy to be going back to the beach after a few years of going to not-so-warm places, such as camping in the mountains. Don't get me wrong, I love camping, and the mountains are beautiful, but going somewhere that has pleasant temperatures is just what my immune system needs right now.
I have been told that a little salty air is good for clearing away those pesky allergy problems, and I sure hope there is some truth in that. It would be a major relief.
I am anxiously awaiting getting to wander down the beach with absolutely nothing to worry about except making sure I remember where the car is parked. We are also going to do a little sightseeing in some historical places, such as Charleston, S.C. I am a mild history buff, as is most of my family, so these sorts of side trips are always fun. Plus, Charleston is just plain pretty.
We have even discussed renting bicycles while in Hilton Head so we can take some rides around the island. And, if we feel like it, maybe a ride along the beach too. I know one thing I don't want to miss, and that is a sunset on the beach. That is one of the best parts of the trip.
No matter how much, or how little, i do while I'm there, I plan to thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. I was overdue for a vacation about two months ago, so this is a welcome respite from the daily grind. And unlike a lot of vacation destinations where relaxation is not always part of the bargain, you can pretty much guarantee a trip to a beach on Hilton Head will have relaxation to spare.
So now, the thing I have to worry about is making sure I have put everything in my suitcase.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat's general assignment reporter. Email her to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.