Saturday March 15, 2014 – I really don’t like traveling.
Sunday – even though it was our first full day on the island, we still managed to wake up early for a church service. The greatest part about being there was how welcoming they were to a group of tennis players from Sioux Falls, SD (we received at least 3 public announcements to the congregation of our arrival.) After church was the second annual brunch at Skillet’s Café followed by a nice long practice where we were not only able to play outside for the first time in months, but also eaten alive by bugs. Some of us (mostly Coach) have bodies that look like we have the chicken pox.
Monday – today was the only day we were scheduled to have an early match (8 a.m.). Thankfully we were rained out and allowed to go back to bed (don’t worry though, we rescheduled the match for later in the week). It literally rained all day. I don’t think there was one point in time during the day where it wasn’t raining. So we decided that this would be a good day to make our annual shopping day at the outlet stores. Some of us bought a little more then we should have (our suitcases are already a little too full to begin with but…oh well!). The rest of the night we sat in our condo and played a very lively card game taught to us by Coach T. It definitely was the most I laughed while on the trip.
Tuesday – when we woke up Tuesday morning it was still raining. However it cleared up by about noon (yes we did wake up before noon most days). Some of us ventured out to the beach and others went to the hot tub. There wasn’t a whole lot we did before our match at 6:30 because we wanted to save our energy for our matches! After a very nice victory at The Beach and Tennis Resort, we celebrated our win (and Stacey Beard’s birthday) with dinner at the Hilton Head Diner, and yes I did have a milkshake. :)
Wednesday – today was a lot like Tuesday where we just relaxed and did our own thing before the match. Some of us rented bikes for the day, others walked to the beach, and others went and shopped at the stores by the beach. Although we lost our match today, we still feasted like champions. Morgan’s brother, former USF tennis player, AJ, prepared a wonderful meal for all of us players and our parents. Pulled pork tacos weren’t something I expected to try on this trip but I certainly did like them (and had quite a few!)
Thursday – today was supposed to be our day to be free to roam the island but since we got rained out on Monday, we rescheduled our match for today. We all agreed that we wanted to play at 8 a.m. instead of later in the day because today was supposed to be the nicest day of the week and we wanted to be able to spend as much time as we could getting our tan on at the beach and playing sand volleyball. Did I mention that we did that on Wednesday too? We played a team of cheerleaders (both male and female) from New Jersey and definitely kicked their butt. We had a rematch today and held our title of champions. Some of us got a little redder then we expected (the sun was out but it definitely didn’t seem like we would get burned as bad as we did.) After volleyball and our beach outing we met back together for our annual team mini golf. Teams were broken up into grade levels. I’m assuming that us seniors won because we had the most experience, but I never actually found out who won. Besides, it’s about having fun and Coach buys both the winners and losers ice cream afterwards anyways (although we didn’t do that until Saturday). Anyways, after golf we arrived back at the resort with a wonderful dinner prepared for us by Stacey’s parents. Our families joined us again because there was a lot of food that needed to be eaten.
Friday – our last day here :( and it turned out to be a pretty great day. We got to sleep in until our match at 12:30 p.m. We played a team from South Carolina that was in Hilton Head for the weekend. We ended up winning 6-3. Once we were finished it was time to shower and get ready for our “formal” dinner at the Crazy Crab. Just in case you ever plan on going there, go very hungry because you will leave incredibly stuffed. It turned out to be a really great night; all the girls got dressed up and we took some team pictures out by some very expensive yachts and left before more bugs could eat us up.
Thanks for reading,
USF Tennis Senior