Friday, October 5, 2012

Our preferred route

We enjoyed a fall trip to Hilton Head Island week before last.  We've never been quite this late in the year.  Really, you couldn't tell it was fall there.   You can tell it isn't summer though because the crowds are gone and the prices were lower.  We could actually cross the highway on our bikes without much of a wait at all.  It reminded us of how quiet the island was when we first starting going there.

When we started going to HH  Island over 20 years ago, we took an exit of I-95 that was labeled as a route to the island.  It is a very unpopulated stretch of road and I just love it.  It is true low country and we still go this way.  Finally this year, we stopped part way and I took a couple of photos.

Here is the journaling from my page:

This used to be the route to the island.  Now the exit sign doesn’t even say Hilton Head Island.  They really want you to take the new highway further south.  We still choose this two lane route beneath the moss dripped trees, beside old growth forests and marshes.  There are a few homes, a scattering of businesses and a church or two.  Mostly though it is still the untouched low country.  With little traffic, it makes the perfect break from busy I-95, setting a mood for beach walks and bicycle rides to come.

For the page I used some Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers along with this woodgrain background paper from their Take a Hike line.  I also mixed in some Autumn Spice papers from Lily Bee.  These coordinate really well with the Harvest Lane collection.  The stamp set I won as blog candy last week had some good circular images including the bottle cap that says "Slice of Life."

In addition to the pattern papers, I cut up some old maps finding the sections of highway we drive and including them as banners.

I hope this stretch of road continues to be largely undeveloped and brings us that bit of low country before we even get to the island.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I love that you cut up a map! Those banners look great!

  2. Lisa, I'm glad you stopped to photograph the road. It has such a serene feeling to it. Perfect for the start (or finish) of a vacation! I can see why you love the area.

  3. Such a great idea for a page! We've had changes in our travel route going to Holden Beach, since we've been doing it since the 1970's. And I love visiting tourist-y places in the off season!

  4. Beautiful page, Lisa! I love all the embellishing you did on this; wonderful paper choices and such a great idea for a layout.

  5. Another great layout!!!
    I love, love those banners, they go perfect with your layout subject.


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