My good friend Martha lost her DH to cancer in 2006. In 2007 she started a Girl's Week at the beach with friends and family from all over. She and her DH had always traveled together, and Martha needed her friends around her.
The first year we were at Tybee Island. That was a tough one because Martha was in tears most of the time. It had been less than a year since Jimmy died. They were best friends. They had celebrated their 40th anniversary a few months before he died. I cannot imagine her heartache.
the next year we went to Ocean Isle Beach. One of the gals in the group owns a place there and Martha exchanges her time shares for the unit next door.
this is the view from the balcony. We are walking distance from the beach and overlook the marsh. It's wonderful!
the next year we tried a different place in Myrtle Beach. Meh. We had to take a shuttle to the beach. It was nice, but...
so we've been back to OIB every year since.
there is a church that does services on the beach. It's become a tradition for us to go (the early risers in the group, anyway)
last year was a WET year. The high tides were REALLY high.
this is the same view as the sunset in the first photo!
Martha walking to church on the beach
me (in the orange shirt), Martha and Priscilla looking for shells
the 2013 Girl's Week group. That's me, front row center. Priscilla to the right, Martha behind Priscilla. We have ladies from Texas, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia. The attendees vary slightly each year. Martha, Priscilla and I have been there every year.
women NEED a girls week and men NEED a guys week! It's good to just relax. We all do whatever we want. You can spend time on your own, go out with part of the group, or the entire group. We have breakfast and dinner together just about every day. The rest of the day is 'whatever you want'.
I drive, so I take my bike and my Pilates stuff. I'm the first one up every morning. I get in a bike ride, run or Pilates workout. By the time I get back from my ride or run, the first group is awake and ready for a walk on the beach...so I go with them. Often there is a second group ready to go when the first group returns...and I'll go again!
I'm already looking forward to NEXT YEAR!