Hilton Head harbor under repair after Hurricane Matthew
We’re finding that we like renting from AirBnB — good properties, full disclosures, ratings from actual renters. But sometimes even the owners don’t know the whole story. When we craved a week-long getaway at a South Carolina destination, we found a home away: a condo completely renovated after Hurricane Matthew hit Harbor Town at one end of Hilton Head Island. “Our place” lived up to its excellent rating with its brand new kitchen, bath, carpet, and furnishings that would make HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” jealous. Except for the view from the balcony. When we looked out at Harbor Town, we could barely see the lighthouse in front of us for all the platforms, cranes, and boatloads of equipment. The harbor was closed for repair.
As the week wore on though, we found ourselves taking coffee outside just so we could “sit a spell” and watch the transformation of the harbor. Workers arrived each morning. And we watched them with great interest as they hauled, hammered, and handled equipment, all without falling into the brink.
Repairing the docks at Harbor Town
Workers arrive at Harbor Town ready to repair the damage
Workers and equipment at Hilton Head harbor
By week’s end, they were gone. No more barges piled high with machinery. No cranes lifting beams. No men wielding heavy drills and hammers. They were done. Leaving us with a clear shot of Harbor Town lighthouse, reflected in unobstructed waters.
Harbor Town light reflected in uncluttered waters
Who would have guessed that during a week away we’d see both a favorite coastal town and men dealing with nature’s wrath?
Sundown at Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island
To say the least, it was a week of reflection.
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