I’m always looking for the closest walkable latte. On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, it happens to be at The Westin Hotel’s take-out café, and a good excuse for a daily morning walk on the beach. Once I step out onto that soft sand surrounded by endless sky, I immediately sense that I could walk to infinity. (But then I would miss that latte, only 15 minutes away.) There are few people on the beach in Winter, more in Summer, and always a handful of dogs walking happily on the sand or splashing recklessly through the waves.
One morning a photographer was trying to make the most of the soft morning light on two small uncooperative fluffy white dogs. Beachside yoga class was wrapping up on towels close to the water’s edge. I check out the other goings-on at my destination, walking from the beach through the tiered decks of the hotel’s pool area and into the back lobby and take-out café. Latte in hand (iced in Summer but ordered hot in Winter), I reverse my route back toward the comforting hum of soft waves and light ocean breezes of the beach.