Family Vacation pt. 1: Independence

    A handful of circumstances this year have provided the opportunity for me to spend more time with my family and loved ones than I have in quite a few years.  This may still not seem like enough time comparatively to some, but it’s seemed like a great deal through my overworked over-traveled eyes.  This time is something that I value immensely, and seem to hold in higher regard as years go by.  Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of spending an entire week with close friends and family on a small island off the coast of South Carolina amidst a beautiful serene southern backdrop.  The experience was made perhaps more complete by tossing in a good ol’ patriotic holiday in the middle for good measure.  Here are a handful of moments I came across while observing our nation’s celebration of independence.