Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

I almost didn’t take my DSLR camera on the boat ride at Mingo Point. I get kind of protective with my camera and the thought of anything happening to it made me a little nervous. But, the sun was starting to set, and I was hoping to get a couple good shots. Little did I know how many I’d take! We got to enjoy the most beautiful sunset on the marsh at Kiawah Island.

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

The sunset started off with a simple glow, but things really took off from there.

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

First we saw a full rainbow. As we continued down the marsh, the rainbow got brighter and more vibrant. I’d never seen a rainbow that was so clear and colorful.

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

And suddenly, the rainbow became a double-rainbow! The outer one wasn’t as vibrant, but it was also a full arch. Everyone on the boat tried to capture a photo, but we were too close to get the whole thing in one shot.

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

And as we continued, the sky caught on fire and glowed and glowed the whole way back to the pier.

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

Sunset on the Marsh at Kiawah Island

We really lucked out with the timing of our boat ride. It couldn’t have been more perfect for so many amazing sunset photos! The views were truly breathtaking!

After the boat ride, we headed back to Mingo Point to grab dinner with the rest of the fam. So many great birthday treats in one day!

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

After a great first day at Kiawah Island for my birthday beach weekend, I was looking forward to a relaxing Day 2. The weather called for rain all day, so I saved my bathing suit for the following day, which was supposed to be beautiful. Who’d have known that I’d actually capture some of my favorite photos of the trip on the rainy day, though?

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

{A preview of that evening}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Sis whipped up a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and whole wheat pancakes with maple syrup.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

And for one of our meals out, we planned to visit my favorite Kiawah Island restaurant – Jasmine Porch for lunch.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Sis got the shrimp and grits.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Dad got the chickpea salad with grilled salmon. He’s mostly gone vegan but will eat fish once in awhile.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Mom and I got the same thing – Lunch on the Porch with crab cakes sliders, beet salad, and she crab soup. I opted for fries on mine. I actually got this last year, and it was so good, I wanted to enjoy it all over again.

Hubby got the sandwich with mahi mahi, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Jasmine Porch surprised me with a free birthday dessert – the chocolate mousse pie! They did something similar last year, and my Instagram photo was one of my favorites of the last trip. I actually ended up printing the photo on a sheet of Instagram photos for my Erin Condren Life Planner, which I placed on my birthday of this year’s calendar.

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That night, we participated in an event at Mingo Point. To be honest, after being in the house relaxing during the rainy day, I wasn’t looking forward to doing something outdoors. We weren’t sure if the rain would hold off, and I hadn’t brought clothes for as cool a day as it was turning out to be. I’m so glad I went, though, because it was one of my favorite experiences of the weekend. Here are some photos from the night:

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

{Sangria}

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After exploring the main area of Mingo Point for a bit, hubby, sis, and I went on a mini boat ride on the marsh. We wanted to go before dinner was served, but that boat was full, so we signed up for the next one. The timing worked out great for us because we got to enjoy the most beautiful sunset and saw a bonus surprise. I took so many photos, in fact, that I’m going to share those photos in a separate post. More photos on that next time!

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Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Back on land, dinner was served.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

They had a huge buffet set up with so many delicious options.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

We had a great meal of roasted pork, mahi mahi, rice, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and more. There was dessert on the buffet and I had a small slice of pecan pie. We thought we were done there, but then we remembered the fire pit from earlier and had to check it out.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Yes – s’mores!

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

We relaxed by the fire pit and just enjoyed the moment. It was very relaxing.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

And we even had a special guest. I think this guy has done this before.

Thank you Jasmine Porch and Mingo Point for a great day of eats and relaxation!

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Thanks for stopping by. Check back next time for photos from the boat ride on the marsh!

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