A daughter began it

The first government-certified Father’s Day in the United States was proclaimed exactly 100 years ago by the mayor of Spokane, Wash. He acted at the request of Sonora Dodd, daughter of a widowed farmer, William Smart. Smart had raised his six children alone after their mother died in childbirth.

But while Mother’s Day was presidentially established in 1914, it took until 1966 for Father’s Day to become similarly marked.

Father’s Day raises the eternal questions: Should I get him a tie again? How about getting him something for the foodie that lurks within?

Following are some local places to rent jet skis and waverunners:

H2O Sports
149 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Plantation
843-671-4FUN (4386), www.h2osportsonline.com

C-Katz WaterSportz
Hilton Head Harbor Marina

0610_summerfun_jetskiWe see them zip by with little time to even catch a glimpse. These speeding vessels might look a bit scary, but taking a PWC — or personal watercraft — out on the water can help make your vacation a special adventure.

More than 1.2 million Americans annually ride personal watercrafts, which are more commonly known by their brand names, such as Waverunners.

Though some models can seat up to three people, many prefer to ride solo like a motorcycle. They’re powered by an inboard motor and pump jet, and riders steer and accelerate using throttle handles. Just a squeeze gives the rider a chance to cruise the water with the wind in their hair.

0610_summerfun_paddlebLooking for a new core exercise while enjoying the outdoors? Paddle boarding is the sport for you.

“It’s been a sport of royalty in Hawaii for generations,” said Mike Overton, founder of Outside Hilton Head.

Paddleboards are similar to surfboards, but instead one stands on the board while paddling on one side at a time.

0610_summerfun_dolphcruzThe abundance of marine wildlife populating our area would make producers of the cable channel “Animal Planet” envious. So, how does one explore our water surroundings if they don’t own a boat and are more interested in sightseeing than paddling? Perhaps a dolphin cruise is what you’re seeking.

The staff at the Hilton Head library suggests these:

“The Fixer Upper,” by Mary Kay Andrews. The main character in the book, Dempsey, is one tough cookie! She is unexpectedly fired from her job in New York, is caught up in a political scandal, and has to resort to accepting her father’s offer to live in and refurbish the old family home in Guthrie, Ga. She arrives broke and disillusioned. It becomes her seemingly insurmountable goal to “fix up” the estate home. This book has a balance of great supporting characters, humor and a little romance, with a feel-good ending.

Animals on the beach
Animals are not permitted on Hilton Head beaches between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

0610_summerfun_beachWhen you get down to brass tacks, there is one major reason Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Southern oasis. And lucky for us, we own it and it’s free, making it not only the best, but also the most economical source of summer fun.