Exploring Mazda & Alligators In Hilton Head #ExploreMazda

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Kris and Jasmine Explore Mazda in Hilton Head

Can the 2017 Mazda6 outrun an alligator…well, duh! Can I escape an alligator on a bicycle…well that’s a question I worked hard not to answer while exploring the Mazda brand in Hilton Head last month. Just one week before Hurricane Matthew came barreling towards the South Carolina coast, the powerful #KrisJasPants duo spent time driving the latest and greatest from Mazda around the low country.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering, does Mazda make bikes now…the answer is no.

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But considering Mazda is upping the ante and evolving into a more refined, premium brand, maybe the real question should be: will Mazda interiors eventually feature alligator leather in addition to the Nappa leather in the 2016 Mazda CX-9? I guess only time will tell.

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Photographs © Tim Zielenbach for Mazda

What’s with my sudden obsession of alligators? Well, while my best friend Jasmine from Simply Real Moms and I were out exploring the area surrounding the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort on bikes, we spotted a gator cruising the waterway. No doubt he was looking for a tourist that might want to venture close for a gator selfie.

I guess I wasn’t the only one intimidated by the alligator, because throughout three days of being wined and dined on southern cuisine, alligator wasn’t on the menu. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina this was my first trip back to my home state in eight years.  And, yes, I was guilty of stuffing my face with roasted oysters, boiled peanuts, fried chicken, collard greens and so much more. Fortunately between bike rides and a memorable kayak trip down the Harbor River I managed to stay active and burn calories.

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Photographs © Tim Zielenbach for Mazda USA

So, where does Mazda fit in to all this fun? While Mazda might be a small car company, they know their customers and they excel in delivering what their customers want in a vehicle. Details and driving dynamics. If you’ve seen a Mazda on the road, and I do mean any Mazda, the exterior grabs your attention and screams “drive me, you won’t regret it.”

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I have to say that I love driving, and have since the first time my Dad put me in his lap and covered my hands on the steering wheel. The feel of the road captured my heart and soul. Mazda’s engineers understand the art of driving, that driving is as much a recreational form as it is a way to move people from point A to point B. They’ve created vehicles that are designed to speak to the driver’s soul and say, “take the long way home.” Although, I don’t think they recommend it takes eight years to get back home.

By the way, if you’re looking for the perfect car for a girls trip I highly recommend the 2016 Mazda MX-5, even Thelma & Louise would be jealous of the adventures you’ll have in that zippy roadster.

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To see the real “Thelma & Louise” aka KrisJasPants and learn more about what we were driving in Hilton Head, check out our shenanigans in this super fly video!

Thank you Mazda for your southern hospitality in Hilton Head, SC. All opinions are based on personal experience.



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