We read a good bit about what is going on in Myrtle Beach SC in our local paper. People either love it or hate it and we decided to check it out for ourselves before the Summer hoards descend, although many friends and neighbors advised against it! The first weekend in May seemed like a safe time – the week before Harley Bike Week when things definitely get crazy. We stayed in a hotel on the beach, nine floors up and had such a great view… and such wonderful sounds…
We had perfect weather all weekend, which was so nice after my rainy and cold Florida getaway. We spent a lot of time wandering up and down the beach. It’s not a good spot for shell collecting, but I so enjoyed watching kids making their sand castles and digging. There is nothing else like fooling around with sand and water and buckets and shovels and their total absorption was a pleasure to see.
There were a lot of very large jellyfish washed up on the beach. They are aptly named Cannonball Jellyfish. Wow – – – the ones I remember from the New Jersey Shore are tiny clear ones. We actually saw these guys swimming in the salt marshes at Murrell’s Inlet further down the coast.
We spent an afternoon there, wandering around and checking out the wildlife and the beach homes. We also enjoyed a few beers with Mr. Brown Pelican who was hunting for some lunch. I’ve seen a good many pelicans on trips to Florida, but never one so close and hunting. He had a deceptively sleepy look until something delicious caught his eye.
The nightlife was fun. Myrtle Beach has a small boardwalk which includes the requisite skee ball machines, a favorite of Peter’s! Then we discovered some very old pinball machines that play baseball. They were made in the 1950’s and are called “pitch and bat”. The ball comes out and you whack it and depending on what hole it goes into, the tiny players run the bases. Can you see them? It was a lot of fun!
A few of the rides were open, and there were enough people and souped up cars cruising Ocean Boulevard to give the evenings a festive feel. (Myrtle Beach has something like 60 miles of beautiful beaches and the amount of people who go there in the Summer is actually pretty scary!)
It was a good getaway and fun to explore a new place!