We arrived in Myrtle Beach, SC on a Monday and by the time we left on Saturday morning this place was in full spring break mode. It was interesting to see it get more and more crowded as the days went by and by Friday night, this place was full of families with screaming kids and barking dogs. I guess we are getting old, because we were ready to move on to a quieter, less chaotic destination.
The Ocean Lakes Campground where we stayed was really great. It was absolutely HUGE with over 1,000 sites and we had reserved a spot right near the ocean. The great thing about earlier in the week was the campground was not full, so eventhough we weren’t right on the ocean, we had great views. This disappeared little by little each day as the campground filled in. But, we were still only about a 50-yard walk to the beach, which we took full advantage of. While the weather was nice, we parked our chairs out there and just enjoyed the views. At low tide, we found ourselves beachcombing and hunting for shells. There is just something about the sound and movement of the waves; I could just sit and stare at it for hours.
We golfed one day at Prestwick Country Club and were paired up with a father and son, Bill & Todd, from West Virginia. It was a perfect day for golf with the sun shining and we both really liked the course. Bill treated us to beers after the round. I am always a little nervous to get paired up, but they were very nice and we enjoyed playing with them.
The weather continued to get colder and wetter as the week went on. We spent a lot of time just hanging out at the MoHo Park, walking the beach, sitting outside (when it was dry) and eating in. We did do a couple days in downtown Myrtle Beach which is the ultimate little touristy beach town. Tons of miniature golf spots and discount beachwear stores on every corner, old school motels and beach houses for rent o’plenty. There is a great boardwalk along the ocean that is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and arcades which makes for great people watching. We did a drive up to North Myrtle Beach one day, which wasn’t anything special, except it is “the proud home of Vanna White.” It was quieter than Myrtle Beach with larger resort type hotels.
We did enjoy our time here and I guess we just got a bit spoiled earlier in the week before the crowds arrived. Our next stop is the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
p.s. I managed to spill water all over the laptop – panic! But, after a day of drying out, looks like I didn’t do any permanent damage. I am no longer allowed to have open containers next to the computer. Adult sippy-cup only.