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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:40 am 
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Well we got home last Sat. and I have been a bit under the weather since but I am BACK and ready to write a report :hello: . This trip we honestly didn't do too many new and exciting things. We mostly beached it, relaxed, and enjoyed ourselves. So off we go...

Saturday we left NY at around 3:00 and pulled into Longs around 4:00 or so. It was a very LONG and unpleasant drive. It was uneventful thank God but seriously 195 through Va. was a parking lot. It took us almost 4 1/2 hours to get through that one state. Not fun :cry: We usually travel on a Sunday so this was really our first time driving on a Sat. What a difference one day makes!!

We had been down in April so thank goodness the water came right on at the house and we were able to get ready and head back out. We went to our faithful Ryan's in NMB for our fix of fried chicken, collard greens, and mashed taters. I have said it before this place for the price is pretty decent. Not amazing, but cheap solid eats. I didn't take pictures because I honestly forgot (oops). After dinner we headed to WalMart in NMB for our weekly supplies. The store was OUT OF CONTROL :ohnoes: :ohnoes: Again we are usually there on a Sun. I had never seen a WalMart this nutty. Shelves were empty and people were cranky. Oh well, we got our food and found a cashier that must of just opened because she had no line!! WOOHOO :wav: We went straight home and to bed. At that point we had been up for about 19 straight hours.

It was so good to be in SC...we were here!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:55 am 
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Emmy, we must have been in that same Wal Mart just hours before you (the one near the outlet mall? or is there one further up north?). We were there about 1:30 and it wasn't TOO bad, but still a decent crowd.

Can't wait to read more of your report!! I just got around to starting mine today too.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:27 pm 
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Sunday the 12th

We slept in until about 7:30 and then headed to church at Our Lady Star of the Sea in NMB. On the way to church about a mile from our home is a pond and I flipped when I saw all the beautiful "white birds" roosting in the trees and fishing in the pond. I believe they were Egrets. We do not have anything like this in NY so it was a blessing to see.
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After church we wanted breakfast/brunch but everything was super crowded. We ended up at IHOP in NMB. The food was fine eggs/pancakes/breakfast meat etc. The service was the WORST. Our waitress literally disappeared. She finally showed up with the check and I actually asked her "What happened to you?" Well, it was what it was and we were just so excited to be heading to the beach.

We beach in the Cherry Grove section. We got to the beach around 2:00 and stayed until 6:00. The weather was PERFECT and the water soooo warm. We found some sharks teeth to start the week and then I was on the hunt for the ever illusive scallop shell. I always find at least one a trip and I was determined this trip would be no different. They are actually harder to find than sharks teeth. We swam, read, and sat soaking the late day sun...glorious.

We headed down Ocean Blvd. and took some pics of Main St. and Ocean Blvd.
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We wanted to try the BBQ House in NMB for dinner as we had heard some really positive reviews...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:13 pm 
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Yes, Emmy, those "white birds" are Snowy Egrets. They are one of my favorite birds, along with the Great Blue Herons. We are lucky enough to have both in our area of SC as well! :nanner:

Great start to your trip report! Fantastic photos by the way! :hello: :hello: :hello: Looking forward to reading the rest of your report. :wav:

Karen in Upstate SC

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Emmy, glad you're feeling better, and thanks for starting your trip review. (LOVE the photos!)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:45 am 
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The pics are so much fun...loved them.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:48 am 
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Thanks Emmy for the photos and report so far. Can't wait to hear about the BBQ joint in your next installment. :)


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Great pics. I am looking forward to reading more. Enjoy your stay.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:54 am 
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There is a lot to be said for just "beaching it." My wife says we are going to do a lot of just "beaching it" this year. Fewer adventures, more relaxation. We'll see how that goes. I am enjoying your report and your pics.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:28 pm 
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OK sorry for the delay...Sy took some pics and I had to get his memory card...

So we left the beach Sunday around 6:00 to witness a rip roaring fight in the parking lot next to Harolds on the Ocean. A woman (yes woman) was punching and slapping this man (boyfriend) like a wild cat. She was screaming and yelling punching his head/face over and over. He showed MUCH restraint and all he did was try to block her punches and hold her hands. We didn't know what to do. They were both so staggering drunk it was amazing they were still upright. Good times...Good times.

So we headed on over to the BBQ House in NMB for dinner. Please see review and pics here viewtopic.php?f=48&t=13420&p=92975#p92975

We enjoyed this meal thoroughly. We headed towards home at this point. We decided to stop at Redbox, grab a movie, and just head back to the house and relax. It had been a great first day despite the random girl on guy fist fight in the lot but hey it's vacation :dontknow: !

Monday Aug. 13

We got up super early and headed right to the beach. We spent a solid 6 hours again just "beaching it." Let me explain exactly how we beach it. Sy first off found a bunch of guys and girls and spent the better part of the week walking to the pier/swimming, and just hanging with them. So that leaves beloved and myself. We sit in our chairs and people watch and read until we get hot. We then get up go in the water and swim, look for teeth/shells. Come out of the water rinse in the showers and repeat several times throughout the day. Yup, that's it folks the mystery of "beaching it" is revealed. We packed sandwiches in the morning so we just lunched right at the beach...so convenient.

Finally after our sun quota(we do use umbrellas too) we decided to head back and get cleaned up for dinner. We were going to Duffy's Street but we were going to try the one on Main St. in NMB. Some of you may remember my report about Duffy's on Sea Mtn. Hgwy. last year and it was less than stellar to say the least. I am happy to report the one on Main St. was much better.

Review and pics here on the last post viewtopic.php?f=46&t=11096&p=92976#p92976

After dinner we decided to head over to Callahan's in Calabash. I had to get my yearly Radko. On the way we were driving through Little River when Paul exclaimed "Did you see that turtle?" and proceeds to turn the car around and head back to the alleged "Giant Turtle." Now, my husband is the most even tempered individual I know (seriously). So for Paul to be excited over a side of the road turtle this had to be good. So after the screeching of tires died down we pulled into a grassy lot and there on the side of the road in Little River where the huge enormous turtles.

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It seems this man rescues these turtles hand raises them and allows them to graze along the side of the road. They were the sweetest. He had about 10 of these monster (I mean cute little guys) and they were just munching away on the grass and waddling around. He was explaining that any donation we could give would be so helpful in feeding them throughout the winter. They all seemed seriously healthy and very well cared for so he must be doing alright :wink: .

After our unexpected encounter with the reptile world Callahan's was a breath of fresh air. We shopped, we browsed, and we just enjoyed the hustle and bustle of that wonderful store. We headed back to the house and watched some TV and headed to dreamland. Day two was a blessing and we were again so thankful to be in MB!!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:59 pm 
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Emmy,
Thanks for the great report.
Actually I need to thank everyone for all of the great reports :wav:
The pics of Main Street or Sea Mntn Hwy (need a refresher course on that!) made me smile from ear to ear. :sunny:
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Enjoyed the rip roaring fight story. :lol: I was laughing so hard I had to share it with Doug. Some people have no sense. In this day and time you never know what you might walk up on. :roll:

Those turtle are huge...Not something you see everyday and I don't blame your husband one bit for screeching to a halt.

Do do we have a new term on the board "Beaching It".....I think I like it and plan to be doing alot of it in a few weeks :nanner:

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Tues. Aug. 14th dawned clear and we knew yet again our day would be spent exploring the ocean and the wonderful delights that inhabit it's coastline. I mentioned earlier I collect small scallop shells. Believe me, they are one tough shell to find intact. Here is a photo of some I have collected over the last several years. I began collecting these when the whole sharks tooth phenomena started to die down for me and I needed to search for something even more illusive :geek: Yeah, I bore easily :BandHead:


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Each one is so unique and different. This is my little guilty treasure seeking pleasure while I'm down. So yeah you all know the drill...head to the beach, relax, head home, get ready head back out...
Now, Tues. was a special night because we were meeting Patrish and Wally. WooHoo! Always fun! We met at their home where Patrish offered us these amazing, delightful, sensory overload strawberry daiquiri's. They were delish :love1: . We then ventured off to Hannah Banana's in Murrells Inlet. The view was so amazing. We literally ate under a canopy of Cypress and moss...

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Food Review and pics here from Hannah Banana's
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After dinner Patrish and Wally took us through a tour of Market Commons. We had been there to eat several times but had never explored all the lovely types of home settings, lakes, stores, and aviation memorabilia from the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It was a lovely evening spent with some really wonderful friends!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:58 pm 
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Great update!! We fully intended to try both the BBQ House AND get to Murrell's Inlet on this trip...alas, neither happened. Maybe next time!


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Wednesday was another beautiful sunny day!! Hmmm at the breakfast table we did talk about doing something other than hanging out by the water all day but...Uhmm, nope no way. The car was packed, sandwiches made and off we went.

We did need gas that morning and I would just like to preface the following picture with the jarring fact that gas is $4.09 a gallon here in NY... So without further ado the price we paid at our local Kangaroo Mart...
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Pretty amazing huh?? It aint cheap to live near the Big Apple, that's for sure :wink:

So we arrived at the beach and it was just another lovely day; until the wind started. I mean wild wind. I tried to talk on my cell phone and my mom said it sounded like a freight train in the background. Unfortunately it completely annihilated one of our favorite umbrellas. After a quick rendition of "Taps" it was properly disposed of in a nearby Cherry Grove trash can. Man, we loved that umbrella. Well, after Paul and I huddled intermittently under our one remaining umbrella for the next oh say 3 hours we packed up and headed back to the house.

We got ready to head back out and decided to buy our new umbrella at Rose's in NMB. Now, I have said it before we love this store. It is NOT fancy, not great quality items, not prestigious. But, it's filled with hard working local people and my Dad always shopped here so that's good enough for us. We picked out a few items including a really nice umbrella at a really GREAT price so we were set.

Dinner was Carrabba's that night. I have posted reviews before about this eatery and they have not changed. They have some of the yummiest Italian around and we even had a coupon for a free large fried calamari so that made the meal even sweeter.

After dinner we decided on a drive to the very end of Cherry Grove. We wanted to walk the Cherry Grove pier but uhmmm excuse me???? $5.00 to park and $2.00 pp to walk the pier??? I think not pretty pier people. Not that we couldn't pay it I just WOULDN'T pay it. So, we continued driving straight past the pier and all the way almost to the end of Cherry Grove. THAT"S WHEN WE FOUND IT!!

It's past the pier and for the life of me I can not find the name of this park/nature preserve!! I just spent 35 min. Googling parks/preserves past the pier in Cherry Grove and came up with a bunch but none looked like where we were. So, until I get down again and take an actual picture of the sign or maybe someone else familiar with Cherry Grove (YooHoo Alan!!) can identify it, you will just have to be happy with these pics that don't even BEGIN to do this place justice. It was that lovely!

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I got talking to an older gentleman who was just sitting on a bench while there and he told me he has lived in Little River all his life. He asked me if I was just "restin" like he was. Never been further north than Maryland he told me nor would he care to go any further. He shared with me a bit about the "old south" before all the commercialism and tourists...lol. He was an absolute jewel and I really am thankful I had a bit of time with this local. I know at times I forget that this hasn't always been "America's Playground" and my family and I don't own the area visiting as we do. He made me pause for a minute and wonder what these people who haved lived locally the last 75+ years must see when they look around at what the area has morphed into...

It was another amazing blessed day in NMB :sunny:

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