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A Trip to Myrtle Beach

In between all the shopping and quilting and walking at the gardens, I did get some time on the beach in Myrtle Beach. DH and I walked along the shore a couple of evenings, watching the birds and the waves. The nice thing about this area is that it isn’t wall to wall people. There are visitors but it isn’t crowded.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

These pictures were taken in the state park on the shoreline. It was evening, after DH had finished his work for the day, so the light isn’t the best.  Remember, we are on the east coast where the prettiest pictures are at dawn.  This time we were not staying at a beach hotel so I couldn’t get the sun over the water.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Seagulls vied with pigeons for tidbits on the beach.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This little guy wasn’t afraid of us, but decided to scratch his nose when I decided to take his picture.

Myrtle Beach State Park 2

We walked out on the pier where people were fishing. It was lovely looking back at the shore.  DH used to spend some time in the summer camping in this park when he was a kid.  He had lots of memories of the fun they had.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Looking down into the water, I saw a sea turtle but didn’t get the camera out fast enough. A minute later, I did get a picture of a shark. It is under the water in the upper right of the photo.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Sunset was over the land, and the clouds made an interesting view.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

On another day, I went to the beach in the middle of the day. In the distance, there is a parasailing parachute.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There is something about toes in the sand that is so relaxing.

Toes in the sand

Bubbles and broken shells in the receding water made interesting patterns.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The colors here would be an interesting inspiration for a quilt, mostly shades of white and grey with a touch of apricot.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Looking back toward the hub of Myrtle Beach where the big hotels are located, it isn’t crowded.  Of course, Myrtle Beach proper has its touristy side, with garish shops hawking towels and beachwear, but the northern end of town is more peaceful and relaxing.  When you get to the community of North Myrtle Beach, there are free parking lots about every half-mile, and beaches are a lot less crowded.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I found a quaint shopping area, little shops and restaurants on a pier-like setting, called Barefoot Landing.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It was so pretty, with fountains and large pots of flowers.  The architecture of the buildings is typical of the beach community.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There were large pots of mixed flowers all over the piers, with many benches to sit and eat or just relax.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I saw this while I was at a stop light. Looking up I was a bit surprised to see King Kong with an airplane!! It was on top of the wax museum, and had to be somewhere close to 40-50 feet high, over the building!  I’ve never seen anything like it, so I had to show it to you.

Myrtle Beach ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Walking along the beach again in the early evening later in the week, we found a Garden by the Sea.  Marigolds and pansies were blooming profusely.

Gardens by the Sea 1

Beautiful stonework retaining walls holding more flower beds.  Some had not come into bloom yet.

Gardens by the Sea 2

I know this post is getting long, but there is so much to show you! There were more garden spots with lovely places to sit and enjoy the view, some public and some connected with the resorts.

Gardens by the Sea 6

This garden had wonderful foliage in purple shades.

Gardens by the Sea 3

This little spot had a quaint fountain.

Gardens by the Sea 7

It was so nice to walk in the evenings after dinner.  We had a couple of really outstanding meals and I’ll show you those tomorrow.

Have you had or are you planning a beach vacation?

See these links for more about my Myrtle Beach adventure –

Quilting Myrtle Beach

Thrift Store Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Visiting Brookgreen Gardens

Myrtle Beach Foodie

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