Well today is the day we leave for our Texas vacation! Hard to believe the day is finally here! This is the last post I'll write before we leave, and I'm going to try to pop in via my ipad once or twice this week. Can't promise anything, though. :)
All week we've been checking off things our list of things to do before we leave, including laundry, printing maps and itineraries, changing the oil in the car, paying bills, last minute supply shopping, and packing. I even scrambled to get all of my flowers planted last night before we leave for Texas! I literally got all of my porch flowers planted as the sun was going down, and it was dark when I planted the last flowers. But they're all in! I'm anxious to see how they'll hold up while we're gone, but I wanted to get them in now before the rain comes this week.
All week I have been posting about our East Coast vacation, and today I'm sharing a glimpse into the couple of days/nights we spent in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was the last stop on our trip (besides staying with Trent's family in Ohio one night on the way back). You can see more about the other stops by going to my new button on the sidebar - Travel Posts. After we get back from Texas, I'm hoping to create a "page" just for links to my travel related posts, organized by location. And when you click on that button, it will take you straight to that page!
Let's get back to Myrtle Beach, though. It was definitely one of the most FUN places we went on our trip. Unlike the beautiful, serene areas of the North Carolina coast, Myrtle Beach was a tourist mecca. It was still beautiful by the ocean, but there were tons more people and LOTS of things to do!
As soon as we got there, it was immediately apparent that there are a bazillion mini golf places in Myrtle Beach. Literally, one after another, after another. And ironically, we never went mini golfing.
The view from our hotel balcony was gorgeous. You can see why so many people come here on vacation. I had never been to South Carolina either, so that was another new place to add to my list.
Here was our beach. Not too shabby, eh?
We did spend a few hours soaking up more rays in the sand...
And I swam in the ocean a lot here. The waves were crazy!
We didn't spend too long on the beach though, because we had a lot to explore and do here. There were so many attractions, gift shops, even a small amusement park right there in the middle of everything. And the boardwalk was really nice, and huge.
We had time to walk along the boardwalk, stop at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, and I even got myself a chocolate-covered banana on a stick.
We caught this pretty sunset walking back to our hotel the first night. I loved all of the palm trees down here, too.
Both nights we spent some time at Broadway at the Beach. It's kind of a night life area. A lot of the younger people hit the bars and clubs, but there is also tons of shops, and family activities, too. We ate dinner at Planet Hollywood.
All of the mixed drinks were named after movies, and mine was the Indecent Proposal. :)
We went to Senior Frog's, which was crazy loud and busy inside, but had a nice patio area out back right by the huge pond.
I had to get my picture taken with a palm tree our last day there. Can't wait to see more of these in Texas!
One splurge we did on our very last day was take a helicopter ride over Myrtle Beach. We were trying to decide something cool and fun to do, and neither one of us had ever rode in a helicopter before.
It was an awesome way to end our vacation!
The sun was starting to set, and it was definitely an amazing view flying above the city and the ocean.
With all of the hotels lined up by the beach...you have quite the selection when you stay here!
We got our picture taken with the helicopter we rode. We were super nervous at first, but our pilot was really nice and cool! It was an amazing experience.
The last sunrise of our vacation....
I'm super excited to leave for Texas to make more memories in a place we've never been before. Today will be a lot of driving (about 16 hours!). It's 7:00, so we are leaving soon. Austin bound today! :)