Wednesday, October 12, 2022

"Let the waves hit your feet, and the sand be your seat." -- Unknown

Myrtle Beach State Park. Anytime I see these over-sized chairs I think of the show laugh-in, "and that's the truth!"

The moderate temperatures and the beach are so enjoyable. I can easily say the beach, wherever it might be, is my happy place. We also are enjoying being stable, even if it's only for a month. Doesn't seem like nearly 2 weeks have gone by already. 

We have been cooking and walking. Sunday night was delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Crack.  Pat threw it in the crock pot and we headed for a 4.5 mile walk on the beach. We went southish to where the water prevented those who wouldn't take off their shoes (Pat) from crossing. Then we headed the other way, northish, towards Myrtle Beach State Park. But, we kept going. We made it to a long stretch of condos, hotel rooms, or apartments, not sure which. After dinner we made cookies, oatmeal/pecan/dried cherries with dark chocolate chips added to half. Not all fun, we've gotten a lot of projects done too.

What we have been enjoying on the beach:

A little windy, but we made it down one afternoon to read.

I haven't made it up early enough to look for shells, but I have heard others tell of finding big conch shells and massive clam shells. We often find pieces of shells like this that are 1/2" thick or more. 

Last Friday, following an inspection, the Renaissance tower was deemed structurally unsafe and people were given one hour to vacate.  Not sure if it had anything to do with Hurricane Ian or not. Not many details have been released. It is just to the South of us. Over the weekend we had a large sonic boom from military maneuvers off the coast and someone started the rumor that the tower had collapsed.

The Renaissance Tower in Myrtle Beach is  22 stories of condos. 

Still working on dune repairs. 

The airport is just on the other side of the state park and the planes are pretty low over the beach. 

The pier at the state park has lots of boards sitting there to repair the hurricane damage. It is closed but somehow this fisherman made it out there.

The ocean salt dries out the trees and causes parts of them to die.

Tracking the ocean currents with radar.

Towers past the state park. 

The pier at that end was open.

A schoolie from Canada. 
Where are the Piepers now? Pirateland Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC

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