How to Spruce Up Your RV

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Monday, June 30, 2008

The Myrtle Beach KOA was an event.  It was huge yet very wooded and pretty, complete with it's own little lake.  It was right off the main drag but you'd never know it. It had a bounce pillow, large playground, pool with a bunch of cool water features, gas station, grocery store, on site RV repair, live music, and outdoor movie nights!  I kid you not!  It was so big that there were 6 employees at the registration desk! This accurately reflected Myrtle Beach.  I can honestly say we had never seen anything quite like it.  Myrtle Beach offers the beach of course, and additionally; The Carolina Opry,  Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, water parks, roller coasters, amusement parks, arcades, Ripley's "Believe it or not" attractions, haunted houses, miles of beach shops, bars, restaurants and beach warehouses where every thing is $5.99!  The most fabulous attractions of all are the Putt Putt Golf Courses!  This is the land of Putt Putt every few blocks and they are huge and they are spectacular!  Maybe it's Hilton Head for the mini golfer!  The Grand Strand as Myrtle Beach is referred to, is circa '60s and to us, was a combination of Old Vegas, Classic Florida, some Coney Island, a little bit country and part county fair.

We needed a day with some down time so the beach was a perfect fit.  Who knew the wind was blowing 50mph causing unbelievable surf when we were tucked between the tall pines.  We walked to the beach with gear in hand an found ourselves in a sand storm that had the people mass exiting.  The umbrellas were blowing away and chairs were not able to keep upright.  We stayed and waited out the storm as it started to rain.  We began to eat our picnic lunch with our backs to the bombardment of sand and rain.  "This is so not fun!" Rusty yelled and screamed.  Clark retorted "oh come on kids we're at the beach, you can't do this at home."  Rusty responded "I am not having any fun!"  "Sure you are Russ." as Clark handed him another soggy piece of chicken and sand crusted potato salad.

The rain stopped, but the wind continued so Rusty got the boogie board out in the water.  The boogie board took off in the wind, but it was attached to his wrist. It seemed to be winning the fight as Rusty struggled to pull the line in and gain control of it.  It looked more like he was flying a kite and doing a good job at it.  Clark said "that's my boy" as Rusty started to yell at the boogie board "this is not fun!"  Russ gave up on the board and decided to try the waves without it.  He met another boy by the name of Bruce.  They became fast friends and played together the entire afternoon.  Clark, Ellen, and Audry all ran into the crashing surf and joined in the fun.  After all, they had the place to themselves! Everyone else had run for shelter.

Erma, Bruce's mother, and Ellen struck up a conversation as they watched the kids play.  She had recently moved there from Virginia Beach and gave Ellen some hints of what to do and not do when the Griswalds arrive there.  The kids began playing this game where they would walk down the beach some distance and would get in the water and let the current whisk them past the mothers, all at a very quick pace.  They found great joy in this activity and repeated it over and over again.

Suddenly Angie and Otis arrived with their daughter, Reba.  They were friendly folks and jumped right in on the conversation.  Clark, seeing all this talking going on certainly wouldn't be left out so, he joined in as well. Before you knew it, we were chewin' the fat like nobody's business! The afternoon was passing into evening and the Griswald's decided to get some Carolina Barbecue. Clarkism: "Kids, did you know that in Carolina, Ribs and Barbecue are 2 different things?"  "Yup, barbecue is pulled pork and/or chicken whereas ribs are just...ribs."  After dinner we returned to TV Sets and Palm Trees.  

There were artificial lit palms trees set out by the Kampers.  This seems to be the culture in RV parks and the thing to do too spruce up your atmosphere.  Other suggestions might be potted plants, Tiki lights, "The Bar is Open" signs, etc.  I think you get the picture.  Oh and lets not forget the numerous chairs needed to sit outside your camper all the while looking at the backside of your neighbors camper.  In the evening if you choose to sit outside, you probably would, as this is where you would find the TV.  Outside, permanently mounted and connected in the side compartment of your camper.  And here you probably would be watching Paula Dean.  As we strolled down the lane, we were able to watch the entire show of Paula Dean as we watched from camper to camper amongst the lit palms trees.  Who knew?                  
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