Found the beach

Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 01, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today we set out on a mission to find a few things. First was a store to get gifts for tonight's pot luck Christmas party, second was find a beach, and third was to find a nice seafood place for lunch.

Today's weather was perfect, 60 degrees and a little overcast. Baxter and I headed out for our morning walk around the lake as Gail got dressed and ready to hit the road. After a nice walk we returned and gathered Gail up and hit the road.

Driving down highway 9 towards North Myrtle beach we stopped and purchased our gifts at the dollar store. This dollar store is like a small version of Walmart. Everything one would need is here including groceries. After hitting the road again we headed east for the beach. We were told by the resort managers to go to Cherry Grove. This is a much smaller town then Myrtle Beach, much like some of the New Jersey shore towns we grew up around.

As we arrived in Cherry Grove I needed to stop and get some screws to fix the bathroom door which had settled a bit during our travel south. There, just like I had ordered it was a huge True Value. Now this was not your everyday hardware store. Inside we found you could get anything needed for the house plus a sporting good store, gas station and grocery store. Super Walmart has nothing on this place. After purchasing our needed supplies, we drove 50 yards down the street to the beach.

The beach was very nice today. The weather was warm and the winds have died down. One could easily sit in a chair on the beach and read or just wave watch on a day like today. Gail strolled up and down the beach chasing the gulls and watching the waves roll in. After a while we hit the road again for our next quest. Seafood.

We stopped at a little dumpy joint called "The Shack". Gail's reasoning for eating here was that there was a ton of cars in the lot so it must be good. The inside of the shack was nice nothing fancy but not a dump either. The menu was easy and plain. Seafood sandwich's or platters. We opted for the Seafood platter, me with flounder and clam strips and Gail with flounder and shrimp. As our lunch was delivered we knew we made a good choice. The fish was great and the dipping sauce was odd but very good. After downing all of mine, some of Gail's and a few hush-puppies it was time to head home.

Tonight was the resorts Christmas pot luck dinner. We signed up to bring sausage and peppers. Over to the hall we headed, food and gifts in hand. There were 3 tables full of food everyone had made plus drinks and punch. Willow Tree had supplied a wonderful ham. As we all headed for the chow I could tell I was going to enjoy every bit of this banquet. Two plate fulls later, my tank was over filled and the gift giving started. Everyone had received a number and once your number was called you would go up to the tree and gab a gift. It proved to be a successful night for both Gail and I. I ended up with a much needed ceramic heater and Gail got a set of nice travel mugs. After a bit of talking and laughing with new found friends we all said our good nights and returned to our homes.

Now the downside of all this social activity is that Gail gets to talking to folks who have been doing this sort of thing for years. Now Gail thinks she might want to go to the RV dealer here and trade in our Jayco and buy a HUGE 5th wheel. Something she can really call home. Most people that stay here over the winter store their campers here, never pulling them. The fee for storage is $40 per month and they pull the unit on when you arrive and off when you leave. I wonder how long it will be until I'm at the RV Dealer looking at new units?  
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Patricia on

Loving reading your adventure. Sounds like a nice place to stay for the winter. $40.00 a month to store the RV sounds like a good deal, much better than the $240.00 to drive down

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