Back to the Atlantic Ocean

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Back on the road again, Willy.  We drove primarily on US17 today with varying amounts of traffic.  Only one Fine Individual crossed our path, so it was really uneventful.  The road in places is like a tunnel amidst the hardwoods with the tips of the branches touching across the roadway.  Our trip was only about a hundred miles and it went smoothly.  We got to Myrtle Beach State Campground and really didn't realize how huge it is. There must be at least three hundred sites...  Our site, number two-one-seven is in the fifth circle with one circle to go.  It's surrounded by hardwood trees with a few loblolly pines in the mix.  Lots of birds singing near Shorty.  Nice...  We had lunch and then walked about a quarter of a mile or less to the beach.  This is our first visit to the Atlantic, at a beach, that is.  In Savannah at Tybee Island, we saw the ocean, but here, if we'd wished, we could have dipped our toes in the water.  There were lots of folks either walking or sunning themselves in the mid-seventy degree temperature.  The sky was blue and cloudless.  We walked a bit on the boardwalk and then continued for about half a mile on the sand.  We saw birds which I took one shot of and would like one of you kids to identify.  Just email me and make a guess.  As I always told my son Joe, "It's good for you".  There were a few fellows flying kites in the breeze and I lucked out and got one nice shot of one of the kites.

Instead of walking back on the beach, we took off on the Youpan Nature trail.  Not birds or other species, but a beautiful forest trail made up of hardwood trees.  As a new twist, I took photos of the bark of several of the trees.  The trail had several markers giving the tree species and uses of each.  A very nice touch, as we are really interested in the flora of the various places we have visited.  We walked just about an hour and a half and enjoyed the warmth.  Lynnie actually broke down and put on a Short-Sleeved-Shirt.  That will give you some idea of how nice it is here.  We'll stay tonight and tomorrow night and them move cautiously in a northward direction.  We're enjoying the warm climate and thinking a bit about home and the onset, hopefully, of spring.

We set up the Weber Q and barbecued a steak for dinner.  That along with a cold vegetable salad, rice and a green salad made a fine dinner.  We'll be back tomorrow with the latest from the South Carolina coast.
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