Myrtle Beach - Day 1

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
Trip End Jul 02, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Today was a really full day. I got the troops up at 8am, an hour later than I had planned, but we were all so tired. We took turns with the shower and running down to grab some breakfast. After toting all our stuff back to the van, it was time to go. We drove all the way from Chester to South of the Border, which I recently read described as a "true monument to crap." I have to say this description was pretty dead on the money. We decided to stop at South of the Border for lunch and a potty break. It's such a weird place - I am a natural born shopper but I didn't really want to hang out there too long. It was hot too - we got our first taste of the sticky heat there.

Once we pulled out of there, we were not far from Myrtle Beach. We got to our hotel here pretty quickly. The hotel is great - it must be new because everything looks really nice. After settling in and bringing our bags up, we headed off to Broadway at the Beach. I wanted to go to Margaritaville for dinner, but the wait was 2 & 1/2 hours. We ended up at the Key West Grille - the food was really good and we got in right away. We walked down to Margaritaville to check out the gift shop and it was wall-to-wall people. The Boardwalk is cool, bunches of stores and restaurants surrounding a lake. It was so hot when we first got there, but cooled off nicely after dinner time. There is so much to do there - there are mini-golf courses, the aquarium and all sorts of other family-friendly activities. We only saw part of it tonight and I think we walked for hours. Eventually we split up and I took Sophie to Build-A-Bear while Steve took the other two kids to what I think may be the world's biggest candy store - it was called simply "Sugar". There was a wait to even get in the door at Build-A-Bear, I couldn't believe it. It was nothing like at home. But even though we waited, Steve, Hope & Lance didn't catch up with us until we were almost done.

We're back at the hotel now. Tomorrow we go to the condo at the Ocean Reef - it will be nice to set our bags somewhere for a couple of days.
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