A few years ago, I published a well-reasoned argument outlining why I wasn’t a fan of going to the beach. I still agree with the majority of those points, but after visiting Myrtle Beach in October, I came to love everything about the beach. It wasn’t super-hot. It wasn’t over crowded because it wasn’t really their prime tourist season. Shoot, even the sand didn’t bother me. Too much.
Even though we were on a tight budget, our family had a great time. Yes, we had to say “no” to doing a few of the touristy things, but that was OK. That gave us more time to spend in the sun, sand, and water. We searched for seashells, cruised the Boardwalk, and built several sandcastles.
And at night we strolled along the coast. While I wasn’t able to accomplish Item #17 on my list of things I want to do, the week was a huge success and we made some pretty awesome memories together. I’m sure there will be other opportunities to have a candlelight dinner by the ocean with Christy. I will just have to make sure that happens. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
Congratulations, Myrtle Beach. You’ve won me over.
And now that we’ve been facing highs in the teens (at best) and bone chilling winds that have been strong enough to knock down tree limbs, I’m finding myself longing for a return to the warm, sandy coast with the calming sounds of the waves kissing the shore.
Yep. It’s cold. And I need a beach.
Until then, I’ll just have to settle for these beautiful memories…