Myrtle Beach sunrise fisherman
Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina
Brookgreen Gardens
Myrtle Beach ~ Amusements ~ Boat Ride ~ Brookgreen Gardens
August 9-12, 2004
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
My visit to South Carolina consisted of a trip to Myrtle Beach. This picture is of the beach near the hotel where I stayed -- fourth building from the left.

(Just a note: My vacation ended the day before the area was evacuated due to Hurricane Charley coming through.)

Myrtle Beach hotel
Sunrise was particularly pretty here since the beach faces mostly east. These are a few of the pictures I got early one morning.
Myrtle Beach Sunrise
Myrtle Beach Sunrise
Myrtle Beach Sunrise Fishing
This is the view from the hotel toward the beach.
Beach view from hotel
Given the name, I just had to eat here. Of course, since I was on vacation, I wasn't crabby -- until I got the bill! A bit pricey even for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Crabby Mike's
From a pier about half a mile from the hotel, looking back toward sunset.
Sunset over Myrtle Beach
Lessons Learned from the Beach

While walking down the beach or looking out on it from my hotel room, I started noticing things that eventually led to the list below. Tell me what you think.

Lessons from the beach
  1. Some people look good on the beach, some people look bad on the beach, but most of us are just okay.
  2. If you are one of those who look bad or just okay, don't try to pretend to be one who looks good -- we can all tell the difference.
  3. Waves are going to come crashing in -- they cannot be stopped, so don't try. Instead, plan accordingly. Some people ride the waves into the beach while others get smashed by all that water. It's the same wave. What makes the difference is what you do about it.
  4. If you build a castle in the sand, expect that it won't last. Either the tide will rise and wash it away, or someone will step on it and smash it. If you want something to last, you need a better foundation.
  5. If you sit on the beach, expect to get wet. (This also goes for water rides at amusement parks.) However, you can have a lovely time at the beach without getting in the water. Also, expect to get sandy. In fact, what's a beach without sand and water? Well, whatever it is, it's not a beach.
  6. It's very relaxing to listen to the sound of crashing waves -- if they aren't crashing onto you.
  7. A small child was sitting on the sand beside her father. As the tide began to rise, the water started rushing beside the child. She immediately began to crawl up in her father's lap because she knew he would take care of her. She continued to get wet, but as she held on to her father, she knew it was okay. So, if you aren't very big, hold on to someone who is.
  8. The waves bring in more than just shells. Sometimes they leave our trash behind on the beach. Of course, that gives us a second chance to dispose of it properly.
  9. Lifeguards are on the beach to help keep us from danger. When they blow their whistle at you, it's a good idea to listen to what they have to say.
  10. Really big waves (like tsunamis) can travel hundreds and even thousands of miles across the ocean with no more evidence on the surface than a small wave. It's when they get to the beach that their true size and force are revealed.
  11. Storms can pop up with very little warning and turn a perfectly lovely day into a mess -- unless you expect to get wet anyway.
  12. The tide comes in and goes out twice a day. It's due to a force far away, so don't take it personally. At least it's predictable.
  13. A day without work is like ... a vacation!
  14. Why is it that you don't see too many sad people at the beach? Do sad people not come to the beach or does the change in location affect their mood? I think the latter, but that means that far too many people let their circumstances determine their outlook. That should make me sad, but then again ... I'm at the beach!
  15. You are never too old to stop and pick up shells ... especially if you are with a young child.
  16. I think a father that would dig in the sand with his children has at least some idea about what is important.
  17. If you swim near a pier, don't be surprised if you get "hooked."
  18. People who wear skimpy swimming suits reveal more than the obvious: their character, their morals, their parent's morals, etc.
  19. The pier prohibits fishing for sharks. They realize that when you put out the bait, you sometimes get more attention than you bargained for. (Also see previous item.)
  20. Some dolphins just went by proving that even at the beach there will be some special, serendipitous moments that make you smile even bigger.
  21. It will rain on the beach, but eventually it will stop, the sun will come out and it will be a lovely day again.
There's more to Myrtle Beach than just beach. Continue to other amusements.
Unless otherwise stated, all material copyright by Michael Pullin, 2008.