We were, as I mentioned in the previous post, blessed with the third floor, far right apartment in this condo for a very, incredibly low cost. We didn't spend a lot of time there, but were very glad to have the kitchen for breakfast, and good beds for rest. The only down thing - it is right on the 9-hole golf course. We had our windows open to let in the nice air and were rudely awakened by the maintenance machines EARLY in the morning. Oh, well.
Our first official act as tourists in this town was, naturally, to find a place for lunch. Very close to our place was Johnny Rocket's. It's a fun place where they give you nickels to play the juke box. We picked out a couple of fun 50's songs to enjoy as we perused the menu. Suddenly, we were startled by these two people giving us a lively rendition of one of the juke box songs - they added a bit of fun to our time there with their clapping, singing, and dancing.
DC ordered a grilled Nate's hot dog - I can't say I've ever heard of Nate's hot dogs, but it was apparently the best hot dog DC had ever eaten - he went on and on and on about it, and brought it up many more times as we would pass by Johnny's place - it became a joke after a while - it must have been really good! We never did make it back there - too many other good places to try.
Myrtle Beach was just a mile from our room, but we headed for Huntington Beach first - we had been told about the wild life preserve and wanted to check that out. It was such a wonderful beach - great sand, just a few people. This was a great time of the year to be there - I can only imagine how crowded it is in the height of tourist season.
This handsome guy caught my eye ~~
I love to watch the birds - especially this little sandpiper ~~
Then we headed into the preserve. There were many varieties of birds flying and floating and swimming around. These are some of my favorite shots ~~
There were oysters growing on the bridge pilings and on the mud. This sign explains the process.
That night we ate at Captain George's - we were looking for some good seafood. We didn't know it when we picked it, but it turned out to the be the hugest buffet I've ever seen. I can't believe I didn't get a picture. The ambience was very nice for a buffet - it looked like a huge ship. And the food was unusually good for a buffet as well. It was worth the significantly large price (which we didn't know until we got the bill - gulp!) The desserts were so beautifully displayed - I especially loved the look of the rice pudding - it had the logo of the restaurant in cinnamon on each pan of the pudding.
I can't remember the next lunch, but the second evening meal was an adventure. We had been given a recommendation for a very authentic Italian place - the recommendation came from the owner of the condo, from whom we were renting. He had a last name that would make you tend to take his advice. Not our guys! They didn't like the look of the place. They didn't like that we were the first car there. C, who is usually not so bold and insistent, jumped out of the car and headed for the door. I followed her, and the guys had to follow or leave us there and go somewhere else. Funny! It turned out to be a very good place (though Italian is definitely not my favorite). It turned out it was a very good thing we were the first ones there - by the time we left, it was full of golfers who filled the place with raucous talk and reiterating their golf games, I'm sure. We were very glad to be finished, but it was pleasant up until then. It was definitely a local favorite.
Coming Soon - Part III - On to Brookgreen Gardens