Monday, January 18, 2021

Bumming Around Myrtle Beach

We took further advantage of the weekend with some heavy exploration.

During the pandemic walking has become our primary form of entertainment and exercise, so we were pretty excited about all of the new walking opportunities in our new temporary home. Today we hiked around Myrtle Beach State Park.

"Myrtle Beach State Park is located in the heart of the busy Grand Strand, but it still retains a natural charm. Designated a Heritage Trust Site, the park's maritime forest (forest by the sea) provides an important feeding and resting green space for many migratory songbirds. The park also protects a relatively undeveloped one-mile long section of sand dunes and beach. The sand dunes provide critical nesting habitat for South Carolina's state reptile, the loggerhead sea turtle. A diversity of marine wildlife can be observed or caught from the fishing pier. The park's cabins, picnic shelters and other historic structures are excellent examples of the quality craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps who developed the park in the 1930s. This 312-acre park also features a campground, playgrounds, nature trails, nature center, and year round educational programs."

I like it when red states trumpet the accomplishments of the CCC as if they wouldn't pee their pants crying about socialism if something similar was created today.

The park was nice but one annoying thing about it was that every park in this state seems to have an admission fee. I think it was $5 a person for this park. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

The plants here were very hardy windswept creatures that looked like they had weathered many a seaside storm.

More love for sweet sweet socialism.

We hiked all the way to the summit.

A crabby experience!

Who knew that anyone would ever want to shark fish?

There was a sea bird hanging around by the fisherman. I'd like to see what sort of transaction that bird has in mind.

We headed to the slightly more developed area of Myrtle Beach.

This area apparently serves an audience that likes to wear hideous shirts.

I sipped some of the local sips. This was a White Thai out of Westbrook Brewing Company in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.

"This beer, inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, is a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel spicing regimen, we add fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a wonderfully refreshing ale with notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger.

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