Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Break 2013 - Myrtle Beach

After spending a few months trying to book a time share in Gatlinburg for our 2013 Spring Break trip with our granddaughters, I finally had to look for other options.  Myrtle Beach had an opening, and we grabbed it!  This was our third trip to Myrtle Beach, but the first time to take the girls.  It was a longer trip than we would have liked, mileage wise, but it worked out okay.  We met our son and granddaughters in Louisville, KY, where we spent the night, and then as he headed back home, we headed to the ocean...a 12 hour trip, allowing for stops.  

I had requested an ocean front room, since we had not had one on our previous two trips to Myrtle Beach, and we were not to be disappointed!!  We were on the 12th floor overlooking the ocean side pools and had a beautiful view of the ocean.  We could open the patio doors and enjoy the sound of the ocean waves and see the activity on the beach.  

There is so much to see and do in Myrtle Beach, even in the "off season"...which we were there the week ahead of regular spring break season...that we had to make a schedule of all that we hoped to do while we were there.  We almost got it all in, but the girls let us know that if we didn't do anything but get to the swimming pool and the ocean front, they would be happy.  Every day we took time to do just that, even though some of the days were a little cooler.  The pools were heated to a constant 85 degrees, so they were comfortable no matter what.  At the ocean front, we sometimes just braved it.

One of the things the girls like to do most was jump the ocean waves and get splashed.

Grandpa preferred the luxury of relaxing at the room most of the time, rather than joining us at the ocean or pool.  We were on the 12th floor of the building behind him.

Sunrises and sunsets were very picturesque.

Here are the girls dressed up for church, standing out on our balcony.  We spent Sunday afternoon at the resort, and then Sunday night we went bowling...something different we had not done before.

The girls chose to go to the pool behind our resort that had the zero entry and water sprays.  They had a lot of fun together, as you will see in the pictures below, and Sunshine was able to teach Princess to swim under water with her eyes open.  I do believe going to the pool was Princess's number one favorite thing to do all week.  It was a good thing the pool was heated!!  Our last day at the pool they played water volley ball with some other kids.


We went shopping almost every day, as there were so many cool places to shop....and we didn't even go to the indoor malls!!  We went to Broadway at the Beach, a shopping and entertainment mecca; Barefoot Landing, with lots of cool shops and tigers on display in cages; and Prime Outlets, where we got our best bargains.  Weary from shopping, we did go miniature golfing one afternoon.  You can see the ocean in the top picture, if you look closely, between the turquoise dome and the tall building.  This was a very challenging course!  They have maybe over 50 miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

We went to Wonderworks at Broadway at the Beach.  It looks like an upside down house, but it's an entertainment complex with many things to do inside.  That's Sunshine at the railing.  She liked to take pictures of the ducks and birds and fish.  Broadway at the Beach, as well as Barefoot Landing, are both shopping meccas built around water, and you could cross over the water on boardwalks to more shops.  There was also several amusement rides for the younger children, and Princess rode a few of those.

Here are some of the pictures Sunshine took of the birds, fish, and ducks.

One night we dressed up and went to a musical show at Alabama Theater.  It was voted the number one show to see in Myrtle Beach, and there were many to choose from.  They presented music from across the decades and genres of music.  It was a long show, but all of us thoroughly enjoyed it!

On our trip back home, we divided it up a little instead of traveling one long day back to Louisville.  We stopped in Asheville, NC for the night.  The next day we drove on to Louisville, where we once again met our son to pick up the girls to take them back home.  After a wonderful week at the ocean front, they went back to a record snowfall and had a snow day from school!  Our spring break week at Myrtle Beach was all that we had hoped it would be, and all four of us want to go back some day.  It's hard to capture fun in pictures, and we had plenty of it!!!  It is always a very special treat for us to be able to have our granddaughters with us.  We are so grateful their parents allow us these times of making memories.  If you are a grandparent, you know what I mean!!

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