Myrtle Beach is a large beach resort town. It stretches for several miles down the Atlantic coast. The coast is lined with hotels, condos and golf courses. A drive down the main strip explains why Americans are getting so fat. The main drag, Kings Highway, is a buffet lover’s dream. It seemed that every restaurant was trying to outdo the neighboring restaurant with its number of available buffet items. “Over 120 items!” Seafood, cooked “Calabash style” and crab legs were the biggest draws. Every seafood restaurant described itself as “Calabash.” I had a difficult time figuring out what that meant. Our tour book finally solved the mystery and defined Calabash as lightly breaded and deep fried. Of course, the buffets don’t open until after 2pm so an astonishing number of pancake house restaurants have taken up the morning time slack. But, the food is reasonably priced – just expect volume not good eats.
David, Alex and David’s fiancée Sara flew in to spend a couple days with us. We rented them a motorhome and reserved a campsite next to ours, for their visit. It was absolutely wonderful seeing them! David is “off probation” with LAPD this month and will soon be a Police Officer II and transferred to a new division. David and Sara are engaged and have planned their wedding for November 2009. Alex is working for a digital cable installation company and is happy and single. We’ve invited them to join us again this January when we plan to tour Disney World.
The weather was windy and rainy during most of their visit. But, we still managed to get in a game of miniature golf. Oh, did I mention that there must be thirty miniature golf courses along the main strip…..they are packed in between the Calabash seafood buffets and the pancake houses. Choosing which miniature golf course to play can be challenging. They all have different themes to tempt you to select their course. The landscaping and decorations are very elaborate but the actual courses lack the obstacles and challenges we are used to on the west coast. It appears they just want to lure you in with their “Pirate” “Jurassic Park” “Atlantis” or “Jungle” themes but once you are there and they have your money, they just want to hurry you off. We made the most of it and were joined by Sara’s high school friend, Amber (who now lives in North Carolina) and her boyfriend (a Beaufort County Sheriff) Wesley.
The gloomy weather did not detract from the excitement of seeing our sons, since leaving California in July. Our future decision about where to “settle down” one day, will be influenced by our desire to be near the boys and their “future” families. But, we still have much of America to see and a whole lot of time to enjoy our RV travels.