Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our Southern Road Trip - Myrtle Beach

I'm a firm believer that all Americans need to take a road trip every once in a while. 
It frees the spirit. Let's you get out in the world and be an adventurer.
Our ancestors (think back to the first Americans), were adventurers, dreamers, explorers. 

That's the American spirit. 

Daniel and I needed to get away and recapture that spirit badly! We planned and saved since Christmas, and last week we hit the road.

 First stop had to be at a Georgia Zaxby's.

Now I know we have a few of these here in Florida, but I had never been.

I had to try some Zax sauce!

All in all, it was a pretty fun place. Cute, quirky, inside decor. Good chicken tenders and yummy dipping sauce!

 Little by little, we made our way up to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

It probably took us about 9 hours (since we made stops) in the car, but we did get to our condo before dark.

 Sadly, it did rain the ENTIRE way. As each hour rolled by, the temperature outside got colder and colder.

We even got a flat tire on the ride up. Poor Daniel had to change the tire in the freezing cold! He is so strong for our family.

But, a little cold, wind, and rain (and flat tire) couldn't get us down! That's all part of the adventure and experience! I still treasure these moments when it's just the two of us, trying to figure things out and solve problems.

We stayed three nights at SeaSide Condos and LOVED IT! With an indoor pool and jacuzzi, we didn't mind that the beach was too cold. I could imagine how beautiful this beach would be in June and July (their prime season). They had plenty of outdoor lounge chairs, an outdoor pool, and a beautiful beach to walk right out to.

What I love about staying in condos particularly (we've stayed one time in Daytona before), is that they have fully stocked kitchens. You aren't confined to just eat out all the time on your trip. This has saved us so much time and money while vacationing! It's nice to have breakfast ready right when you wake up.

One thing that we did NOT like about South Carolina are it's roads! Oh my goodness! They had tons of potholes and cracks in major interstates as well as local roads. Apparently, it's some what of an issue and hot topic throughout the state.

Because of the weather, we weren't able to go to many of Myrtle Beach's (outdoor) attractions. They had tons of mini golf places, outdoor shopping, and destination dining.

Two of their famous spots include Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. For us, being from Florida, these spots seemed a lot like Daytona Beach. Even the dining (Planet Hollywood and House of Blues), was a little disappointing, as we have all of those and more in Orlando.

So, what's a Florida couple to do when the beach is cold? 

Explore other cities! 

We got the flat tire fixed and headed out for day trips to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA!
More to come...

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