Today I woke up around 9:00 A.M to get ready for our trip from Charleston to Myrtle Beach. I remember eating sausage, eggs, and rice for breakfast. It was good and got me full for a while. Then we left the house around 10:00 A.M. The trip to Myrtle Beach was interesting because of the places on the way to Myrtle Beach. I remember going through Mount Pleasant and it had very sleepy and interesting communities near the bay of the island. I remember driving through this dense forest with foliage growing on the trees to the side and on the branches overhanging the highway. I also remember passing through other quiet beach towns such as McClellanville. We also stopped to get gas near McClellanville. To be honest, getting gas there was an event on its own. The cashier lady called me “honey” which is something that caught me off guard. Coming from Colorado, Hawaii, Guam, etc. I was never called that before. I also witnessed her talking incredibly nice to the regulars. It was the kind of nice that made me realize that life still exists in these small communities as opposed to the lifeless anonymity of big cities. Anyways, while I was at this gas station I got to try their coffee and doughnuts. Both of them were exceptionally good.
From here, it was a hop and a skip to Myrtle Beach. On the way I could also point out two oddities in the area. Nothing negative, but, something interesting. I noticed that there were a lot of tourist traps trying to sell random beach accessories and memorabilia. They ranged from tie dye shirts to beach posters to beach towels to who knows what. I remember at one stretch there were three of these stores in a row! The funny thing about it was the stores were getting bigger in succession with the last store being the biggest. These stores were oddly colorful with lots on display on the front including items they sell and different “for sale” signs. Secondly, I also noticed there were quite a bit of mini-golf places. The thing that stuck out the most was the blue water. I’m sure its to make it look more unique and interesting, however, why blue? Why not keep it clear like normal water? Are they trying to hide something? Something about the blue artificial water in all of these mini-golf places bothered me. I must digress and add that I remember one golf place having normal water.
While we were approaching Myrtle Beach I saw one of the prettiest girls in my life. We were at a stop light and she was jogging in the area and waited for the pedestrian sign to turn. She had her blonde hair tied up and she was dressed in a jogging outfit. In terms of looks she has this normal yet cute and innocent flair to her. It was this sort of all-american beauty that is hard to describe. For some reason, she really stuck out, and sometimes I wonder who she is, what does she like to do, what music she listens to, if she prefers cafes over clubs, etc. Too bad I’ll never find out.
When we finally arrived in Myrtle Beach we went straight to our hotel the Coral Beach Hotel. The parking area inside the actual hotel compound was a bit cramped since it was to be used for loading, unloading, registering, etc. We unloaded our luggages and headed to the room. In the lobby area near the elevator there was the lady who greeted guests and asked them if they wanted coupons for the different attractions in the area. I didn’t really think about it but I kept her deals in my mind. Later, when we went to our room I wanted to swim as soon as I can. I got ready to swim and went to check out the pools. The pools themselves were a bit small and shallow (4-5 ft deepest). But I did get to try out the water slide, which, was fairly fun. Afterwards, I wanted to head to the bigger pool, the beach. This was the first time I went to the beach for nearly a year. It was very surreal and nostalgic to see the shoreline and the waves hitting the sand. The only difference is that the ocean is the Atlantic ocean. I’ve never seen the Atlantic ocean until today and it was an enlightening experience. The difference between the Atlantic and Pacific is that the Atlantic ocean has a sense of dread and danger I haven’t felt while being in the Pacific. I think its due to the ocean water being a bit aggressive with the high waves hitting at random intervals. But I think the dread came mostly from the fact that the water was murky and no one would go further than the shoreline where the waves break. I ventured out further for a while and wrestled with the waves but the feeling of dread and fear eventually told me to go back to shore. At shore, I left my belongings with my siblings and made a short run through the beach. I’m not too sure how far exactly I went but I know that it was pretty far. The whole time even turning back I never slowed down. When I got back to where I think the hotel was I went to the ocean for one last swim before heading back. While heading back I asked the lifeguard where the hotel was and he pointed in a direction that I think wasn’t the right way. So I went anyways so he wouldn’t feel bad. Then, I asked a homeless person. And surprisingly he gave me better advice to get street side so I can find the hotel. I did what he said and I quickly found the hotel. But, it was a bit odd that local people can’t locate a specific hotel. When I got to the hotel I actually rinsed off in the pool and then headed to the room. When I got to the room I found that my parents ordered pizza and I ate some and took a nap.
When I woke up from the nap I got ready to go to a boardwalk called Broadway at the Beach. When we left the hotel I remembered that my family wanted to go to the Wonder Works museum. I also remembered that the lady near the elevator was giving coupons for that museum. I asked her how to get the coupons but she pitched me an offer I had to accept. The offer was to find a couple to take a tour of a new hotel in the area. The couple would get the coupons and a stay at the new hotel. It was an interesting offer but I declined since we just didn’t have enough time to squeeze in an extra tour.
The drive to the Broadway was interesting since it went through the heart of Myrtle Beach. It was interesting, Myrtle Beach reminded me more of Tumon in Guam than Waikiki in Hawaii. I think its because there wasn’t a lot of tourists and the hotels were pretty spaced apart from each other like in Guam, as opposed to, the hustle and bustle in the crowded Waikiki area. When we got to the Broadway it too wasn’t really crowded. However, the boardwalk itself was beautiful. The shops in the boardwalk have a very beachy exterior that gave them a lot of character. All the small food stands such as popcorn, lemonade, slush, etc. were operated by the younger kids in the area. To be honest, they all looked like they could have been my friends if conditions allowed it. One girl in particular caught my eye, she was working in a slush stand called Eskimo Slush or something. She looked asian and reserved. Like the other girl from before, I quickly realized, that a relationship was impossible with her due to distance, time, etc.
While walking through the Broadway we got to stop by the Wonder Works. Which, is essentially a museum with an upside down house as its exterior. Also, near the Wonder Works there was an unusual amount of koi fish and ducks in the water. I remember being able to take a picture of a duck on the boardwalk. Afterwards, we walked around the Broadway and check out a few stores. I remember there being two candy stores. One was a IT’SUGAR which is actually a franchise candy store. Inside was a bunch of random candies and a very small oriental candy section with pocky, hello panda, etc. An interesting candy was a lollipop with a scorpion in it. Other than that. IT’SUGAR was about as normal as normal can be. The other candy store was a more traditional candy store that sold chocolate covered fruits and I think caramel apples too. What stuck out to me was the salt water taffy and the machine that was pulling taffy. Although it all looked interesting, for some reason I didn’t get any taffy.
Afterwards we were looking for somewhere to eat dinner. At first we asked some of the locals for a good seafood place. However, they unfortunately only recommended places in the Broadway which didn’t look too appealing or unique. So my sister recommended Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, which, is supposed to be a real good seafood buffet. Subsequently, we left the Broadway and headed to to Captain Benjamin’s. The drive there wasn’t too exciting. When we did arrive I noticed that there was different boat parts such as rudders, wheels, etc. almost littered near the entrance. I’m sure it was added for a nautical decor and character. The store itself looked like a beach house/light house in the exterior. As we entered, a pirate even greeted us and gave colorful necklaces to my mom and sisters. It was interesting, to say the least. Our host at the door to the table was the most interesting host I’ve seen so far. It was this nerdy kid who was enthusiastic about his job. He was quite amusing and made the walk to the table funny. When we got to the table we were greeted by the waitresses. They gave us the rundown and let us get our food. When it came to the food selection, all I have to say, is that it was multitudinous. It was mostly southern food and seafood. There were also various american classics throughout the buffett. Sparing detail, I remember I ate a lot that night. I could comment that the hushpuppies they served was the most unique hushpuppies I ever ate. It wasn’t like the normal salty hushpuppies, but, it was sweet. The change in palate taste made it unique and easier to eat. Overall, Captain Benjamin’s was a lot of fun with tons of great food. If you are looking for seafood or a unique experience in Myrtle Beach, you can’t go wrong, with Captain Benjamin’s.
We eventually left Captain Benjamin’s and went back to the hotel room. The night was about to be over but I remembered that I still had to do research on my Sherman’s March. Because of this I decided to look for a open cafe or anything nearby to do some research. To do so, I decided to walk around the neighborhood. The walk was interesting and hardened my belief that Myrtle Beach was similar to Tumon in Guam. The walk itself reminded me of a walk through Tumon at night. Which is quiet with very little people walking with you. While I was walking I only saw one general store open and the rest closed. The only thing else open is the various hotel lobbies around the area. Unfortunately, I didn’t find an open cafe to study in, but I did get to see a nice portion of the city. I remember passing by the other boardwalk. I don’t remember if it had a name, but it did look more like a fairground with a giant carousel. At this time, everything in that boardwalk was closed. Afterwards I remember walking through the beach to the hotel. It was dark but in the distance towards the hotel I saw other people walking the beach. In the far distant I saw kids throwing bottle rocket fireworks across the beach. It was interesting, and at this time I was back at the hotel. When I got back to the room I did my studying there and subsequently went to sleep.