Can That Be Sunshine?
case you missed the first two parts of this series of columns, it is about my
vacation, most of which was spent in a raincoat under an umbrella. I was
beginning to think we should start building an ark when…
Can you believe it? The sun finally broke through and we had two glorious days
of good weather on a seventeen day trip. Naturally, we wanted to do everything
at once since we had not been able to do anything except slosh through the
We were at Myrtle Beach. It is sometimes called The Redneck
Rivera by those who find the touristy atmosphere less than sophisticated.
Indeed, the number of miniature golf courses is exceeded only by the number of
bargain beachwear stores, and the number of pancake houses is exceeded only by
the number of seafood restaurants.
In the short amount of time left, we decided to concentrate on
things not available at home.
We took a nice walk on the boardwalk along the ocean and
beautiful white sand beach and lunched at a restaurant on the pier. My sister
said riding in a helicopter was on her bucket list of things to do, but her
husband was not enthusiastic. She has been on balloon rides, so it didn't seem
like much of a stretch to go on something as tame as a helicopter. We decided to
do it. There was room for three passengers on the 'copter, which worked out well
as my brother-in-law still wasn't interested. "We might see sharks,"
the pilot told us as we flew away down the coast. Seeing sharks from a
helicopter is about as close as I wanted to get to one.
I wanted to go on a dolphin tour. We found one that looked good
in the travel brochures and put the address in our GPS. We were running
late, as usual, trying to get to the port before the boat left the dock. But the
destination seemed to get further and further away. The last straw was when we
came to a draw bridge that was up. "It's probably letting the boat through
that we are supposed to be on," Honey observed.
Not to be deterred, we decided to take a later tour. We found
the location, but there was a lot of activity going on, tents being set up and
such. A woman came up and asked if we were vendors. "No," I said,
"We are lost." I decided to call the number on a parking lot sign for
directions to the dolphin tour. However, the lady who answered said they were on
the winter schedule now and there was no other tour today. An entire day of
sunshine wasted on a wild goose chase, or should I say a wild dolphin chase.
We didn't want to be in the middle of the "Shrimp
Festival" that they were setting up the next day, so we decided to give up
on dolphins and go to a nearby state park. We walked on the beach for about 30
minutes before a black cloud moved in and it started raining again as usual. The
emergency flashflood warning went off on our phones and we high tailed it out of
there before any more roads washed out.
Both my sister and I had a taste for salt water taffy like we
had as kids. We each bought six boxes. We really like salt water taffy. However,
when we ate it, we found it left a waxy coating on the roof of your mouth. They
apparently don't make salt water taffy like they used to. And between the four
of us, we had 18 boxes of it. We are still getting the wax out of our teeth.
Our vacation time was up now and we were worried about getting
home as we were not sure if the roads would be open closed due to roads or
bridges being washed out. However, luckily the roads that were closed were not
on our route and we made it back safely.
We learned one valuable lesson from our adventure -- never
vacation in a disaster area.
Read Part 1 - Our
Read Part 2 - Water, Water, Everywhere