Thursday, November 13, 2014

North Topsail Island, NC To Myrtle Beach, SC, The Apache CG and Plotting A New Course

Myrtle Beach, SC

61 deg. overcast, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy skies this morning will give way to occasional showers during the afternoon. High near 70F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tuesday morning, about 10:05, we left the Surf City Family CG on Topsail Island and headed back to US 17 on NC 210. It wasn't far and soon we were heading in a Southerly direction on 17. There was quite a bit of traffic and I'm guessing that ti was because it was Veterans Day and quite a few folks had the day off of work. The traffic moved along nicely though and soon we were crossing into South Carolina and going through North Myrtle Beach.

I watched for Vanna White as we drove through the town, but didn't see her. ;-)

Soon we were in Myrtle Beach and turning off of US 17 onto Lake Arrowhead Road which brought us to the Apache Family Campground. It was 12:20 when we pulled up in front of the office, so we drove the 106 miles down here in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Not too bad considering the heavier than normal traffic and the 10 miles of city driving in SC before we arrived here at the park.

We've been to the Apache Family CG before and like before, it didn't disappoint. Like I said Tuesday, Jim had reserved one of the new "premium" sites and I do believe that it's worth the extra cost.

This is the view out of Nora's door! 

Looking to the left

Looking to the right

View from the dune looking back at our site.

A couple beach photos.

As most of you know, there's a cold front sweeping across the country and it's supposed to get here to Myrtle Beach today, so, Tuesday afternoon and yesterday, Jim and Linda didn't do anything but enjoy the great mid 70's temperatures and sunny skies that we were having. Part of the time they were inside of Nora, looking out of the windows and door and part of the time they sat outside under Nora's awning, enjoying sound of the surf, the gentle breeze, clear skies and warm temperatures, not to mention the great view!!! ;-)

Oh, and at night? Well, there's a restaurant out on the big pier that is part of the park and they light the whole thing up. Here's a couple photos taken at different times of the evening. Sorry they're a little blurry but I think they're kind of neat.

Today, Jim and Linda have some shopping to do. They need to go to Walgreen's and pick up a few items, Jim would kind of like to swing over to the Camping World store here in Myrtle Beach, Linda would like to look for a few Christmas presents, and if it's not raining, they're planning on going out to eat.

Well, Jim has found that big eraser again. :-O  Being that the weather is supposed to turn really cold, he and Linda have decided that it may be wise to take a shorter, quicker route down to Florida from here.  So yesterday afternoon, he started erasing and plotting a new course. Now, instead of taking 3 days to get down to Northern Florida, we'll be down there with just a one night stopover and we'll probably be getting to DeBary on the 18th or 19th rather than on the 20th.

Did you know that The City of Myrtle Beach is in the center of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent of beach on the South Carolina coast? In the last 25 years, Myrtle Beach has developed into the premier resort destination on the East Coast.

Oh, and just one more thing!!! Linda wants to thank everyone who commented on this blog or called or e-mailed to congratulate her for her achievement the other day. Thank You!!!!!


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