Smile #156 – Nice to Meet You, Myrtle Beach! Again…[Part III]

Nice to Meet You, Myrtle Beach! Again…[Part III]

Even though we made sure we covered every inch of our exposed skin with sunscreen, Bubble and I still woke up more burnt than expected.  We are two pink lobsters.

For a change of scenery, we drove from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach to the serene Brookgreen Gardens.  Visitors can roam freely throughout the 9,170 acre of beautiful nature with scenic ponds and lakes, incredible figurative sculptures and well maintained walking trails.  The garden currently also features a LEGO exhibits.

We started off at the Live Oak Allee garden.  What a spectacular sight of these mighty oak trees!  300 years is a long time to be alive.  The countless twisted and curled branches split from the large truck offered shades from the radiating heat.  The undisturbed garden looks absolutely picturesque.

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We move deeper into the Sculpture Garden.  At the north end of a trail is the newest addition, the Labyrinths.  According to the sign, labyrinths are looked as an archetypal symbol of journey and renewal.

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We followed the Low Country Trail to the other side of the garden.  Along this trail, remains of a slave village showcased the plantation life.  At the end of the trail leads into the LEGO exhibit.  Right next to the spider LEGO displays were 3 very real, very alive tarantulas!  Holy cow!  They were all busy weaving their web.  Other LEGO figures were scattered between each animal exhibit. We met a red-tailed hawk, who actually turned around when I said out loud, “let me snap a pic of you!” Maybe I can be the future bird whisperer!  We skipped the butterfly house to avoid me screaming bloody murder/accidentally smacking one.

Despite the heat, Bubble and I quite enjoyed our nature walk among majestic oak trees and creative sculptures.

Leaving the garden, we then headed to the historic fishing village, Murrell Inlet.  This quaint little town is widely known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.”  As seafood lovers, it was obviously we have to try it out.  We stopped at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen.  It was highly recommended by a fellow traveler.  Lee’s is the only one of the original Murrell Inlet restaurants still operated by the original family!  How impressive!  Lighted up neon signs and dated memorabilia decorated the entrance.  Our hostess showed us to our seats across from the bar.  At a quarter to 5pm, nearly every table was occupied.  We might found a hidden gem!  Between us, we ordered a broiled flounder, a bowl of red clam chowder and a fried soft shell crab.  Everything was fresh.  Actually we were a bit shocked to see the whole crab stayed in tacted.  The whole crab is edible.  Bubble found his favorite method of cooking crabs.  No more prying meat from its sharp, thick shell.  It was definitely a cholesterol buster, but worth a try!  Our meal also came with a generous portion of hush puppies. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

After all that food, the half mile long Marsh Walk is exactly what we needed.  The wooden pier extended far into the waters overlooking the inlet.  We stood a while to take in the sights of the natural wonders.

Along the boardwalk, vendors set up tables to sell various handmade goods.  A guy sat painting large poster of creative sea life.  Another guy showed how to turn clay into beautiful ceramics cups.  How talented!

I must admit Myrtle Beach has plenty to offer beside the coastline.  Bubble and I very much enjoyed our days exploring the lesser known attractions.   My relationship with Myrtle is yet to be over… In fact, we already have a list of new attractions to visit next time we are in town.


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