Carolina on my mind.
I’m back! Did you miss me? Hope so ; )
Dennis and I spent the last 5 days in Myrtle Beach, SC, and it was simply wonderful.
I walked on the beach, played bocce ball with my love in the sand (oh, I love him SO much), went on a pontoon boat tour of a swampy, rice plantation, ate fresh veggies at a Brazilian restaurant (while Dennis ate the various meats served on long, sharp swords by men in big, black boots), slept in the sun, chugged half of Dennis’ beer on a dare, walked half an hour each way every morning to the gym, walked on the beach in a thrilling thunderstorm, and daydreamed.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
I was so busy enjoying myself that I only snapped pictures of this pretty garden we visited. It was called Brookgreen Gardens and such fun. I’m still not so sure how I talked Dennis into going (it must have been my good, ol’ charm), but we both had a great time.
(Reminds me of the flowers from the animated version of Alice in Wonderland.)
(Elegant statue on a pretty pond.)
(Vibrant and lovely.)
(I want to climb this tree and nestle myself between its branches and read until the moon is above me.)
(Dennis said he would wrestle an alligator for me, but this man was the only one who came through.)
(Swoon. It’s like they came right out of one of Monet’s paintings.)
If you ever have the chance to go to Brookgreen, here are some words of advice: the map they give you is not to scale. We found ourselves on several unknown paths because of said fact. It was hilarious and annoying all at once. Also, make sure you bring some serious hiking gear if you want to go on the plantation tour like I did. They turned us down because we weren’t wearing hiking shoes or backpacks but, in all of the literature I read, the plantation tour sounded like a lovely stroll, not a serious adventure. Next time, I guess.
In addition to our time spent at Brookgreen, we ate very, very well. I think Dennis had a bit more fun in this department than me, but I still had some delicious meals. As I mentioned, the fresh veggies from Rioz, a Brazilian restaurant, were fabulous. I ate plates of salad, roasted asparagus the size of my lower arm, a corn and edamame salad with raisins for a hint of sweetness, and bites of polenta and plantain.
I also dug into a yummy caesar salad with blackened, cajun chicken at the Key West Grill. It was some of the best chicken I’ve tasted.
And the majority of my other meals were spent at buffets or wing joints for Dennis . Although not my first picks, I was always able to find something slightly healthy and not deep fried in oil (salads, chicken sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, hummus plates).
I was also able to bring home a few goodies you’ll see within the next few days. Stay tuned, my friends.
Well, of course, with any good vacation, I have a ton of stuff to catch up on now. So it goes.