Welcome to 2017 and the South Carolina edition of NewEnglandGardenAndThread. Sorry I couldn’t post photos of the recent winter storm, but we made sure to head out before it arrived. 🙂
We took three days to drive it, and I thought we were never going to make it through fellow blogger, Dan‘s, beautiful state of Connecticut. The traffic was like a very slow-moving parking lot.
We arrived last Thursday, pulled the drapes on the condo and were treated to this view of the Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet. Except for family and friends being absent, life doesn’t get much better than this in the winter. At least, I can take my blogging friends with me on this excursion. 🙂
In all fairness, I need to say that the Myrtle Beach area is geared for summer tourists. Picture miles and miles of strip malls, restaurants, and so many Dollar Stores and Walmarts that you start to wonder how they all stay open.
Road view = not so pretty, condo view = beautiful.
On Saturday, we were talking to a couple from upstate New York. They are scheduled to leave at the end of March when their condo fee goes from $1,000 a month to $2,300 a week. There is definitely a major difference in rental costs and populations based upon the season. Winter includes a lot of retirees and couples while the summer is populated with families with children.
I don’t know a lot about South Carolina yet except for one thing that has really touched us. My husband wears an Army Veteran cap a lot of the time, and we have had servers or cashiers in various places thank him for his service because they tend to be up close and personal and notice the cap.
Here in South Carolina, it has been different. The number of people who have gone out of their way to say thank you for your service has overwhelmed us. There was a wonderful cashier who shared service info, a server in a restaurant, a couple of people walking by, a little girl about seven years of age who came over from her table to ours to thank him, and yesterday a young woman in a parking lot came over to our car to thank him.
What does that tell us Granite Staters about South Carolina? I think we could start by saying they are hospitable and definitely value those who defend our Country.
We have a long list of places to go and see thanks to all of your suggestions on a previous post and will report back on our travels.
One of our goals on the way down was to stop at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia. Check back for Thursday Doors direct from the Salvage Dawgs. 🙂
Right now I’m headed to the balcony with my coffee cup in hand to enjoy the 70 degree temperature and the pounding of the surf. The camera is on the tripod, the battery is charged, and I’m a happy woman. Hubby is happy too because he’s off to the golf course today to try out his new golf clubs.
Best wishes as we head into the first week of 2017. Anything special on your calendar?