I have not been one to follow the crowd down to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break until this year. My son’s friend’s family invited him on vacation with them (also to Myrtle Beach), so it was my youngest daughter, boyfriend, and me. This wasn’t one of those vacations that was all planned out months in advance, but all went smooth. As I’m a teacher I receive breaks throughout the school year and need to start taking advantage of the opportunity to travel more.
We looked around at options and Myrtle Beach was close enough to drive, affordable, and the weather would provide us with plenty of vitamin d and sea that we have been quite deficient in. We decided that we wanted to find a resort with a lake-front view, be close to the boardwalk (but far enough away from the noise), and we wanted a resort that included breakfast. We found all of that and had a wonderful time! We decided to drive an additional two hours for one of the days to spend time touring Charleston which was another pleasant adventure!
Myrtle Beach is a 13 hour drive from Rochester, New York…we stocked up on snacks and drinks and left when the school bell rang!
Top 10 Favs:
- Sunrise: Every morning we set the alarm, so we could watch the sunrise…this was probably one of my most favorite moments on our trip! Each morning the glow was different, yet still mesmerizing.
- Pleasant surprises…jellyfish, seashells, and shark teeth…Ohh…my! Walking the shoreline we stumbled on a variety of washed up treasures.
- Food, food, and more food (more food pics coming…my phone broke and all the food pics are on it)
- Brookgreen Gardens (Former Rice Plantation) I teach African American Literature, so touring a former plantation was something that was on my “must do” list. We learned quite a bit about rice plantations as this was an area I didn’t know much about. I’m still struggling with some emotions and thoughts from our tour.
- Charleston & Magnolia Plantation Another former rice plantation we toured…there really are no words I can type to properly describe my experience…
- Animals/Wildlife No matter where we are, when we see animals we are interested…isn’t everyone? We saw a bird fight on one of the plantations, which ironically one was white and the other was black…just after they fought a peacock opened up to show its beauty off. Whether it was an otter scratching its back, a fox in a tree, an alligator sneaking up on us, or a snake crossing our path we were in awe!
- Boogie Boarding I prefer to lay on the beach and soak up the rays and dip in once in a while, but Craig and McKinley are like fish when it comes to swimming. They were in the water for hours boogie boarding and I enjoyed capturing them riding the waves.
- Boardwalk Such fun we had on the boardwalk! Shopping, eating, shopping, snapping pictures, talking to people, the Sky Wheel, and the arcade! Tip: Even if the morning starts out chilly, don’t wear pants to the boardwalk…it will warm up.
- Arcade: I’m not one to play arcade games, but Craig and McKinley had a ball…they hit the jackpot a few times and tickets were everywhere!
- Ocean Being mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean or just listening to it while in bed was one of the best parts of the trip!
I thought this vacation would satisfy my wanderlust cravings, but they have intensified! Suggestions where I should travel next?
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Whoa! Sixteen days since my last post…I am slacking! I was doing well with my posts and then my computer just. stopped. working. I thought it just needed a new battery, but nope it was dead. RIP Asus! Unfortunately I did not have an external hard drive to back up all of my work and pictures…lesson learned! The positive is that I can still retrieve my data off of the laptop, but the past couple weeks have been difficult without my files, photos or the use of my laptop.
Then…a surprise came my way.
My thoughtful boyfriend knows how much I use my laptop and ran around on his day off to find the perfect one for me…this was definitely a surprise! He has not been able to surprise me at all, but this time he did! Never imagined he would buy me a laptop! To top it off he gave me a pair of wireless earbuds because I made a comment how they would be nice to use while working out. I’m one lucky lady!!
Divorce: On another note…I received the paperwork back stating my ex was served, BUT they left out the one important detail…they never wrote on it that the “amended complaint” was served. Incredibly frustrating because I called the prison ahead of time to make sure they wrote it on there and put a note in with the document when I sent it. Not to mention this is the third time I sent the paperwork to be served! Holy frustrating! I called this morning to see if they can simply resend the document and write “amended complaint” on it, and they are going to call me back. They have one more hour, and then I’m going to call them back. *insert hour time laps here* I called and they said they were still looking for the file and will call me back. *insert another time laps here* They called me back and asked that I resend the paper…they do not have internet access to print another form out. I’m remaining calm and friendly on the phone through all of this because I know it isn’t their fault, but they don’t know how all of these little mistakes have added up to prolong this divorce! *insert yet another time laps here* Paperwork was filed and submitted to the court on Friday. Now I’m hoping Gangarosa doesn’t find another list of things he wants done before moving forward…this should not be that difficult! Now I’ll be stalking the mailbox as I wait!
I do believe this is the last time I will have to submit them…as I left the court building…a building I have spent way too much time in, I looked out and took in the view and began to tear up. Along the road I’ve taken I noticed something for the first time…a bridge…why it brought me such peace I’m not sure. It isn’t a newly built bridge, but I’ve never really noticed that you could see it from the court building until that day. Earlier in the week I had been on a walk where I took photos of it.
Did I mention it’s the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge–ahhh…the symbolism!
Since it has been sixteen days since my last post I’ll leave you with sixteen pictures…
This past year while on a hike through Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, New York the beauty of this butterfly caught our eye from a distance. As we approached it was apparent that it was determined to free itself from the firm grip of the mud. Observing for a bit as the clutch of the mud restrained it we cheered for it to break free—a few times it fluttered, but was unable to pull itself from the unyielding hold.
This butterfly is symbolic of struggles we often face in life…feeling as if life has a firm grip and as we fight to break free we become even more trapped.
We all have a story where we have been resilient in our life. Share in a comment: What is your story? How did you rise above? What would you have done if you encountered this butterfly?
The Daily Post Photo Challenge
A Door to Knowledge
I have been stumbling on more and more of these lately…every time I see one it puts a smile on my face. This one is in the city of Rochester in my grandfather’s neighborhood. A Little Free Library is at the top of my Christmas list!! They are filled with books, and you and give/take a book for free…love love love!
For more info about the little free library click here
(quick 10 minute photo shoot in the yard)