Tuesday, July 2, 2013
It's raining, it's pouring...
So it's the morning of day 3 in Myrtle Beach and it's been rainy most of the time. We've totally been okay with it, and it's given us an excuse to check out other things we might not have had as much time for if we were beach-bound every day. Here's a recap of the last few days:
After dinner, we came back to the house and a bunch of family friends from down here came over to visit/meet us. One couple we know because they are from NY and have been friends with Mom & Dad R for many years. Some of their family was visiting, along with another neighbor couple and their family who was visiting.
*Monday: we were up super early (6:30/7am just because that's been our thing for some weird reason lately). We watched TV and hung out until everyone was awake, then went for a walk around the development. It was more of a lazy/slow-moving day, so later in the afternoon, Scott, Mom R, and I went to check out Broadway at the Beach and had lunch at the Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery. They brew their own beers there, Scott loves to try craft beers, and he got a sampler. They had fried pickles (which I totally LOVE), so of course that was on our table too, along with a nice southern pulled sandwich.
Scott and his beer sampler.
Fried pickle deliciousness!!
After lunch, we walked around to browse in some of the shops (SOO much to do here! If you've ever been to Disney or Universal, it's like Downtown Disney/City Walk on steroids!). There's so many shops, restaurants, and attractions here, you could go every day and see something new (which we just might do bc it's only 10 mins away).
We stopped in at a candy store that had almost every kind you could ever imagine; candy-themed Chapstick, clothing, accessories, GIANT candy, and more. Crazyness!! You could be on a sugar high just walking through!
The stores here are really cool- lots of souvenir gift shops with lots of fun, unique things, fun beach signs, Myrtle Beach gifts, etc. Just pure fun to walk around and relax. Here are some fun things I snapped pics of while there...
My motto sometimes ;)
We headed back to the house for a bit and then I had made plans to meet up with some friends from home (Marisol & Gina) who happened to be down here at the same time! Marisol is one of my fav instructors from home and Gina and I met through going to Zumba and yoga classes. Marisol had looked up local Zumba classes and found a really cute dance studio near where they were staying, so Mom R and I went to meet up with them at a class. It was only $6 ($8-10 at home, so that's cool) and the class was GREAT! The instructor was very easy to follow and had very similar moves/music style as the girls at home. So we all stood in the back and had a blast! The instructor was 6 months pregnant too, but was so cute and it was fun.
*Tuesday: we went back to Broadway at the Beach to go to Wonderworks when it opened. Wonderworks is an interactive hands-on science museum-type place. Great for families, kids, and big kids like us. We got there right when it opened so we could avoid the crowds, so it was nice having reign of the place. Somehow we managed to completely bypass a whole section of activities without realizing til last night when we were asked about certain activities (woops!). Ah well- we still did some of the major things:
We actually were done with Wonderworks in an hour (again, skipping some things accidentally), and then browsed around in some more fun shops.
We went out to dinner with Mom & Dad R to a seafood buffet called Captain George's (thanks to Melissa & Cara for the suggestion!). It's a more expensive buffet but had higher quality seafood than the smaller chain places I guess. The place was giant and the hostess told Scott it had 700 tables!!!! Wow!!! It was a really cute atmosphere inside too- all the food station tables were made to look like ships. I was in love with the mini clams/steamers cooked in wine, and probably had about 50- no joke! Most places I get them, it's hard to find the meat in most shells and you end up with a plate of 20 shells and only about half have something in it, but every single one was filled. And they were delicious! Drizzle some lemon and butter overtop- yum!!
So, we've managed to get a lot done despite the weather!! Goes to show how much fun you can still have on a rainy vacation! :)
Today, we'll see how the weather holds and MAYBE venture to the pool if it looks like we can get there between rain spurts, and then head back to Broadway at the Beach. Tonight we have tickets for a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game. It's a local team, similar to the Hudson Valley Renegades back home. If the weather holds off, it should be a fun night!