Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Myrtle Beach Diaries - Day 5-6: Dining Inside Crustaceus Maximus.

Wednesday was a day of fun and relaxing.  While Zeke took his morning nap I did some more geocaching.

After lunch we all went to the beach.  This is not the first time Zeke has been in the ocean, but it was the first time he's been in the ocean at Myrtle Beach.  He "walked" with Daddy & Mommy, then sprinted/crawled the last 20ft to the waters edge.  He got to the point where the first wave splashed his hands and he stopped.  He played in the water for 10-15 minutes, then went off to play in the sand for the rest of the day (until nap time).  Zeke slept extra long so he was up for enjoying an evening of festivities.

For supper we ate at the Giant Crab.  It is a 170 item sea food buffet, in a building with a giant crab on top.  The crab is 36'x25' and weighs 4.5 tons.  It is the largest crab in the world (according to them).  The food was very good and I overdosed on crab legs.

After supper we headed to Barefoot Landing - an outdoor shopping center surrounding alligator infested  ponds - with the entire family to do some shopping.  A cute little area.  We stayed until 9pm - a time only really noteable as its 1.5hours passed Zekes bedtime, but he was well behaved until we got back to the condo.

On Thursday I abandoned the family and went 30 miles south on an adventure to Huntington Beach State Park to do some hiking (and caching, naturally).   The parks centerpiece is a large salt marsh where many birds, crabs, and alligators call home.  I went on a 3 mile hike along Sandpiper Trail, and then explored the marshland.  Once I finished my hike I wondered if there was any geocaches in the area.  Turns out I was standing on an earthcache.  I managed to grab 3 caches in the park, and 3 more on the way home.

Huntington Beach State Park is a very nice park and a great place to kill some time and soak in some coastal nature.  I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area and have a half day to kill.

That evening we went out as a family to the Golden Corral (it being a novelty for Canadians to have an all you can eat buffet that isn't chinese), and the we did some mini-golfing.  The Myrtle Beach area has many fantastic themed mini-golf courses, including the one we went to: Jungle Safari Golf.  We each played a round, with my sister getting the lowest score (35 on  a par 41 - not to shabby!)