On of the things I enjoyed most was seeing the Atlantic Ocean! The coast line here is very different than in San Diego and I enjoyed that difference very much. Actually, I lived on the East Coast when I was very young but remember very little about it and nothing about the ocean.
It was quite interesting to see the Atlantic Ocean and though water is water, the look of the coastline is somehow unique in it's own right. Something that really impressed me. Those staggered wooden barriers are something that is not usually seen at any beaches at home. Even the sand looked different. Something like I've seen in the movies.
We were on our way out to do a bit of sight seeing and had to make this stop at the mail boxes.
One of the most important duties of separated lovers is checking the mail. On this day a long awaited letter did arrive.
Know that Myrtle Beach is a military town. Most cities in the USA, where a military base is located, is tremendously impacted by that presence, much as it would be by hosting a university.
Many young people to accommodate and entertain. Myrtle Beach coast line is very popular during the summer months, there are plenty of night clubs for gathering and meeting new friends, and of course nice hotels and restaurants for visitors.
Fondest memory: Driving down the road in Myrtle Beach and seeing this sign.
This sign was commissioned by the people of Myrtle Beach to show Surpport for the Airmen from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base who had been ordered to Saudi Arabia. It still touches me to read this.
Favorite thing: After finishing Peach Picking at York we proceeded to visit Charleston. Visitor Center there is so big compared to all that I have seen anywhere. We went on the horse (Mule) drawn carriage and enjoyed the streets with Palm trees, lovely houses (banglows) with gardens and rare trees (Banana etc) that I have seen in India or Europe earlier. Market street was compact and with lot of collections and things to buy. We enjoyed the Isle of Palm beach too. We wanted to visit an acre width tree (Angel Oak tree) but did not go due to lack of time. We looked at the USS warship enroute to Isle of palms. It was a nice trip. Fuel prices also seem to be atleast 25 cents less per gallon compared to Charlotte.
My son and two grandchildren live in Summerville, SC. So I visit there fairly often.
Pages I've made of major places in South Carolina (in alphabetical order) (first number tips, second photos and third travelogues
One of our favorite places is:
Beaufort 8 24 2
Charleston 9 28 2
Georgetown SC 14 30 2
Hilton Head Island 3 14 1
Isle of Palms 7 30 3
Mount Pleasant SC 9 46 4
Murrells Inlet (Brookgreen Gardens) 5 29 3
North Myrtle Beach SC 3 27 3
Sullivans Island SC 5 17 2
Fondest memory: Less traveled locations (where I have the only pages) are at:
Bucksport 1 12 1
Datha (Dataw) Island 3 6 0
Fort Moultrie (under construction 0 3 0
Fort Sumter National Monument, SC 2 20 2
James Island 1 10 1
Johns Island 4 23 4
Little River 3 6 0
McClellanville 4 15 1
Moores Landing 1 3 0
Skimmer Bay (Barefoot Landing) 9 36 3
Socastee 4 31 3
USS Yorktown State Park 5 8 0
Whooping Island 2 5 0
When South Carolina seceded from the Union, the palmetto tree was added to the state flag. The palmetto tree was chosen because this tree had helped South Carolinians defeat the British during the Revolutionary War. The South Carolinians basically made a fort out of palmetto wood, which caused British cannonballs to bounce off of it. (Basically, I guess the Palmetto is a symbol of strength for South Carolina).
All I can say, is that it may be short and sweet, but the Palmetto is indeed very beautiful!
The South Carolina state flag is a reminder of the part South Carolina played in the American Revolution. In 1775, Col. William Moultrie was asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops. He chose a blue which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps.
Almost 100 years later, South Carolina seceded from the Union it had fought to create. A new banner was designed to fly above the newly formed nation. At that time a Palmetto Tree was added and centered on the blue field. The Palmetto, the South Carolina State Tree, had been attributed as instrumental in Colonel Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island against an attack by British warships in June, 1776. Cannonballs fired at the fort from the British ships could not destroy the walls of the fort which were built of Palmetto logs. Instead, the cannonballs simply sank into the soft, tough Palmetto wood.
The flag that flies over the state of South Carolina today is of the same design that flew over the independent South Carolina during the Civil War.
The Sable Palmetto, a type of Palm, is South Carolina's official State Tree. Palmettos grow abundantly along South Carolina's coast and have been transplanted into the state's central piedmont. However, it is too cold for them to thrive at the higher elevations of South Carolina's mountains.
The Palmetto also appears on the South Carolina State Seal and in the salute to the flag of South Carolina written in 1950 by Mrs. John Raymond Carson and adopted by the General Assembly in 1966: "I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith."
South Carolina's nickname is "The Palmetto State." The Palmetto is rooted in historical significance dating back to the Revolutionary War. On June 28, 1776, the British fleet's attack on Sullivan's Island was repulsed. The palmetto-log fort, under Colonel William Moultrie, withstood the barrage of British cannons until the fleet retreated. The Sabal Palmetto (Inodes Palmetto), commonly referred to as the Cabbage Palmetto, was added to the "National" flag of South Carolina, after it seceded from the Union in 1861. After the Civil War, the Palmetto became a part of the South Carolina state flag.
Fondest memory: I have great memories of camping beneath the palmettos at Hunting Island State Park on South Carolina's Atlantic coast. I loved hanging my hammock between two swaying Palmettos, and also arising before sunrise to take photos of the sun coming up over the ocean, framed by Palmetto trees.
At each of the 8 interstate highway entrances to South Carolina, coming from either Georgia or North Carolina, you will find a modern South Carolina Welcome Center. There is another one at Santee, in the center of the state near where I-95 and I-24 intersect.
This is the best place to get free maps, brochures and even discount coupons for attractions and lodging. The centers are open daily, there is no charge, and the staff of "certified travel counselors" are friendly and helpful. You will also find restrooms, telephones, a mail drop and perhaps a spot for a picnic lunch.
A list of all 9 Welcome Centers and other helpful South Carolina travel information can be found by clicking the link below.
South Carolina Welcome Centers
I normally have sunsets on my pages, but in this case, the sunrise over the Atlantic was too beautiful to ignore!
The beautiful difference between sunsets on the West Coat, and sunrises on the East Coast, is the fact that on the West Coast, the sun goes down, everyone is out and about. On the East Coast, most people are still asleep, the sun rises, all is quiet......!
The Myrtle Beach Pavilion has attracted many people from all over the US and the World. Constructed in 1948, it primarly was used for dancing, and eventually became an arcade and the center of entertainment for all ages. An amusement park complete with a haunted house, Gravitron, and roller-coasters was built across the street for even more amusements. I went here both as a child, all the way until college, and the memories of cold drinks, hot sidewalks, and beautiful girls flowed all through my mind.
Unfortunately, the owners/developers of this pristine and historical piece of nostalgia have decided to tear it down and build high-rise condominiums and other resorts in place. Despite over thousands of petition signers, the company has yet to be swayed in it's decision.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy the Pavilion one last time. This is the last year the Pavilion will be in operation, and I am both thankful and privledged to have had the opportunity to take one last walk down memory lane.
The Palmetto tree is the official state tree of SC. (This is the tree on the state flag.) The Palmetto is so important because the tree helped the SC troops defeat the British during a battle at Sullivan's Island during the Revolutionary War, by absorbing British cannon fire into it's soft wood.
The trees are found anywhere from South Carolina to Florida on the coastline. These trees start out short, and the leaf base stays on the trees. But eventually, the leaf bases usually come off of the tree, giving it a long, smooth trunk. The trees also bear seed-fruits that can actually be eaten. (If you're brave.) :-)
The state flag of South Carolina was officially adopted in 1861. It has a white crescent moon and a white palmetto tree on a blue ground. Three white crescent moons (on a blue background) were first used on a South Carolina banner protesting the Stamp Act in 1765. In 1775, Colonel William Moultrie designed a banner for South Carolina troops; it had a white crescent moon on a blue field. When South Carolina seceded from the Union, the palmetto tree was added to the flag. The palmetto tree was chosen because this tree had helped South Carolinians defeat the British in a battle at Sullivan's Island (during the Revolutionary War). The South Carolinians built a fort out of palmetto wood, and when the British fired cannonballs at the fort, instead of knocking the fort down, the soft palmetto wood just absorbed the cannonballs. It is one of my favorite of the state flags.
Fondest memory: I lived in Charleston and Florence when I was very young. I don't remember much about it, except I was named after a river there.
Favorite thing: For the person who just can't drag them selves away from their leashes, hunt for one of these internet cafe's. Check the local listing for a location near you. Price isn't to bad if you really need to stay hooked in.
Favorite thing: There is just some thing about the south and Spanish Moss, it adds such old world feeling to the landscape. Love the way it drapes off the trees. It reminds me of Savannah GA., maybe because it only a 1/2 hour or so away, take 278 to I95 and go down a few exits.
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