We originally were headed to Pigeon Forge. We had reservations and everything. Then at the last minute, after several previous attempts a spot opened up at Ocean Lakes Family Campground for the dates we were to be on vacation. Better yet, it wasn’t just any old spot it happened to be our very favorite spot in the whole park. So we booked it and headed to the BEACH!
The plan was to take a couple of days to get there but with all the excitement we arrived a day early. We knew our site was not available so we checked into another one. Our site had an empty trailer sitting on it. The owners must have gone home already. Their RV was stored at the park between visits so we just needed to wait until the park trailer towing guys showed up to move it out of our way.
We kept a close watch and bright & early the next morning we noticed the trailer getting towed away. So we gathered up our stuff and jumped onto our new site. We just totally love the beach here with the gentle breeze and sounds of the waves coming in from the ocean.
During any one of our several walks down the beach, we would encounter seashells, jellyfish, pelicans, kids building sand castles, people sunbathing, kite flying, football tossing and picnics. On one occasion we discovered baby turtles fleeing from the sea (I believe that the rain the previous night caused the inland ponds to overfill and the storm drains washed the turtles out to sea). They were now just trying to get home.
Ocean Lakes is adding a new two-acre water park to its Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center this year. It will open sometime this spring. The new water park will feature a 705 foot long “Adventure River at Sandy Harbor.” The hybrid lazy river features a speed lane called “The Rapids” and a slide known as “The Tube” which lands in the Adventure River. The 28,110 square feet of water surface in the park will also include a new kid-themed “Splash Zone,” a semi-covered kiddie pool called the “Tad Pool,” and a four-lane “Drop Zone Mat Racer” that will begin 35 feet up in the air. The lounge area will also be expanded to 61,232 square feet of pool deck, complete with cabanas.
This trip we decided to rent a golf cart. This proved to be a great way to get out and meet new friends. We met a guy who had worked for Kodak that was stopping here on his way home to New York. The day that we had to return our golf cart we ran into another couple from New York and started chatting. We had a lot in common with them. The next day they rented a golf cart and ran into us at our site. The day we left we ran into them again on the drive home.
We had a very nice chat with a guy from Ohio that owned a Jayco just like ours. He shared with us all the modifications he had done to his rig. We even had a woman down the street offer us brownies that she had just made in the oven in the kitchen of her brand new RV (Terri said afterwards “I didn’t know RV’s even had ovens, isn’t that the place where we keep our bread?.. LOL)
We enjoyed several great meals during our stay in Myrtle Beach. We ate at Angelo’s, Dagwood’s, Eggs Up Grill, Bullys Pub, Nacho Hippo, Creek Rats, Carolina Roadhouse, Meet N Eat Cafe and The Original Benjamin’s.
We discovered a NEW favorite this year, Simply Southern Smokehouse. Simply Southern offers: Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Ribs, Barbecue Chicken, Chicken and Dumplings, Sweet Potatoes, Rice/Gravy, Macaroni and cheese, Collards, Biscuits/Cornbread, Peach Cobbler, Banana Pudding and Ice cream just to name a few. It is the best deal on home cooked southern favorites you can find anywhere. I like to tell people that this place fills me with “Smoky Goodness”.
The one thing we could have done without during our stay at Ocean Lakes was the Ducks. We were told that the people who occupied our site before us fed them cracked corn. Now that we moved in we could not get rid of them. They are messy little creatures and boy are they noisy. We had the pleasure of getting to hear them quack all day and all night. The only thing louder than the ducks were the drunk karaoke singers from the Quarterdeck Beach Bar next door to us. On one occasion while the ducks were on our lawn sunbathing we had a couple on a golf cart stop to ask if I had painted them myself. I just replied ” yes and you are welcome to take as many as you would like, they’re free”.