Papa’s World – First walk to the beach!

On our way to discover the path to the beach –

I stopped us to talk to a lady walking her dog.

We found out she also was from NVA and had just bought a condo there!

She gave us information on golf carts – and the sales office.

Seems – property is sold first inside the development

and rarely listed outside to the public!

Looking back toward our condo – it is a straight walk mostly once we get to this street

And then you turn around and look straight

and that is the parking lot and entrance to the beach!

After you leave the street and walk thru the parking lot – pathway to the beach and ocean

Point 66 mile walk and you are standing here

about ready to go to the water!

The beach is very wide even at high tide!

This is looking North.

Looking South toward Myrtle beach some 10 or so miles away.
The beach entrance from the parking lot
Sherry going to touch the water – it was 75 degrees – as warm as the air.

Instead of going back the way we came

We decided to walk South along the beach

and come out on the road that runs into the shopping area!

About here is where we came off the beach

and were able to find shops that had buy one

get the second one half price!

So – we bought two light weight beach chairs

that had straps so we could carry on our backs

to make the walk to the beach easy

and still have arms free to bring whatever we needed!

Once back “home” at the condo

it was time to fix dinner – and have some cocktails on the lanai!

Yes – I set up a bar for special occasions

We have explored everyday

living the life so to speak

Setting the table with our view

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Papa’s World – Boardwalk – Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We decided to take a little side trip on our way to Costco!

Since neither one of ever remembered going to the Boardwalk

on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach –

We thought we would take our time

and follow the beach road from North Myrtle Beach

all the way down to the Boardwalk!

It had been almost 25 years since we vacationed in North Myrtle Beach

and – we were not disappointed!

We parked half way in between the two piers.

And then we walked toward the Northern Pier!

We entered the doors and went out to the open pier

where the fishermen were and the other tourist.

We had walked by numerous shops – places to eat –

a large volleyball complex with multiple courts

and a sand volleyball game going on –

two on two!

The boardwalk continued beyond that pier

but – we decided to return from our starting point

and then walk South to the other pier

about a mile distance between the two.

The southern pier in the distance

The walk back to where we parked the car

was on the boardwalk

but it changed to a paved walk – wide – and lined on both sides

with bushes – plam trees and shade and flowers.

It was not straight but wound from side to side

with benches in the shade.

Places to see and observe the beach
The beach of white soft sand

We decided once we got to the second pier

we would look for a place to grab a late lunch

before we continued on our way to Costco.

We found that place by the pier itself –

actually looked like it was part of the pier

called “WICKED TUNA”

where we made our way to the top and had a great view of the pier

and the beach in both directions!

We had a great lunch sharing some appetizers.

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Sherry and I sitting at the WICKED TUNA

We continued onto Costco – and vowed that when we have to make that trip again – we would include the Boardwalk and this place to sit and have lunch!

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Papa’s World – The FIRST of many days to come!

As we have already begun our seventh decade

We have set out once again on a new chapter of our lives.

We have been together since mid 1980

and married mid 1982!

That my friends is a lasting friendship!

For she is my best friend and partner.

We arrived to this view for the next five months.

The Atlantic Ocean is .66 miles away in Myrtle Beach – North!

Just beyond the horizon you see here.

We already have been there twice in three days

and have walked the shortest route.

Here is the view from the lanai back into the living room –

dining area and kitchen.

With two bedrooms and bathroom out of sight beyond the kitchen.

The lanai is over 200 SF

and the rest of the condo is 1200 plus SF.

We have all we need – and two elevators right outside our door

We are in the top unit – no one above us

and as far as I can tell – the unit below is empty!

Guest bedroom number one –

Two twin beds and share a bathroom with the other guest bedroom!

I have been using that shower as it is a walk in!

And as you can see – the golf clubs –

they are the occupying ones in that room for now!

We do have a bar set up –

both coffee and cocktails on the lanai

and for future guests!

Guest bedroom number two

Queen size bed –

I actually like this bedroom

and if it had a king size bed

would of considered it the master

as it seems larger!

She now has her printer set up in there and her files!

She is able to take her internet business

anywhere we go!

The master – king bed with a view –

sliding door right out to the lanai!

Our own master bath and walk in closet!

Right off the living room

and comfortable bed!

Our new chapter has started

page after page

we have already eliminated areas and places.

We venture out to explore

we know our limits and expectations.

And we are having fun doing it!

The first of many dinners on the lanai.

Our first candle and cocktails!

The first sunrise over the pond.

The first night with the moon rising over the pond.

The first of many days to come!

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Papa’s World – a cool early morning walk on the beach!

There are times that we walk early – before 7 AM.

It is a quiet time to walk –

a time to just take it take in!

Life comes at you and never stops!

You and me are just along for the ride.

We can make the most of it

and when we get off

our legacy can continue to the next generations

hoping we made a lasting impression

in that all to be short ride!

How many have stood here before you?

How many have viewed the view?

Walking – thinking – talking together!

Early morning to clear out the mind –

A time to reflect – to plan.

A time to see what lies ahead

knowing that this will be here tomorrow

and the day after that many – many times!

Yes – walking early – hearing the sound of the surf –

the warm feeling of the Sun on your back or face.

A walk on the beach – a walk through time – a time to reflect

Walking – listening – solitude – but being together – sharing moments and thoughts -for it is here that ideas are formed – problems solved.

AN EARLY MORNING WALK ON THE BEACH!

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Papa’s World – looking out to the lake from inside the condo – Lanai!

When I first saw this Condo by accident on the internet –

I was drawn to the view!

I said to Sherry – “How would you like to look at this everyday”?

That is the moment we decided to make our home for five months

in North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We had never had a thought to come here!

Every morning as I sit and work on my blog –

as it gets lighter outside –

I glance to my left and see this!

The early morning sunrise right outside the two sliding doors

off the living room.

And – in the master bedroom – through the sliding door

she also has this same view as the Lanai is screened in

and we are the top condo in a four story building

with two elevators twenty feet from our front door!

We can sit out on the Lanai or from the couches in the living room!

This lake is 1/2 mile long and is full of water fowl!

My office for my blog!

I can sit and watch it all unfold before my very eyes!

We have extended our stay – from the two months to five months.

And – maybe even longer!

As of now – we are looking at places to rent or buy or build!

We love living here – but there are two major drawbacks.

One – we need more storage if we were to move here.

Two – we need a garage for our car –

the hot sun down here can do a number on it!

Everyday we walk by this – still inside the gated community!

There are six different pools here and we can use them all.

There are work out areas with weighted machines

and exercise equipment for our use.

And in 6/10’s of a mile- we are on the beach!

Our beach access point

We walk to the beach almost every day

and then we walk on the beach

to get our three plus miles in!

We can hear the surf – from our Lanai!

We have searched this area –

but very little compares to this!

We are just going to enjoy what time we have left here in Ocean Keyes

North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

Looking to the outside from the inside of our Condo!

Walking from the condo to the beach

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Papa’s World – Cherry Grove and fishing!

Just a short drive North up from North Myrtle Beach is Cherry Grove.

A quaint mostly residential area with well kept houses.

And lots of canals running vertical to the beach.

The area has a big parking lot for boats and trailers

and a ramp into the water – with a long running fishing dock

many fishermen and people putting in their boats or skiffs.

The mainland side is tall reeds

and the bank is a golf course.

The boat ramp
A small part of the fishing docks
The waterway – reeds – skiffs – and mainland
The golf course on the main land!

We walked around but had to be careful

all the people casting their lines

little boys practicing casting

It was fun to watch.

A look North along the waters edge – homes lining the channel

These homes were in the high HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS!

Everything I could see – even the older cottages

were very well kept!

Neat – painted – no trash around –

Bright colors – and very small hot tub like pools!

The drive down and back was at a slow 20 MPH pace.

Which gave us time to look and see the different houses.

Sherry walking across the parking lot to the boat ramp
Part of the boat ramp

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Papa’s World – Morning begins our day out to Barefoot Landing!

Waking up everyday to a sunrise!

We do plan some days ahead –

mostly – we walk in the mornings

usually around 9 am.

Other days it is errands to run – houses to see

areas to explore –

and a trip down the street

to BAREFOOT LANDING in North Myrtle Beach!

Now – to get our STEPS in

we go here and walk around.

It is peaceful – not crowded

and you walk around the lake

and among the stores.

We wear our masks when it gets crowded

We also have had lunch here.

And it is maybe 5 or 6 miles away.

There is construction going on for a new brewery

and it looks to be really huge!

But in the mean time – they have set up a small park like area.

With tables – artificial lawn – stringed lights

a playground for kids

and a small tear drop trailer that is converted into a kitchen!

It is called Crooked Hammock Brewery!

I had one of them from a small TIKI LIKE HUT

next to the tear drop trailer.

It was what I wanted – not too heavy

and a hint of coconut aftertaste.

Now that may not sound good to you

but I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

I do not like IPA’s or heavy beer.

While sitting there at a long table all by ourselves

a table that could easily seat 10 or 12 people.

I noticed another couple with masks on purchase a couple beers

in cans from the brewery.

They had no where to sit

so I invited them to sit at the other end of our long table.

We carried on a conversation and found out at one time they had lived near us in Northern Va.

They had done the same as us and had purchased a condo

overlooking the marina – where we had previously

had dinner with the McBrides and Sherry’s sister

at a place called CLARK’S!

We had met another couple – exchanged address’s

and phone numbers –

we had made new friends simply by offering a seat for them.

You never know as your day starts what will transpire.

What began with a brand new sunrise

turned into a fine day of walking – meeting new friends

and discovering a new brewery.

Life is good and getting better!

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Papa’s World – Living a dream – Ocean Keyes – South Carolina!

The back ocean side entrance to Ocean Keyes!

It was by accident that I found this place while searching for a place to live after selling our house!

I came across a picture of the view from the Lanai and we fell in love with it!

This is situated in North Myrtle Beach and we had no thought of coming here!

The plan was to find a home to buy or a lease –

planning on only being here for five months!

But – after searching and searching and visiting numerous homes – condo’s

And the housing market going up every day- it became apparent to us –

that maybe the best way was to find a model and build it our way!

Where we are staying is the building at the very beginning of the small lake – top floor – four stories -middle!

We found that we could build for almost the same price that we would buy –

and not have to do any renovations!

So – we extended our stay here until the end of June!

And hope that our build out of four to six months

would allow us time to enjoy what we have here!

From our condo – is 6/10 of a mile and we are standing on the beach!
There are six pools here – a tennis – pickle ball court – a work out gym and a community center!

We walk the road every day past the pool straight to the beach entrance.

Cross two roads and are in the parking lot of Avenue six beach entrance!

Standing on the beach after a 12 minute walk!
Early morning view from our Lanai – with views from both the master bedroom and the living room!

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Papa’s World – One final beach walk with friends!

Dottie Sherry Jim

They were leaving mid morning for their trip back to Va. Beach

where they have lived for a number of years.

Our other friends – who live 50 miles away

had gone home the night before

as appointments awaited them in the morning.

We have been getting together for the past 25 years

when we all moved away

having been friends prior to that for at least 10 years.

The beach – as it always has – called us to walk one final time!

Jimmy

For years and years we took beach vacations together

raising our families

Jim and I played softball together back in the late 70’s!

Now the little ones are all grown up

and have little ones and big ones of their own

Grand children – the years have passed

but the love of the sand and surf remains!

Beach life – Boggie Boards – Wave riding with tubes – Sipping a favorite brew

all things we loved to do – but I no longer ride the waves –

I still sip a brew – and I still walk the surf!

One last walk on the beach – just as we have done countless times before.

Life has been good to all of us

we still get along and get together

friendships last and last!

Papa Jimmy Sherry Dottie

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Papa’s World – a visit on our way – Myrtle Beach Proper!

We decided to drive the beach road from North Myrtle Beach

all the way down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

We stopped – got out of the car – walked to the beach entrance!

All the way down – we passed house after house

residential living – vacation homes – second homes

beautiful beach front homes!

They look as if they have been here a long time.

I was told that because of the shape of the coast

a long half moon stretching from below Myrtle Beach

all the way North to Wilmington N.C.

Very few storms hit this part of the coast

instead are directed toward Wilmington!

It was a Sunday drive after church virtual service.

A quiet ride with no traffic and heading for Costco!

But – we had never seen the Boardwalk!

We decided to just take our time – explore a little

before going to the store.

Maybe have a light lunch

see the storied Myrtle Beach!

The residential before the boardwalk

I am glad we did this as it gave us a chance to see how people lived.

We have decided that in our future trips to Costco

we would always make this a part of the ritual

driving first to the boardwalk

walk the distance between the two piers

have lunch and enjoy without haste!

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