Papa’s World – “DUCK PROTECTION” Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach!

Almost everyday when we go for a walk to the beach – we pass this one house –

it sits exactly at the other end of our small lake – next to the gate –

and this area is where all the ducks – geese and swans hang out.

I did not notice the sign until maybe a month ago.

You see – there is a ton of really nice landscaping in and around this home.

Which sits right on the water with a extensive raised patio and surrounded by trees – bushes and flowers.

There is also a metal fence with a gate that is always open and concrete steps

that go right down and into the water.

THE DUCKS USE THESE STEPS TO ACCESS THE YARD AND PATIO!

The fence and sign bordering the property! LOL

It does not really have to be left open or even there – they fly over it!

They hang out in the yard and the people seem to love it!

Here they are perched on top of a sluice – next to the fence to the yard.

There are three white ducks that I call Huey – Dewy and Louie – who are there all the time.

They use the steps the most.

Then there are some really ugly looking ducks – with great big red things on their heads and brown and white.

They hang around in the yard and one time I seen one entering the open garage door!

Huey Duey Louie
This is the area they all hang out in.

There are dozens of water fowl here at any one time!

DUCK PATROL!

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Keeping watch on concrete steps in the upper left corner!

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Papa’s World – 2-25-21 – warm – sunshine – beach walk – people in the water!

Near the end of Feb. warm sunny day – people actually in the water!

I am loving this weather down here in S.C at North Myrtle Beach!

This day – it was between 70 and 75 degrees!

Sherry walking toward the surf – tide is going out – beach is getting wide!

Our life has changed – beach life has now become our norm!

The surf – sand and water – everyday – count our blessings!

We have always loved the ocean – sand – and warmth!

When our new house is finished – we are only 30 minutes away from this!

And – where our home is situated – 4 and 6 miles to two different beaches!

The sound of the surf when it is calm – the sun – and smell – draw us each day!

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Papa’s World – when friends John and Nancy visit – walk – cards – Rummikub!

The view they saw from the living room!

John and Nancy live in Charleston S.C

a little over two hours away.

We have known them for years as we all were members

of Community Lutheran Church back in Sterling Va.

They moved about six months before we did

and we visited them a year ago on our return trip from Florida.

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A couple months ago – we had met half way for lunch

in Georgetown S.C.

This time – we played cards – put a puzzle together – played Rummikub

and took a walk on the beach!

Along our walk – numerous ducks and waterfowl
And the white ducks sleeping and the Swans!

It was a delighful day and night and following day

With lunch in Calabash

and a trip to see our house being built!

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Nancy and Sherry on the Lanai!

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Papa’s World – walking the beach – no buildings here – just wide endless beach – Cherry Point!

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We decided for their last beach walk on a cold windy day –

to take them to the far end of Cherry Grove to a place the local’s call Cherry Point!

To get to the beach – you must park along the road and then walk through this covered path!

The path to the beach is overhanging tree limbs with lots of shrubs and bushes.

Once you walk through there – you are greeted to a wide expanse of beach to the left.

The right goes back toward the houses and pier.

The view to the left and almost low tide!

It was cold and windy – and we wanted to walk way out as it seemed at low tide you might be able to walk to the other shore.

Here you can see a few brave souls – walking – and the wind was really blowing!

Ella and Sarah – laughing and trying to stay warm in the blowing wind!

We walked maybe a half mile – and decided enough – it was just too cold and so windy!

One last picture with Ella – Debby Sherry and Sarah before heading back to the car.

I told Sherry – when it gets warmer and is low tide – we must come back and just see if we can walk across the bay!

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Papa’s World – a lunch trip to Local on the water with Debby and granddaughters!

Debby and Sherry at Local on the water. We like coming here in early afternoon as hardly anyone is around.

We seem to take all our guests here as it is social distancing and out in the open

We are right by the ICW and see the boat traffic.

Ella and Sarah on the swings – everyone loves the swings.

This place has two stages for bands – one inside and one outside.

A large fire pit and a sand area for corn hole.

Covered eating areas and also uncovered.

Happy hour every day 4 pm. to 7 pm.

Lots of beer on tap from different brewery’s!

A view from inside looking out to the ICW with Sherry and Debby.
Sarah – with the hat on I had to look twice to make sure it was her and not Ella!

I like the food here – and try something different each time.

We have not been here for the dinner menu – just lunch or brunch!

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Papa’s World – beach time with Deb – Sarah and Ella!

After unpacking – the very first thing they wanted to do after riding seven hours – “GO TO THE BEACH”!

They love the sand – the surf and the sound of the water and waves –

LETS WALK TO THE BEACH said Sherry!

So we did – the half mile walk through the neighborhood

To the gate entrance and then cross Hillside drive

Walk another block and cross Ocean Blvd. to the parking lot!

And then – you are standing on the sand – looking out to sea – looking for Dolphins!

Growing up – we would take Debby and her sister Tammy to the beach

Whenever we could for vacation.

Now – whenever they can – they take their families to the Ocean.

They are so excited – finding shells – talking – sticking their toes into the water!
We have raised them to respect nature – to be a part of it – they love the outdoors.

Early on – we taught them to respect the environment

To not litter and see the wonders of what is around them.

Walking the sand – listening to the sound – “THE BEACH”!

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Papa’s World 0 Sunrise before we left to go back to NVA!

The morning sunrise!

The day we left to venture back to Northern Virginia –

I glanced out the sliding glass doors and this is what I saw!

The swans cruising around the bend.

I also looked for the swans – we have three of them now –

and here they came – gliding past the other community pool –

These two hand out around our end –

While the lone swan hangs down on the other end.

These two are mates and will not let the lone swan near them.

I have seen what I think to be the male of the two –

Make a beeline toward the lone swan –

enough so that the lone swan takes off flying over the lake and lands at the far end!

In a few days we will head back down to S.C. once again to “HOME”!

Funny how that has worked out – we are very comfortable with the area now!

And – as much as we love our family time and visiting –

Home is where our hearts are now – the new build and the excitement

of the family visiting us!

I always remember our past – all the places we called home!

Our current view that I will miss!

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Papa’s World – Two new Swans – they just show up!

Taken from our Lanai – they seem to hang out now at our end of the lake!

The three Swans that were here first are gone – so we are told.

Seems the Male chased one and in doing so – at another pond –

It somehow broke it’s neck!

Then they found one that had been bitten by a snake!

The third – we just do not know and we were told this by a couple who live here!

These two were reintroduced by Wildlife management

we were also told!

The Swans come and go – but lately have been staying here.

I have watched them fly in and land –

right across the view we have on the fourth floor!

I have also watched them take off –

and fly down to the other end of the small lake.

It is a very loud noise as they beat their wings and take off!

I watch them sleep on the banks during the day in the sunshine.

And – in the moon light at night see two white shapes floating just below us!

There are other groups of water fowl

Different types of Ducks – Geese –

Birds from the Ocean a half mile away!

The view everyday from our Lanai!

But – I love the Swans the most!

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Papa’s World – a little lunch-dinner with grand kids at Local on the water!

We all were hungry!

So – where do you go during a pandemic – social distancing?

We had been hiking the trails of Vereen Memorial Gardens!

The little ones had some snacks but it was not enough.

So – we decided to take them to “LOCAL ON THE WATER”!

Cassidy Taylor Bode and Mormor in the background!

There was one other couple there – outside – so we had the entire place to ourselves!

The kids loved it – swinging – sand pit – corn hole – and watching the boats

go up and down the ICW!

Cassidy – Bode – two peas in a pod!

Here came a tugboat – leading a flotilla of telephone poles!

This caught the eyes of all three!

There were three tug boats with all these poles in the water between them!

One after another they passed – the poles had cables attached –

the lead tug guided them – the middle tug kept the front and rear poles in a line!

The last and third tug boat!

The third tug brought up the rear – all in all it stretched the length of at least a football field!

We were all just watching it pass by!

We have been here before – at least three times!

And have found that during the afternoon –

hardly anyone is here – making social distancing perfect!

Bode and Cassidy!

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Papa’s World – Swans – they come and go – and bring joy and smiles for us!

We never know when the Swans will show up – first there were three – now there are two – you look outside and there they are.

I have seen them fly in one time – I have seen them take off and fly to the other end.

But I have never seen them fly off and leave!

But – when they are here – I find myself often glancing out of the lanai

searching for them cruising around –

or up on the bank – at the foot of the next condo!

I wonder to myself – what happened to the third one?

When they first appeared – there were three – and the big one would lead the other two around.

Then one day two disappeared and the one would just sort of hang out by itself

in the area all three would be.

After a week – I watched as the two flew in –

right outside the lanai – so close I felt like I could touch them.

And they landed just short of the fountain you see here.

The third hurried over to them!

Here they are right below the lanai

The last several times – they all left and only two have returned.

I believe they are a pair – the third – I do not know – but it was as if –

it was always leading and protecting them.

Back when all three were here – the one to the left would chase the geese away!

Now – we only ever see the two!

But – we enjoy them all the same!

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