Yesterday was our first full day at Myrtle Beach. We chilled out for a bit in our room and just relaxed. We then headed over to Ripley’s Aquarium. This was our 3rd visit to a Ripley’s Aquarium. In my opinion, it’s much better than the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It’s so much nicer looking, not as expensive, bright and colorful inside and it has a cool movable walkway that takes you under the aquarium where you can see fish and sharks swimming above you. Plus, they give you a AAA discount. The kids were able to touch a horseshoe crab and had a great time looking at all the colorful fish. It was great watching Julia’s reaction of the fish. Last year she was 7-8 months old and didn’t really show any reactions at all. Delton, like always, loved running around from tank to tank to explore. It’s hard to slow him down at times. His favorite part was the Pirates exhibit.
We then went to Planet Hollywood. Not the greatest place on Earth. Tim and I decided that this place was cool in the mid and late 90’s, but it’s just not the hot spot now. They really didn’t have anything healthy for the kids to eat, like a fruit cup or apple slices, plus they wanted to charge you for every little thing.
We then went back to the room and took some well-deserved naps. After we had dinner we went over to Broadway at the Beach and stopped into a very cool toy store and left the kids wonder for a bit and explore.
What a beauriful day…tomorrow it won’t be as warm. They are having their coldest temperatures since January, of course, when we are here (60’s today – in the low 40’s tomorrow). I should have brought our winter coats for the rest of our stay. Thank goodness we hit the beach today and not tomorrow. The kids had a great time running around, digging in the sand, chasing the birds, playing in the water (with jackets on and shorts), meeting local doggies and looking for shells. We collected many, many shells today. They are in the process of rebuilding their beaches, so we scored big time on the shells, the process is bringing a lot of shells up from the bottom of the ocean floor and allowing them to come ashore. One of the construction workers said that they are digging up the sand out in the ocean and pumping it back onto the land, which is bringing all these shells up. She said that many of the shells are very old, since the are digging so deep. So, we collected a lot of big, conch shells (which I had no clue what these shells were called, until I had Delton).
After we came back from the beach we gave the kids baths, had lunch and the kids took naps. While Julia was still sleeping, we took Delton to see an IMAX movie. We took him to see Sea Monsters, since he is really into prehistoric times. It was a 3D flick, and it was pretty good for being a dinosaur movie. It was funny watching Delton try to reach out and touch the creatures on the screen, but he decided to take his classes off a lot. I think it kind of scared him to see these creatures coming straight at him. We then went down to the store and bought some really cool gifts. The whole place was 50% off. So, we got some Christmas and birthday gifts for Delton. They didn’t really have anything that Julia would find interesting at this point.
We came back to the room and chilled a little bit more. Then Tim and I got a chance to go out together – ALONE!!! OMG! You heard me right, we actually got to go on a date! As you can tell this doesn’t happen often so we were pretty excited about it. We didn’t run and around and giggle loke school girls, but it was nice to get away and just be the 2 of us. We went out to eat and had dinner at Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery (went for the beer of course – had Rasberry Wheat , very good! – didn’t care for my crab cakes that much, they were a little fishy tasting), had a warm beverage at Starbucks (Peppermint Mocha Latte – yummy), and went to see a movie…Nights in Rodanthe – let me tell you I liked the book better, but the movie wasn’t bad. I think I had my own picture of what the characters looked like, what the beach house looked like, and they changed part of the story line in the movie. I think I like that she is retelling the story to her grown daughter in the book, but not in the movie. Pertty good movie (I kept laughing whenever they said pertty instead of pretty.))
Tomorrow we have a few more fun things to do before we need to head back to the real life.