July 27, 2021

LIVING IT UP AT THE BEACH

There are so many reasons I love this photo of Heather and Patrick!  They were definitely putting the best face on a beach vacation unlike any other we’d had.  

In South Carolina, many families own a cottage or condo at one of the state’s amazing beaches. Others own a mobile home at the beach.  It’s a great option—often shared with their extended family or close friends. Usually they rent out their beach property for part of the year to help cover expenses.

We were fortunate to have many enjoyable beach vacations over the years. We went to Garden City beach with the Buckleys and several other families and to Jekyll Island with the Cunninghams. We had a wonderful week on the Isle of Palms marshes at the Suttons’ spacious beach house. 

One year we had reservations that were canceled because of hurricane warnings. I began calling around to find an alternative location, and we discovered (and really enjoyed) Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.  

Wherever we went, it was easy to drive down the coast to multiple beach communities—Pawley’s Island, Surfside, Garden City, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head.  Each area had its own unique charm, with interesting shops and restaurants.

The year this photo was taken, the best option I could find for us was to rent this mobile home near Myrtle Beach that was owned by a coworker’s family. Being in a trailer park was a different kind of experience but enjoyable. Notice the name of the trailer home—New Moon! It wasn’t luxurious or right at the ocean’s edge, but we had another Carolina beach vacation. “Carolina moon, keep shining, Shining on the one who waits for me…”

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