Myrtle Beach, SC 11/8 - 11/11

We left Wilmington about 10:00 this morning and arrived in Myrtle Beach about 12:30. We are staying at Myrtle Beach State Park Campground which is located on the beach.

Myrtle Beach is just another strip of restaurtants, souvenier shops and mini golf courses. It is pretty depressing. However, the state park is a wilderness in the middle of all this tinsel. The beach is a short walk from the campground, so we will probably spend much of our time there.

Susan collecting shells along the beach.

 

A view of the beach looking North towardMyrtle Beach from the state park fishing pier.

 

On Wednesday we visited Brookgreen Gardens. It contains more than 500 sculptures by 19th and 20th-century American artists. The gaarden museum is on the site of an old rice and indigo plantation that dates from the mid-1700s.

Created by rairoad heir Archer M. Huntington and his sculptor wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, in the mid 1930s, the gardens are among the bost beautiful in the South. Moss-hung oak trees, dogwoods, azaeleas and other indigenous and exotic plants are among the more than 2,000 species usein in the landscape; many are in bloom from early April throught September.

We spent most of one day and the next morning going through the gardens. It was absolutely beautiful. Below are some the statues in the garden.

This is called Carving Your Destiny. I notice he hasn't decided on the size of part of his destiny.
The sculptures of Grainger McKoy were on display through December.

All the sculptures were as close to looking like real birds then anything I have ever seen. Each bird consists of numerous individually carved pieces that are put together to form the bird. Each wing feather is individually carved. He uses basswood as the medium because it is light yet it maintains its shape as it is carved.

When he forges each piece of the metal sculptures by a vacuum process he developed. The individual pieces are then Tig welded together.