Charleston to Myrtle Beach, SC

We woke up to a sunny day and very warm temperatures. We did our morning routine and took Auggie for his walk before preparing to leave. We pulled out of the campground around 10:00 after doing a minor repair on the electric trailer tongue jack. It’s something we’ll need to check into at the Camping World Store in Myrtle Beach. Bob called the store but noone called back, so we decided to stop at the store since we needed a couple of parts anyway. We took Highway 17 which was a less traveled highway along the coast. It took us over the Ashley River where we could get a great view of the marina that our friends, Pam and Donny, spend the winter at in their boat.

 
 
We crossed the bridge over the Charleston Harbor and it was quite a structure! It was much bigger than the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay with 4 lanes in each direction!

 
 
From the top of the bridge, we could see the Yorktown aircraft carrier berthed in the harbor there.

 
 
We passed through the city of Georgetown where we had spent the night in our boat two years ago. The town looked definitely different by land than by water.

 
 
The ICW passes right near the town. This is a view of the ICW from the bridge over the Waccamaw River.

 
 
Traffic was light on Highway 17 until we got near Myrtle Beach. Then traffic went crazy and it was temporarily delayed when we came upon an accident. We located the Camping World Store and pulled into the parking lot. Big mistake! The parking lot was cramped, the store was busy, and people were everywhere! Auggie and I waited patiently in the truck while Bob took care of business.

 
 
The truck and trailer were kind of blocking an area of the parking lot. Boy, did we get the looks. We got into the parking lot, but had a heck of a time getting out pulling our trailer. At least we got the parts and information we needed about the trailer tongue jack, but it was a nightmare! Once we got out of there, we breathed a sigh of relief. After our drive of 97 miles today, we finally found our campground for the next two days—Apache Family Campground.

 
 
This campground is located just steps from the ocean in Myrtle Beach. There are lots of amenties here including a pool, arcade, restaurant, nightly entertainment, and daily planned activities.. We’ve got all day tomorrow to check everything out. Our site was very near the beach and Apache Pier.

 
 
Apache Pier is 1,206 feet long and is the longest wooden pier on the East Coast. It offers year-round fishing, a covered stage and dance floor with live entertainment every night during the summer. Tonight the Most Wanted Band is playing at 8:00 and tomorrow the Peggy Buck Band is playing. They are also showing Beauty and the Beast tomorrow night at the pool. We arrived around 2:00, checked in, and were set up by 3:00. The sites are somewhat tight, but we made things work. It’s all about location, location, location. 

 
 
Auggie and I took a walk to check out the campground. He was happy to be here. The beach was not very crowded today. 

 
 
It was windy and humid at the beach and it was easy to get overheated quickly. Later, Bob and I took a walk on the pier.

 
 
We got 6 free admission tickets to use for the pier while we are here. Normally, it costs $1 each day to walk on the pier. From the pier, we had a good vantage point to see the campground from the water.

 
 
We could see up and down the beach in both directions and there were people swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the day.

 
 
The pier was filled with people fishing and some were even catching.

 
 
We made our way back to the camper and got dinner ready. Auggie kept Bob company outside at the grill while I made preparations inside. Around 7:30, I went down to the beach to see what low tide would bring. There was narry a shell nor piece of seaweed on the beach, but the water was extremely warm. It felt wonderful! As the sun was setting, Auggie and I took our evening walk looking at all the different varieties of trailers and RV’s in the campground. As the sun set behind the highrise buildings, we returned to relax the night away. We were all tuckered out.

 
 

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