Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day weekend in South Carolina

Rather than head to the local beaches this Memorial Day weekend (like most every other year), I decided it was time to do something different. And so we (my mascot and a couple of friends) road tripped down to South Carolina for a few days of camping and general relaxation.

The destination was Huntington Beach State Park, about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. It was well worth the drive, as the campsite's beach was 1/100th as crowded as the public access one about a mile down the shore.

Our trip began on Thursday night at the Days Inn Fayetteville North. The first two pictures below were taken from the parking lot on Friday morning -- as you can see, not the classiest place on I-95.

Here's Mr. Nugget settling in to Tent Site #6, our homebase. He kept guard the entire weekend and even remained calm when raccoons were ransacking our trash on Friday night.

The walk from our campsite to the beach took about 5 minutes and led through the woods and over some marshland and dunes.

This alligator found its way onto the beach at some point on Saturday night. The park rangers said he might've been exiled from his group for fighting with another alligator (apparently it was mating season). Either way, he caused quite the stir on Sunday, moving up and down the beach periodically before settling back down to relax for a couple of hours.


I think this couple was looking down the beach at the aforementioned alligator.

The clouds on the drive home were pretty sweet. The picture below was taken from the passenger side with the window up, hence the reflection of the dashboard / center console.

Crossing over the Varina-Enon Bridge just outside of Richmond, Virginia.

The trip was a great time, but like most excursions like these, I ended up not taking nearly as many pictures as I had hoped. Regardless, some more can be found on Flickr.


Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

that gator shot is insane!!! nice work.

looking forward to catching up on MJL Photo once I get back.