Myrtle Beach, South Carolina & Environs

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    Myrtle Beach SkyWheel & Brookgreen Gardens (return visit) - Part 1

    Our last full day in Myrtle Beach - activities included a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, then a repeat visit to Brookgreen Gardens (for lunch and viewing the Gardens - a ticket allows a 7-day visit), and finally a dinner in Murrells Inlet (which was disappointing and will not be discussed - unfortunate - left a TripAdvisor review).

    But for this post, I'll simply discuss the SkyWheel - located in the older and a little 'run-downed' area of Myrtle Beach - our first visit and ride to this 'new age' ferris wheel - 180 ft off the ground and 200 ft above the beach - the cars are air-conditioned and fit up to 6 people - price of admission included 4 round trips (I believe) of the wheel - the views were spectacular - pics below mostly my own except the first one - the last is Susan & I taken on a 'blue screen', i.e. the usual pre-ride pic - we usually never buy these but this one was nice (at least in our opinion) - fun ride; also on the boardwalk was an old and large gaming arcade that brought back memories of my youth. Following posts will be about the Gardens. Dave :)
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    Brookgreen Gardens - Revisit - Part 1

    There are so many activities at the Brookgreen Gardens that a day (or several) is just not enough, so since our ticket included 7 consecutive days, we decided to return - had a fine lunch at their Pavilion Restaurant and then toured the Gardens (see map earlier in this thread) - there are so many wonderful areas to visit, i.e. isolated garden sites, indoor and open air buildings, and walks to the water where our pontoon boat ride floated by the observation tour. I took a LOT of new pics (some duplicated in the earlier posts of this thread) and will simply repost - so hope that those looking will enjoy. Dave :)
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    Brookgreen Gardens - Revisit - Part 2

    Just some more wonderful pics - we took the trail to the waterway where our previous boat trip toured - fortunately did not encounter any alligators (but they are there!) - for those viewing this thread and especially those who may live in the area or have visited, please add a post or two - Dave :)
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    Thanks for another excellent travel story. This is definitely a place I would visit if I were in the area.
     
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    Thanks SciFan.. - the Brookgreen Gardens are certainly worth a visit and 2 days are really needed for a full appreciation. I love the Live Oak Allée - the 'Old Kitchen' is nearby (now a snack/drink shop) and I suspect that those magnificent oaks likely lined the entrance road up to the planation house (which no longer exits) - in fact, on the four plantations only the chimney of the Laurel Hill Plantation rice mill (shown below) still is standing; the mill building was torched during the Civil War - we saw the structure on our Trekker Tour.

    In the Brookgreen Gardens gift shop, we bought a number of items, including a bag of Carolina Gold Rice which is being produced in South Carolina on a limited basis - so will be a 'flashback' meal when Susan cooks up some of the historic coastal grain - she has a nice shrimp gumbo dish w/ okra and rice - maybe I'll suggest that one first! Dave :)
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    Carolina Gold Rice - Our First Try and Delicious!

    Last night, Susan made a rice pilaf w/ peas, mushrooms, herbs, and shrimp - rice from our bag bought at Brookgreen Gardens - the rice was plump, creamy (like a risotto), and delicious - looking forward to our next meal. Below some web pics - ripe 'golden' colored rice in a South Carolina field (hence the name); brief description from the Anson Mills Website; risotto dish (not ours but an easy recipe from the link just given).

    Finally, a short book Carolina Gold Rice which I bought as a Kindle edition a few days ago (already read), written by a retired Savannah eye surgeon who was instrumental in restoration of the historic rice culture of the Carolina-Georgia low country - a final pic of the author and his son, Dr. Richard Schulze. If you are a lover of rice, order some Carolina Gold and try the recipes in the first link. Dave :)
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