The weekend before last, my family had the pleasure of spending the day in the Myrtle Beach State Park and it was wonderful. I was joking with one of the rangers, “All of the tech bloggers are driving me nuts lately because it seems they can’t talk about anything but SXSW. My readers are going to soon think the same of me about the Myrtle Beach State Park.” Get ready…here is post one of what will probably be more than a hundred. I love that place so much that last year I spent more than 30 nights “camping” (RV-style) there. I love that place so much that I fantasize with my husband that we should sell the house and be permanent campground hosts there. I love that place so much that I want my ashes scattered there after I kick the bucket. My love is deep. LOL
We were part of a Girl Scout group, and the cost for our entire party was very reasonable. I’m not exactly sure of their pricing schedule so I’m reluctant to quote it, but I couldn’t encourage you enough to contact them if you also have a group interested in visiting. Compared to their standard entrance fee, it was a substantial savings.
During the course of our day, our group participated in three activities, which earned us a MBSP badge, one of nine that were created specifically for the park and those completing their programs. We began earning them last summer when we camped for a week. Including the three programs we did most recently, we have learned about crabs, fished for them, learned about jelly fish, did a scavenger hunt (twice, actually), went seine netting, did some shell hunting, and learned more about the park and its inhabitants. All activities are led by a ranger. During the summer we met Ranger Ann, and were recent re-aquainted with her during a school program. We love her. She’s extremely knowledgeable and has a fantastic demeanor with the kids. Last weekend we met Ranger Katie and love her too! She was kind, super smart, and tireless during the portion of our program where child, after child, after adult, after child, after child, after adult (you get the picture) asked her, “What’s this?” on the beach during a cool shell hunt. She also turned a lecture about crabs into something interactive and interesting to our children. No joke, my six-year-old remembered the answers to the quiz questions better than I did! So two-thumbs up to Ranger Katie on her presentation skills.
During our day we had a picnic lunch and enjoyed a lot of play-time on the playground. Bathrooms are conveniently located throughout, so it’s a great place to spend a beach day with your little ones. The pier shop has ice cream and other little goodies if you’d like a treat.
As usual, thank you to the park and Ranger Katie for making our trip this weekend so wonderful. We’ll be back to camp and visit this spring, summer, and fall! And be on the look out soon for new pictures of MBSP on my Facebook page!
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