Category Archives: Ocean

Roam: 3 Days in Myrtle Beach

A Great 3-Day Escape to Myrtle Beach

Discover the quirky charms of South Carolina’s most popular family vacation destination.

(This story appears in the March 2016 issue of West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine and was written by Sandra Chambers.)

Myrtle Beach Pier at State Park. (Photo courtesy of VisitMyrtleBeach.com)

Myrtle Beach Pier at State Park. (Photo courtesy of VisitMyrtleBeach.com)

Myrtle Beach’s 97 kilometres of picturesque coastline, aptly called the “Grand Strand,” is most famous for its bustling beach atmosphere, replete with live entertainment, amusement parks, acclaimed seafood restaurants, great shopping and world-class golf. But the area also has a quieter side thanks to the beaches, wetlands and quaint fishing villages on its southernmost end. Take an extra- long weekend to explore both the upbeat and the serene sides of this beloved coastal area.

Read the story: THREE DAYS In Myrtle Beach  OR  check out the entire March issue of the magazine. This article can be found on pages 23-25.

Southern-Traveller Heads North!

From Maine to Nova Scotia, Quebec and Montreal

Although my blog usually features southern destinations, for the next several weeks I’ll be featuring my travels aboard Holland American’s 7-Day Canada & NE Discovery Trip.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Embarking from Boston, our  ship’s only stop in the US was Bar Harbor, Maine. I fell in love with this low-key, beautiful seaport town. Dating back to the 18th century, the port was built on shipbuilding, lumbering and fishing. By the 20th century, Bar Harbor had become the summer playground to America’s wealthy such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and John D. Rockefeller, all of whom owned “cottages” there.  But with World War I, the Great Depression and a devastating fire in 1947 which swept through the town destroying most of the estates, the leisurely class mostly vacated the town. Continue reading

Rare Sea Turtle Nest at Ft. Fisher, NC

Check out this WECT video on a rare sea turtle nest found at Ft. Fisher.

http://www.wect.com/clip/11586665/rarest-sea-turtle-nests-at-fort-fisher-state-recreation-area

A Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, which is considered to be the rarest sea turtle, nested at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Sunday. The most endangered sea turtle rarely nests on the North Carolina coast, according to Alyssa Taylor with the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Sea Turtle Adventure at Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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On a recent vacation to Ocean Isle Beach I had an unexpected adventure! I was sitting on our 11th floor condo porch enjoying my coffee and taking in the beautiful ocean view when I noticed a small crowd gathering on the beach by the dunes.

It was early in the morning and not many people were on the beach, so my curiosity was peaked. With camera in hand, I headed down to see what was happening. The first thing I noticed were strange tracks in the sand leading up to the dunes and back down to the ocean.

Then I noticed several people in T-shirts which identified them as volunteers for OIBSTPO (Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization). A small group of volunteers were digging carefully in the sand looking for a nest that had just  been dug by a female turtle.  Because of the recent tropical storm, Ana, and the sand erosion, the volunteers were  relocating the eggs to a safer nesting area further up the beach. A volunteer with a clicker counted the eggs as they were removed from the nest. Today’s total: 125 eggs! Continue reading