With Barry still whining like a little girl about his burnt tongue, we packed up and said goodbye to North Carolina and Barry’s taste buds.

 

We hadn’t been on the road for very long, when we hit state number 38, South Carolina. We headed straight to Myrtle Beach. Famed for it’s golf, long beaches and of course ‘Myrtle Manor’. A popular US reality TV show that follows the hilarious residents of a typical American trailer park.

South Carolina State Welcome Sign - 50 states in 6 months

Once we arrived, we checked into another Super 8 motel and were very happy to see that we backed right onto the beach. Well that was our day sorted for tomorrow – sunbathing and a dip in the sea.

Super 8 motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

It had been a long drive to reach Myrtle Beach, so after we checked into our motel, we were just about ready for some dinner. As we’d driven in, the roads were lined with restaurant after restaurant. Most of them were seafood ones, so we were spoilt for choice. We settled on Bennett’s Calabash, a seafood buffet restaurant. They had everything – mussels, oysters, salmon, a salad bar, cheese and biscuits, steak, beef, chicken, all kinds of veg. You could even have unlimited crab legs. It was amazing and so delicious. It didn’t stop there though…they then had desserts – cakes, fruit and ice cream in every flavour. It was endless. By the time we’d finished we felt like we wouldn’t have to eat for a week.

That night, we rolled ourselves into bed, ready for a lazy day on the beach. Or so we thought…

 

We woke up the next morning, looked out the window and it was raining. This was South Carolina…home of beaches, sun and smiling people. This wasn’t supposed to happen! We hung out in the room for a while in the hope that the rain would pass and the skies would clear, but after a couple of hours it was still cloudy and the rain had turned to a drizzle. Not wanting to stay indoors all day, we decided to venture out and find something to do.

Rain at Super 8 motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
For some reason, Barry has always wanted to go to a driving range. Not content with the crazy golf we had played in Pigeon Forge, we found ourselves at Tupelo Bay Golf Centre. Not really having any idea what we were doing, we walked up to the counter and asked the guy for a go on the driving range. He asked us what size bucket of balls we wanted – we went for the large. We were in for the long haul! Then we had to choose our clubs. Again, we had no idea what clubs we would need. There were so many different types, so we just picked the ones we liked the look of.

 

Once we were on the range, we started to hit some balls. Barry was better, hitting them as far as 150 yards, I could barely get to 50. But Barry was also very good at missing them or hitting them right up into the air and landing just 10 yards away. Luckily there was only one other person on the range with us, so it wasn’t too embarrassing. It’s not a sport we’ll be taking up anytime soon, but we had a lot of fun practising!
The next day we were hoping to get in some beach time before leaving Myrtle Beach, but the rain continued. Donning our raincoats, we went for a walk along it anyway, just so we could say we had.
Of course, we couldn’t leave Myrtle Beach, without visiting the famous trailer park from the TV series. Myrtle Manor Trailer Park is actually inside Patricks Mobile Home Park, which was only 5 minutes away from where we were staying. I knew they were currently filming season 3 so was hoping to see some of the cast. We weren’t disappointed. As we drove through Patricks, we soon saw the Myrtle Manor Sign looming over the pool. As we turned the corner, we stopped outside Tangulls, which is the parks resident hairdresser. We stopped to get some photos, when people started walking outside. Barry started shouting ‘who is it, who is it?’ Then he saw who it was and jumped out the car shouting ‘Bandit dude, can we get a picture?’ He was so excited; I don’t think I’ve seen him so enthusiastic about anything! He threw me the camera and ran over to Bandit, who in turn pointed out Amanda, another cast member. Barry grabbed them both for a photo.