Another year, another Christmas trip. This has become quite the tradition, and this year, we headed down to Murrells Inlet on the Carolina coast—the Seafood Capital of South Carolina. Hopefully Santa got our change of address!
Before jumping right to the coast, we decided we were going to take the scenic route through the middle of South Carolina and hit a park we've been to before. In fact, it's the same spot where we first tested this whole remote work lifestyle!
Little Pee Dee State Park was the first stop on Christmas Trip 2021. It's a nice little campground with plenty of woods, big private sites, and a small lake. Although the park layout is fantastic, there is one small problem... Everything is sand.
The roads are sand, the parking pads are sand, and the campsites are sand. Typically, this isn't a big issue. It just takes a few more passes with the vacuum. However, this time, it was raining. The sand stuck to EVERYTHING! Although we did plenty of walking and scootzing (skateboarding), the sticky sand did ruin the experience just a bit. We just couldn't get rid of it!
Despite the sandy fiasco, we still got plenty of good pictures, and LunaBear even got into the Christmas spirit!
After two days, we made it out of the sand pit and started on our way to the coast. We could smell the saltwater as we pulled into Huntington Beach State Park in lovely Murrells Inlet, South Carolina—about 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach.
The campground was huge! And there were two of them! We were in the larger of the loops with a nice large open grassy area right behind the site. Luckily, everything was paved; we had escaped the sand! At least, in the campsite. Don't worry. There was still plenty on the beach.
It didn't take long for John and Bailey to show up, and our Christmas adventure could begin! We spend the rest of the week skateboarding the campground, eating plenty of seafood, and hanging out on the beach. Rose and I even tried to skateboard on the beach, but it didn't go so well... We settled for a few cool pictures.
Our Christmas dinner consisted of kabobs on the grill. I used plenty of green and red peppers to keep them festive. There weren't many leftovers!
A little later in the trip, Rose and I had the urge to hit some junk shops that we knew were around the area. They're always in these touristy beach areas! We headed up the road to Myrtle Beach in search of knick-knacks. And that's exactly what we found.
They were everywhere! Every corner had a junky shop filled with tacky t-shirts and cheap souvenirs. It was great! We loaded up on stickers for our coolers and skateboards and headed back to the campsite. We even came across a shop that had a live shark swimming around in the middle of the store. The entrance also looked like a shark, which was quite scary!
We finished out the trip with some relaxation, plenty of "sodas", and a few fun festive family pictures on the beach. All in all, a great Christmas camping trip. Perhaps we'll do it again next year, especially since Santa knows where to expect us now!
He likes pizza.