Over fall break, the Levine Scholars Program gave us the opportunity to go to Myrtle Beach to soak up the sun and relax for the long weekend. Some students from the University Honors Program were able to join us as well, and from October 8th to 12th we shared an awesome mini vacation together. It was funny because we had met the University Honors students for the first time just a few days before the trip, but after four days of Catch Phrase, a trip to the Tanger outlets, and countless hours lying out on the beach together, we definitely got to know each other well!
We got really lucky with the weather and were happily able to wear bathing suits the entire trip. It seemed so strange to me that it was in the mid to upper 80's the entire time we were there, whereas in Maryland, I don't recall the weather ever being that nice in October!
Here's a picture of a time when a few of us were actually successful during a jumping picture- a very rare occasion!
Coming from Maryland, I had never been to Myrtle Beach before but had heard from all of the people who I had talked to that it was a fun beach to go to. I'm sure that during the summer the crowds of people makes the atmosphere of the beach more lively, like what had been described to me, but the quietness due to the lack of tourists was actually really nice. For the most part, the people who were at the beach, besides us, were the people who lived there.
The house we stayed at was right on the beach; painted a bright turquoise color, it was easy to spot even after a walk down to the pier.
Although the fifteen passenger van that we rode in on the way down to South Carolina was entirely packed, we managed to stuff in a football and soccer ball to play with on the beach. My friend, Sam McClenney, showed us some of his juggling skills with the soccer ball:
This one night after dinner, we were all hanging out down by the kitchen listening to some music, and my friend Jon just began dancing. He was dancing by himself, with everyone either circled around him watching or slowly backing away from him, for a solid few minutes. Of course, we were fortunate enough to have a flipcam handy, and we got the entire thing recorded. Sorry Jon, this had to be published! :)