"Following where my camera leads me!"

"Following where my camera leads me!"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ....Charles Dickens

Progress is being made on the big new Myrtle Beach attraction:  the Skywheel.

Stopped at the site for a few quick photos of just the base of it a few weeks back:
At completion, it will soar it's riders up to 200 feet into the sky, for incredible views of the beautiful blue Atlantic ocean.

It's being built on a base deck that is twenty feet off the ground, to offfer possible hurricane surge protection, and will be the largest wheel of ANY KIND east of the Mississippi River.

The nice climate controlled gondolas that will attach to the huge wheel will each seat about six people, and there will be one "V.I.P." gondola. Each ride is supposed to be about 8 to 12 minutes long, and the new attraction is scheduled to open in May of this year.
I think the cost to ride will be about $12.00 per person and I heard that there will be Senior discounts and also group discounts.
Looks like fun!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Lets Party!!'........Robin Williams

Spotted today in the Myrtle Beach area:

I've never seen a lawn chair THIS BIG before, have you?!
Other neat outdoor things:

Fun playhouses!!
So.....if you're in that area, stop by and see them, you might find something bright and fun for your summer yard! Like this bright blue table and lifeguard seats!
And tell 'em, Debbi's Front Porch sent ya, okay?  thanks!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." ............Lewis Grizzard

Weekend before last we were in the little town of Conway, South Carolina. I had photos to post, but the flu bug hit me and they never got posted, so I am doing that this weekend!
                                                           WEDDINGS GALORE!

Everywhere we ventured in Conway, we were greeted with old fashioned friendliness, and the weather was SO WARM and gorgeous that day!

We happened upon a few lovely weddings in progress, which we quietly observed from afar. We watched one as the bridal party lined up outside the venue, and were able to get a last glimpse of the lovely bride as her Daddy took her inside to escort her down the aisle. We saw another wedding that had already taken place, and the spirited reception was in full swing with a band and dancing and lots of festivities, down on the river.  The wild zebra wedding cake pictured above I spotted in a store window downtown! I am sure its the FIRST ZEBRA wedding cake I've ever seen!
                                              A Downtown Scene:

I have a love for our nation's small towns and enjoy visiting them as often as we can, and getting to know them and their people.  Conway is perched on the banks of the Waccamaw River, and was founded way back in 1733!! So this place sure has some HISTORY!
The river:

More downtown scenes:

While doing a quick history on Conway, I saw that the town was once named "Conwayborough,  in honor of Robert Conway, a veteran of the Revolution. The name was later changed to Conway, and during the War Between the States, almost all of the town's young men went off to fight.

Another view of the pretty church steeple:

(below, a downtown window gaily decorated in green for upcoming St. Patrick's Day!) 

Bright and pretty shop windows!

A cute little gazebo!

We enjoyed a quick visit to the new location of their library. Its a very nicely laid out, with the children's department downstairs, and a quick elevator ride to the second floor to visit the adult books. Below is a photo of the library---I could've lingered over all the books for hours, but they were getting ready to close.
Next is a photo showing the pretty small town view and a church steeple, taken from upstairs in the library.

We strolled the nice riverwalk while the sun was setting--some very pretty scenes there!

A peaceful deck on the water......great location for a picnic!

Pretty pots of flowers are scattered up and down the riverwalk:
A close up view:

Back in the 1800s, this little town was a very successfull export location for shipping timber such as pine, tar, and turpentine all over the world. When the railroad was built in 1887, some businessmen from Conway made sure it extended all the way to the ocean........creating a stop that eventually became Myrtle Beach.

More scenes from along the river:
(below, a very old door!)

Small town Saturday night scene:

A very nice little town to visit!