As mentioned in our last post, we will now look at the dunes as we walk north – which has been our walking beach route since we started staying here in 2013.
This most precious picture of our oldest grandson, then two years old, which shows the north view as we hit the beach. I’d love to recreate this picture with him, one day!
We’ve now been here for 10 days so we are seeing more clearly the damage from Hurricane Matthew. As soon as we arrived back here after our evacuation, we managed to get in four long walks, one going south and the rest back up north. Then we hit a bad spell….it seems that the sand surface has definitely changed and my knees will testify to it!
I think I have mentioned my knee troubles in the past. It started with a torn meniscus which I had scoped in 1998. In or around 2008, I suffered another knee injury, but “just” a bone bruise. I should mention I used to be a long (slow) distance runner and even spent a few years participating in triathlons. Long story short, I discovered I could have a series of OrthoVisc shots twice a year (they tapered off and now it’s been over a year since my last series) to restore my activity level. Within a short time, I was able to walk a few miles and within a few years, discovered I could once again hike mountains! It was a process and the main thing I learned is that I’ll never run again and my knees prefer God’s creation over sidewalks. And a nice flat beach like Myrtle Beach is about the best.
We have really enjoyed our time here, but for me, it is mainly about the long walks where my knees thrive! My knee issues also keep me off of a bicycle. Swimming is very good, but I don’t like to swim where I can’t see what else is in the water with me! But I digress……
So I had to take a few days off as one of my knees swelled up after our first 5 days back here. So it was RICE for me, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Bill said he didn’t mind as his ankles were feeling it too. I was so sad as the Horses on Myrtle Beach were about to return and I knew they would keep us off the beach for four more days. One thing I now know, my knees need to walk at a minimum of several miles a week and they thrive when I walk the five miles here nearly daily! So what has happened?
It looks like to us there was a big scoop taken out of the shore line in front of Pirateland and the few beachfront houses just north of us. As the tide goes in and out, the sand is shifted tremendously. Then what is left is just more soft and mushy. It is not like that once we get to the Myrtle Beach State Park beach. It wasn’t like that when we walked the mile or south of Pirateland’s beach.
We haven’t seen any bulldozing or efforts to reclaim the dunes from Pirateland up to Springmaid Beach. But a few of these private houses have had sand deposited where the dunes were swept away. The sand seems to be only different on this small portion of the beach, about a mile. We can’t say it’s that, it’s just something else that has caused it….as if the hurricane just took an extra bite out of the beachfront here.
We’ve heard that the coast of Florida, around Flagler Beach was really hit hard. Hopefully, when we return to Florida/Alabama for the winter, we will be able to check it out. Has anyone seen any other areas hit hard? We’d love to learn more.
To be continued….
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them– he remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:6