The Dunes Being Restored at Myrtle Beach! (Part 3)


High Tide

High tide, 10:08 am, Saturday, November 19, 2016, five days after the “superman.”

Just when we thought we ran out of things to write about the dunes….I was going to write about the high tides, the airplanes and the projects Bill has done. 

We left our motorhome here for a week to be with family after the death of Bill’s uncle (age 97 – so he had a fabulous life) and spent Thanksgiving (November 24, 2016) with our grandsons, their parents, and with our son-in-law’s mom, step dad, sister and nephew. We had a fantastic time and came back to a major surprise….hang on.

The fencing posts you see in this picture show where the dunes used to be, prior to Hurricane Matthew. The high tide only reached up to the darkened areas of the beach.  Hopefully, you can see where the row of beach front houses only have a smattering of the beach. I tried to zoom in to better show, but this was the best I could get.

Bill says what he loves about the beach at Myrtle Beach is that it is flat, hard enough to get in a brisk walk (we’ve tried it barefoot and our feet sink too much – and I have very tender feet and a sharp shell could mess me up). BUT as said in other posts, you have to hit the tides just right. It’s important to get the tide schedule upon your arrival to maximize your time on the beach. Here is a snapshot of the tide chart from November 4 through 20, 2016,  from this website.:

Myrtle Beach (Springmaid Pier), South Carolina
NOAA, National Ocean Service

PartialNovTides

Hopefully, you can see there is a pattern to the tides from this partial month, which changes daily every six hours over a week. It is in sync with the moon cycle, BTW. We walked several evenings prior to the Super moon and it was just amazing! The pre-super moon was reflecting on the waves, making them look florescent. Of course, I didn’t have the right kind of camera to capture it. 😞 But is will be etched in our minds! Here is the best picture from here, I could find to give you a flavor of how amazing it was.

This is the closest free picture off the web to attempt to show you how amazing it was

This is the closest free picture off the web to attempt to show you how amazing it was!

I have so many more pictures, so we’ve uploaded them here if you want to see more amazing beach beauty.

Now, for our surprise upon our return! It was nearly dark when we returned back to Pirateland on Saturday night, November 26, 2016. We had left our motorhome and just drove to the funeral in Pennsylvania and then back down through Virginia. I checked the tide chart and it was high tide when we returned. So we knew we wouldn’t get in a walk. But we had to go see the beach after we ate dinner. Of course, we bought thanksgiving leftovers! Yummy.

I tried to take a picture of what we saw, but didn’t have a camera to use at night. Let’s just say, we were shocked at the HIGH beach dunes! So of course, the next day during low tide, we were out there for our five mile walk:

img_7789

Myrtle Beach Dune Replenishment! Our entrance onto the beach on November 27, 2016.

img_7791

As we head towards the beach, we now can see how they have begun to fill in the dunes. But there is a gap, guess they will let nature help do the rest of the work?

img_7792

We are now in low tide, but it sure doesn’t look like it! We later learn why.

img_7797

We’ve shown this view many times as we start our walk up north, towards Springmaid Pier and beach. Hopefully, you can see the new dunes and in the distance, heavy equipment.

img_7799

Here are the tracks from the heavy equipment machines used to replenish the dunes.

img_7801

We’re getting closer to the heavy equipment. They are scooping the sand from the beach and moving it in relay….

img_7805

A better view of the tracks to move that sand!

img_7809

Now you can see these heavy equipment operators working in relay to move the sand. We were able to continue our walk up north, but the beach was being affected temporily!

Our oldest grandson is crazy over heavy equipment, having his own miniature CAT and John Deer equipment. And we also couldn’t help but think about Uncle Warren, as a young man, learning to operate such equipment. He was instrumental in the construction of the Samson Naval Base in New York during WWII, married and with young children and continued to work into his late 80s early 90s.

Click here as we made a short video of this amazing work being conducted!

If you can’t see the video, here is a slide show of the equipment working in sync:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Watching all of this makes me think:

God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
He is always there to help us in times of trouble.
The earth may fall apart.
The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea.
But we will not be afraid.
The waters of the sea may roar and foam.
The mountains may shake when the waters rise.
But we will not be afraid. Psalm 46:1-3

 

8 thoughts on “The Dunes Being Restored at Myrtle Beach! (Part 3)

  1. What fun. I enjoy these vicarious travels! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. They certainly didn’t waste anytime getting to the dune repairs. What a major project!

    How sweet to get to spend Thanksgiving with your family:)

    Liked by 1 person

    • We wondered if they ever would, but wow! They are on it! Sadly, we can’t get past them due to the tide schedule so these few days we’re back, we haven’t been able to get our 5 miles in. Maybe today, our last day!
      Yes, what a blessing it was to see so much family last week!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Debbie, if you are bring your MH down here to Bradenton, you need to get busy finding a place. I’m not sure you will find anything near by…maybe inland further. Jan/Feb books a year in advance. Good luck locating a place:) This place is insane after Christmas which is why we are here now this year.

        Liked by 1 person

      • We’d love to bring it there, but we’ll park in some not so lovely park and drive to the various places we have family and friends to visit. We know what we are in for….not fun. We’re going to explore the coast of Alabama and maybe some in Mississippi this winter.

        Liked by 2 people

  3. Wishing you safe travels in Alabama and Mississippi. Great months to travel there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you. We’re not sure we’ll make it to Mississippi now as we’ve packed our schedule here in Florida. We didn’t intend to, but we got into some nice state parks!
      Thanks for stopping by and for the follow! I’m headed over to your blog!

      Like

We'd LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s