I think I mentioned the other day that we are Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC (15 or 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach). We've been here a couple times before and really love the peace and quiet here (although it was very busy over the weekend with families). Arlo gets to play in the ocean (unfortunately he tends to drink a lot of it which causes problems a few hours later!)
In posts of our prior visits here I noted that this is also a "wildlife viewing area". When you come into the park you have to go over a causeway to the camping area. One side appears to be a salt water marsh, the other, I believe, is fresh water where these guys live!
The previous times we've been here we've not seen many gators ~ this time there a several ... including the guy above whom I saw on Saturday. He was huge ... the rest are much "smaller" in comparison. I haven't seen him since then, but he was in that same spot all day long.
The photo below is of two guys (or is it three?) hanging out on a rock that has had a gator on it the entire time we've been here.
These photos, unfortunately, don't show it but there is a sidewalk on either side of this causeway with a couple viewing areas on each. When we've been here in the past there has been a photographer here (obviously professional) every day, all day long. He isn't here this time though. The first and second photo do show the piers that you can walk out on ~ one on either side of the causeway, but a distance away, for wildlife viewing. Not to mention the ocean and beach just beyond the campground. Candy and Kimberly you would love it here.
Arlo and I are preparing to have a "campfire". Rick is out on his bike for a while and before it gets really chilly Arlo and I will be out there. Often times in the area surrounding campgrounds there will be someone selling firewood in front of their home - we have not been able to find anyone this time and Rick has strong objections to buying a bundle of wood wrapped in plastic at the grocery store .... I decided to check the wood bin in the coach and darn if there wasn't some wood there ... I think from our stay in a great National Forest campground in North Carolina ~ same one we will hopefully be able to get into next week when we visit Josh, Trish and Connor (Connor is have a little surgery on Monday and Grammie and Rick "need" to be there). Unfortunately that campground doesn't take reservations and we are planning to go in on a Friday ~ UGH ~ I've been trying to get a back up plan in order but it hasn't happened yet! There is a KOA in the area, but something about spending $60/night on a campsite just doesn't work well with me anymore! We will save the KOA for when we are in Middleboro in June I think.