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I have become something of a professional vacationer lately. I’ve hopped from Martha’s Vineyard straight to Myrtle Beach where I’m beach bumming all day and dancing all night with friends from Albany. While both destinations may be East Coast hot spots, they could not be any more different. It’s quite the contrast.

This is probably my seventh time here over the years; a recurring vacation spot thanks to my bestie Kristin’s family condo. I’m so happy to be back! Myrtle Beach is definitely a guilty pleasure.

Photo A

Myrtle Beach Carolina Winds

Myrtle Beach is all about the condos. While they might not be as subtle at thatch-roof cabanas, they are a definite part of the landscape here.

Photo B

Myrtle Beach Stingrays

I went for a long beach walk and came across almost a dozen dead stingrays washed up on the beach, a phenomenon covered by the local news. While I was sad to see some of my favorite little sea creatures in that state, it was interesting to get a close-up look!

Which photo is your favorite?

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28 Comments...
  • Rachel
    August 19 2012

    I’m liking Photo B. What an unusual thing to see on the beach!
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    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      Thanks Rachel! Yes I’ve been here for years and never seen anything like it.

  • Love the stingray shot! So sad that you are so close yet so far away! ENJOY the beach!!!
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    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      Thanks girl! Yes so sad we aren’t crossing paths… next time 🙂

  • OrpingtonT
    August 19 2012

    Photo A for me. The stingrays are such a sad sight.

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      Unfortunately the article about it wasn’t very scientific. I would be interested to know what caused such a phenomenon.

  • Savvy Scot
    August 19 2012

    I think the stingrays win for me. Like you I am used to diving with them and like the close up.
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    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      I used to hang out with them all the time in the Cayman Islands 🙂 Love those guys!

  • Olivia
    August 19 2012

    Photo A…. those stingrays are creepy/sad!

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      When I read your comments I can hear your voice… makes me smile! Ha.

  • Nadia
    August 19 2012

    Photo B made me very sad too….

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      I remember once when I was living in Cayman there was one morning when thousands of baby filefish washed up on the beach. At the time there were all these scientists saying they had no explanation. Definitely sad but there is a weird science fiction aspect to these things that intrigues me….

  • Laura
    August 19 2012

    I was hoping photo C was of you girls in the pool at 5 am 🙂

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      Laura are you here watching us?! Miss you!

  • Grandma Burr
    August 19 2012

    A – Those sting rays leave me cold

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      Thanks for voting 🙂

  • Grandma Burr
    August 19 2012

    Congrats on the Wash. Flyer news. Today is first time since 8/8 that my computer has worked. Are you still in NY? Have you heard anything about job?

    • Alex
      August 19 2012

      I have a second interview tomorrow, made it to the final round! Hoping to know a final decision very soon…

      • cody
        August 20 2012

        a job?! How exciting! do tell us more

        • Alex
          August 20 2012

          I’m a finalist for a job writing a dive guide to Malta. If I get it you’re sure to hear all about it 🙂

  • Dad
    August 19 2012

    I like A

    • Alex
      August 20 2012

      The architect likes the building photo… what a surprise 🙂

  • Cat
    August 20 2012

    I really like both but will go with B. Definitely unusual and perhaps sad like some have mentioned but also a fact of sea life I’d guess. I live at the beach about an hour up the coast from MYR (hi!) and have seen some unusual beach sights like so many jellyfish washed up that you can’t avoid stepping on one (crazy!).
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    • Alex
      August 20 2012

      Hey there Cat, I thought about you on the beach today just an hour away! I sent you some smiles 🙂

  • Megan
    August 20 2012

    If you are in Myrtle Beach, you really should head about an hour up Hwy 17 N and visit Wilmington. It’s my hometown and (as far as I am concerned) the best town on the Southeastern coast!

    • Alex
      August 20 2012

      Unfortunately I leave tomorrow! However this is a reoccurring gestation for me, so I’ll keep that in mind for next time 🙂

  • Heather
    August 20 2012

    B is sad, but a great shot. And best of luck with the job!

    • Alex
      August 20 2012

      Thanks! Hopefully I’ll have more to reveal soon!

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