Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Osprey Marina and Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach

Before we left Osprey Marina we got to spend an afternoon riding around some of the nearby creeks in the dink. These are a few of the pictures we took during the ride. They don't really do justice to the wild and natural beauty of the area!

Paula took this as we were going out the entrance channel
 at Osprey  Marina

These are some of what had to be a hundred old
buoys that were surrounding a 
restaurant along the ICW.

Barefoot Landing is a large shopping village with over 200 shops, restaurants and attractions. There is a fairly large lake in the center that is crossed by three long floating bridges. The area is nicely landscaped and is a large tourist and local attraction.

This is some of the beautiful landscaping at
Barefoot Landing. This is Ice Plant.
More landscaping

Waterfall in a small pond

Some of the shops around Barefoot Landing

Red -winged Blackbird
Moorhen with her 4 chicks. They are almost
as large as she is!
One of the floating bridges over the lake.
Fountain in the lake!!
Koi in the lake are just huge. This one must be
close to 3 ft long!
View of shops etc across the lake.
Another view across the lake.

I thought this flower was beautiful!!
More flowers, lots of colors.
You really needed to see this in person to appreciate!
This place is really well kept. The service people
start at 6am every day cleaning, hauling
trash, etc. The stores open at 10am.
Along the wall at Greg Norman's
Australian Grille

10 turtles on one log, I think it was some kind of
school prank.

This barge is full of wood chips, probably heading
for one of the paper mills south of here.

One of the coolest things they have here is T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. They bring several different full grown Tigers as well as cubs of different ages to their special enclosure for viewing and to let people get their pictures taken. The price of the picture is actually a donation to their program for preserving rare species. Of course Paula was all over getting to hold a real live Tiger cub or two!

Is this not just too cute??

Do you think she could grin any bigger??

We stayed at Barefoot Landing for a week. It was a chance to act like a tourist and do something we don't do much of. . . shop! It was kind of like taking a vacation since we normally avoid shopping like the plague. Actually we didn't do much buying, mostly looking! They have some really unique shops here, plus great food and did I mention Ice Cream?

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