We spent the rest of Saturday just hanging out and trying to get ourselves back on some semblance of a schedule. We did a little driving around and exploring of our new territory, plus we hit the grocery store to stock up for the week.As you can see, Emma was very excited to be at our final destination :) We were just as relieved to have a place to rest our heads and get a good nights sleep.
On Sunday, we decided to check out Ripley's Aquarium since Emma is a bit obsessed with fish. She absolutely loved it!
The next day we did some more exploring and checked out the area's longest wooden pier. Emma loved being able to run up and down chasing the birds. It was a beautiful sunset that night.
On Tuesday we didn't do anything too exciting. We drove around for a little while looking for something to do when Jason spotted what appeared to be a huge pawn shop. He had never been in one before and thought it would be fun to check out. I didn't quite agree, but decided what the heck. It was interesting all right! From there we hit a Yamaha dealer (for him) and a large outlet mall (for me). Once we had done enough window shopping for the day, we stopped at a restaurant and ordered carry-out to take back to our room.
This is a picture of Emma and I standing on the front porch overlooking the river before we went in for our tour. When we finished up there, we headed to the beach to tour the Castle Atalaya. It was beautiful!
After much debate, we decided to head towards home on Friday rather than leave on Saturday. We had spent a lot of time in Myrtle Beach and didn't feel like there was a whole lot left to do with a little one during the winter. Our plan was to head to Gatlinberg, TN and see the Smokey Mountains. We made hotel reservations and packed up my sister-in-law's Buick around noon. We knew there was a snow storm coming, so we thought it was great that we decided to leave early. After a long day of driving we came to that same darn rock slide and decided we would again take our own detour- BIG mistake. We ended up on same little two lane mountain roads at night with no four wheel drive. Jason was starting to worry that we weren't going to be able to continue up the hills, but we were in the middle of no where. We ended up staying in a dirty hotel room in a town called Cherokee for the night...