Below is an email received from a Myrtle Beach Skywheel rider detailing her Skywheel experience on a recent roadtrip to Myrtle Beach:
o viewing a pristine beach that stretches north and south, as far as the eye can see, sparkling in the warmth of the afternoon autumn sun.
o noticing how the expanse of sand frames this portion of the western border of the Atlantic Ocean, with its gray-blue waters extending east to the distant horizon.
o watching seabirds swooping down and scurrying along the water’s edge, where unending gentle waves taste the salty shoreline, providing morsels of sea life for a post-lunchtime snack.
o pivoting right, then left, smiling all-the-while, camera in hand, realizing that in that moment, all of the structures of the bustling city of Myrtle Beach are spread out below and beyond, allowing you to see over the tops of high-rise hotels, and even the tallest church’s spire.
o remarking, as people experiencing a view from lofty vantage points are wont to do, about how tiny the cars far below appear, and how the people strolling on the boardwalk that snakes along the shore look like ants.
o sharing the wonder of the experience with family and friends, enjoying their varied responses to this unique adventure, gliding gently through the air in a transparent, climate-controlled “cocoon.”
o abandoning any fears or trepidation at the prospect of being part of a captive audience, sequentially swept to soaring heights – eight to ten stories above the earth, then completing the arc, descending earthward, only to begin the journey again and again.
o being warmly welcomed by smiling “flight attendants” who encouraged their passengers to enjoy this safe and wonderful experience, and who were more than willing to oblige passengers’ requests to snap group photos before and after their adventure.
Thankfully, my husband Ray and I no longer have to imagine what it would be like to actually climb onboard and ride the SkyWheel, which is the biggest ferris wheel we’ve ever seen in our lives! The experience was one of the many delights of our first-ever visit to Myrtle Beach. Having traveled from our mountain home in the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia, the trip was a welcome late-season respite, before the long months of winter set in.
We coordinated our getaway with longtime dear friends Bill and Nancy, to share a few days enjoying the area’s many offerings for visitors, as well as for those who call Myrtle Beach home. We met two of Bill and Nancy’s friends that day, locals Linda and Joe, who joined us to share our experience on the SkyWheel, followed by a leisurely sojourn on the glassed-in veranda of the Land Shark Bar and Grill beside the SkyWheel. There, sipping a refreshing Hurricane and savoring yummy appetizers, I so much enjoyed the camaraderie, and having the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the beach and the bustling boardwalk from a “feet firmly planted on the ground” perspective.
Myrtle Beach is a wonderful travel destination for folks of all ages and interests. It is host to wonderful restaurants and accommodations to fit every budget. Visitors can experience walking on the beach, exploring scenic gems like the marshes of Murrell’s Inlet a few miles down the road, or going to a nearby attraction to see alligators up close and personal, and, of course, the availability of hundreds of stores, which appeal to and meet the needs of ALL shopping enthusiasts. Best of all, it is a welcoming and comfortable place to relax and have fun. We’re already looking forward to our next opportunity to visit.