Trip Journal

Another trip to Myrtle Beach departing April 26, 2024. Check back to see the photos and all the neat places we see. If you didn’t get to go this year, we’re having another trip next year departing April 24, 2025.

April 26, 2024 Friday

Our first day on the road, it was a cool start encountering heavy rains south of Chicago. The weather cleared in Indianapolis. Tonight we stay at the Hampton Inn in Richmond Indiana.

April 27, 2024 Saturday

Today it reached the high 70’s. In the afternoons we stopped in Beckley West Virginia at the Exhibition Coal Camp. We were able to see the miners home, church and school. The highlight  was when a retired miner took us underground into the mine and explained the tough work the miners of the 1800’s and early 1900’s endured. Tonight we’re staying in Mount Airy North Carolina, the hometown of Andy Griffith.

April 28, 2024 Sunday

Our third day and another great tour. Mount Airy North Carolina is the hometown of Andy Griffin and much of the Andy Griffin show is based on actual residents and streets of his hometown. Around the city we drove stopping at the granite quarry, spotting churches and ending up at Wally’s garage for pictures and a visit to the courthouse and jail. Before we left town we toured the museum and went to lunch. The next two nights are at the Beach Cove Resort in Myrtle Beach. Everyone has a balcony condo with a view of the ocean. Tonight we had a seafood buffet at the Giant Crab. Sunny most of the day with highs in the upper 70’s.

April 29, 2024 Monday

Sunny and mid to high 70’s all day. A planned free day at beach was perfect. A shuttle bus was available for trips to shopping and lunch at Bare Foot landing. Tonight dinner was included and then the show “ICONIC” at the Alabama Theater. Rock, pop country, all genres of music with some Broadway songs from A Little Mermaid and Aladdin, the costumes and dancing were the best.

April 30, 2024 Tuesday

A sunny day in the 70’s & 80’s. We toured the Boone Hall Planation this morning riding a wagon around the Planation, entering the Mansion and admiring the beautiful flower gardens. In the afternoon we stopped at Patriots Point to board the USS Aircraft Carrier Yorktown and had access all over the ship. On land, there was a Viet Nam encampment with all types of equipment and displays. In Charleston we are staying at the Fairfield Inn for the next two nights.

May 1, 2024 Wednesday

Today in Charleston, we had a local board our bus for a tour highlighting some of the best sites, beautiful homes, the Citadel, and stories of interesting history. In the City Marketplace and surrounding area we had time for lunch and shopping. Our last event was a trip to Fort Sumter. The weather changed with sparse dribbles of rain and high humidity.

May 2, 2024 Thursday

It is a sunny day with temperatures heating up. High 70’s to mid  80’s. We are traveling to Pigeon Forge Tennessee. With an early check in, we had time to enjoy the hotel, some shopping or just taking a break. Tonight we have a group dinner then attend the show Country Tonight.




May 3, 2024 Friday

Todays travels took us to Schimpff’s Candy Confectionary. This candy store has been in the same family making candy just outside Louisville for 130 years. We had good demonstration of how their signature cinnamon flavored hard candy is made. They also make chocolates and numerous other candies. Inside is a museum a great gift shop for some last minute souvenirs. Tonight we stay at the Hilton Doubletree in Lafayette Indiana.