After yesterday’s sunset, I got up in time for this morning’s sunrise. I was there, but the sun slipped over the horizon and into the sky behind a dense layer of clouds with no colorful display. There is, however, much more to see than just the sunrise and I spent a couple of hours exploring several miles of beach and boardwalk.
It was cool, with a brisk onshore breeze and light surf. There was just enough predawn light for photos. There are several piers along the beach that provide interesting, if familiar, geometries of engineering for photography.
Farther along, a work barge with a heavy crane was lifting large sections of pipe into the water. I am told the pipe is to help drain rain water from the city. The work operation was supported by a tugboat and a Duck Boat–an amphibious vehicle that can drive
down the beach and into the water and perform as a boat. This one was clearly used as a work vehicle–not the more typical sight-seeing vehicle/vessel.
My destination along the beach was the 187-feet tall Myrtle Beach SkyWheel–a Ferris wheel with 42 glass-enclosed gondolas, each capable of carrying eight passengers.
From there I returned to my starting point along the 1.2 mile boardwalk, ranked 2nd or 3rd best in the United States by Travel and Leisure and National Geographic, respectively.