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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

Despite the outpouring of support from our kind readers (thank you!), Lucy's death so quickly on the heels of Artemesia's sent me and Mark reeling. On a whim, we filled extra feeders and waterers for the animals left behind, hopped in the car, and drove to the very closest beach to our farm --- Myrtle.

Forest Dunes Myrtle Beach

The oceanfront suite we nabbed at a steep discount felt strangely private despite being one of hundreds at Forest Dunes. Even better, opening the door onto our hefty balcony let in the sights, smells, and sounds of the sea. This is the closest I've ever slept to the beach and I reveled in snoozing to the soundtrack of waves breaking against the shore.


Watching the sun rise from my bed was quite a treat as well.

Ring-billed gull

Of course, Myrtle Beach isn't a very natural seashore. Wildlife sightings consisted of scads of gulls (three different species), a couple of plovers, a fish crow or two, and a few flocks of pelicans. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed four long walks on the beach and one cold but invigorating swim in the ocean. Really, just sitting on that balcony would have been enough to make the drive worthwhile.

Cloudy Myrtle Beach

Two nights was just long enough to remind us that the world is full of peace and joy before we drove back to our waiting farm. Despite our ancient car, which finished the drive held together by two long pieces of gaffer's tape and a dilapidated shoelace, we feel so grateful to have chosen a lifestyle that allows us to take the time we need to fill the hole in our hearts. And thank you for following along on our journey!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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mark and anna-- I'm so thankful every day to you both for what you share with us on your blog. It's such a joy, so sweet, so informative, and joyful. You open yourselves up to us generously. I'm glad you have taken time away. Take whatever time away that you need. Feed your souls. As a reader, I can say it was thoughtful of you that you told us you needed a break. Makes me feel more like we're your neighbors, not strangers. Thank you. Glad your trip was peaceful and healing.
Comment by jennifer Sat Apr 1 10:12:17 2017
MB tends to have that effect, we go every year for the same reason. I'm so sorry for your losses, and their timing. But I am glad that you were able to get away for a little while to recharge.
Comment by Nichole Sat Apr 1 10:17:49 2017
Thank you so much for letting us have a peek at your lives-- I'm so glad you are taking a little time to heal. I'm sending you happy healing vibes-- happier days to come! Your friend in WV,Kim
Comment by Kim Sat Apr 1 12:13:28 2017
I'm glad you were able to take the time to have a recharge. The sea is the perfect place.
Comment by Kat Sat Apr 1 13:29:24 2017

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