Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 1/21/2014

JANUARY 21, 2014 (Tuesday)

 

Woke to sunshine. The cold front is supposed to move in tonight and it’s going to get cold.

We were up and out the door pretty early for us (around 11:00 AM). We headed to Cracker Barrel to return our book on tape and to have lunch (not necessarily in that order).  Lexi had a pancake breakfast, Michael had the chicken salad and baked potato special that we had last week, and I had a pot pie special. After lunch we headed to Murrells Inlet to go to Brookgreen Gardens.

Pretty smart with the audio books that keep bringing us back.

Pretty smart with the audio books that keep bringing us back.

My backed potato and grilled chicken salad.

My backed potato and grilled chicken salad.

Lex's eggs and bacon.  Edie ate one piece of the bacon, I had one and half her eggs.

Lex’s eggs and bacon. Edie ate one piece of the bacon, I had one and half her eggs.

Lex's pancakes, Edie got about 5 good bites.

Lex’s pancakes, Edie got about 5 good bites.

Edie's pot pie and salad.  She didn't like the taste of the beef, pulled it out and left it all on her plate.

Edie’s pot pie and salad. She didn’t like the taste of the beef, pulled it out and left it all on her plate.

We really didn’t know what to expect at Brookgreen Gardens – so everything was fun and wonderful. We opted to do the zoo part first. Really enjoyed the river otters. They put on quite the show of fighting and playing in the water. Lexi decided she wanted one as a pet. Also enjoyed seeing eagles and all the other birds. We also got to see foxes in trees. Exciting. Nice little zoo.

On the way to the garden.

On the way to the garden.

At the entrance, a huge and beautiful statue.

At the entrance, a huge and beautiful statue.

Grand drive and entrance, really expect to see the Biltmore pop up at any time.

Grand drive and entrance, really expect to see the Biltmore pop up at any time.

Wild turkeys.

Wild turkeys.

Well put info.

Well put info.

Youth taming the Wild.

Youth taming the wild.

Indian.

Indian.

So many....

So many….

So many.

So many.

Scratching deer.

Scratching deer.

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Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

Birds.

River Otters.

River otters.

Statue.

Statue.

 

Alligator.

Alligator.

 

Red Fox.

Red fox.

Fox way up in a tree.

Fox way up in a tree.

Bald Eagles.  In the cage due to damaged wings.

Bald eagles. In the cage due to damaged wings.

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Barred Owl.

Barred owl.

 

Turkey Vulture.

Turkey vulture.

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Wolfhound vs Wolf

Wolfhound vs Wolf

 

Dave and LoraLee were a very nice couple from Utah with their very tough grandson in tow.

Dave and LoraLee were a very nice couple from Utah with their very tough grandson in tow.

After that we went to the gardens part, which are not really gardens like you would expect, but sculpture and gardens. Very beautiful. All very different and all very lovely. We plan on going back so we can see more as we felt rushed and want to spend more time. We also met some lovely people from Utah. Dave and Loralee. They were here visiting their kids and grandkids.

On the way to the garden.

On the way to the garden.

Statues.

Statues.

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This one is called "Awakening"

This one is called “Awakening”

 

Edie's penchant.

Edie’s penchant.

A lovely statue, but an odd face.

A lovely statue, but an odd face.

Pretty woman contemplating beauty.

Pretty woman contemplating beauty.

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At the gift shop.

At the gift shop.

The brass art in the gift shop is great.

The brass art in the gift shop is great.

 

Brass works.

Brass works.

 

Expensive brass works.

Expensive brass works.

 

Nice glass works.

Nice glass works.

 

The brass work is excellent.

The brass work is excellent.

Great detail.

Great magnifying glass holders.

 

Beautiful wood.

Beautiful wood.

 

Reasonably priced.

Reasonably priced.

Fun art peeking at you around every corner.

Fun art peeking at you around every corner.

 

Pretty pottery.

Pretty pottery.

 

Peacocks.

Peacocks.

A tribute to the benefactors.

A tribute to the benefactors.

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Diana

Diana

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Pretty woman flirting with a stone cold stranger!

Pretty woman flirting with a stone cold stranger!

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We gave up.  The tickets are good for 6 days and we will go back and finish looking at the art.

We gave up. The tickets are good for 6 days and we will go back and finish looking at the art.

We left and headed to the Food Lion to pick up a few things. Then we had to stop at the front desk at our “home” to get another key as we had locked ourselves out when we left (first time; doing pretty good I think).

Today's grocery store.

Today’s grocery store.

The cutest dog left in a car that I have seen in a long time.  He really wanted to play and lick.

The cutest dog that I have seen in a long time. He really wanted to get out of the car and play and lick.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

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