A 3 A.M. Fire Alarm Sends Us on Our Way
A 3am fire alarm at the Ocean Reef Resort provides us our exit song as we say goodbye Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after a month-long stay.
As it turns out, I actually missed a couple of places we visited in Myrtle Beach during our November 2016 Road Trip. When I first started working on editing pictures for the website, the sheer number of pictures for Brookgreen Gardens was a bit daunting, and I skipped over them in favor of working on attractions with fewer pictures to edit. Unfortunately for me (and for your continuity with our trip), that meant I started publishing posts of where we traveled after we left Myrtle Beach, without publishing Brookgreen Gardens or a few other places in Myrtle Beach. These posts, then, are a visit back to our time in Myrtle Beach. While they will show up in their correct spot on the road map of our trip (based on the date we actually visited them), the post timeline will be a bit off, so bear with me as we try to play a little catch-up.
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With a big day planned, we had our alarms set for 4 am. Unfortunately, it turns out someone at the Ocean Reef Resort didn’t want us to sleep that long. At 3am, an alarm woke us up. Not our clock alarm – it was a fire alarm. At first, the disorientation of being woken up unexpected had me confused. I thought we had left a burner on or something. With the piercing alarm making speaking nigh impossible, I threw open our room door, only to hear the alarm ringing out in the hallway as well. Grabbing the camera, we hustled outside with the rest of the guests.
Oddly enough, as we were going down the stairs, we almost ran into two people chatting calmly in the stairway. With the alarms blaring out right over their head, we had no idea how they could hear each other at all. And yet, there they stood, chatting away calmly. It was odd.
Once we got outside, the street was lit up with everything the emergency services could throw at the situation. Cop cars. Ambulances. Fire engines. Everyone was there. Despite all the personnel, none of us could get a straight answer as to what was going on.
As we congregated outside, we could see flashlights going through the upper floors. Were they investigating? Were they trying to put out the fire? We had no idea. Eventually, a woman was brought out, and her rambling intoxicated voice was evident….but didn’t make any sense. Handcuffed and seated near the entrance, it seemed that she was the cause of the brouhaha, although why didn’t really come out.
Finally, more than an hour after we had originally been aroused, the fire alarm was finally shut off. and we were finally allowed back in. Buzzed from the excitement – and already past our set alarm wake-up, we didn’t think we were going to be able to go back to sleep. But, as the adrenaline wore off, we quickly passed out…only to wake at 7am.
As we rushed to load things into the car and check out, we were happy to be leaving Myrtle Beach. While it had been an interesting experience, we were excited for all the things we had planned for the trip home. Sure, the fire alarm kind of put a damper on our last night, and we were getting a late start, but, even though we were still a bit tired, we were excited to see where the day would take us.
Stick around, and stay tuned for where we head to first!