Alligator at Myrtlewood Villas
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Intimate Encounters: The Alligator at Myrtle Beach

Am going to take you on a quick visual tour; so while you read this, please pretend (at least try) that your eyes are closed while you visualize what I am saying, and it’s me who is reading this aloud for you:

Just imagine, it’s been a while since you went on a vacation with your spouse. So you make the perfect plan and pack your bags to go to that romantic, enticing and beautiful beach city that you’ve always wanted to go to (with your significant other in tow). You get into your SUV and drive an amazing distance of 6 hours with just one pit-stop for a quick lunch! Your aim is to get to the place as quickly as possible, after all.

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Now, can life get any better. This time you decide that hotels are passé and you will stray… oops, stay at a Condo instead. So after a spectacular 6 hour drive you land straight into a Golf Course Resort. At first the place looks normal. I mean nice, but you are still apprehensive and anxious to see what’s in store, remember while you didn’t say it, but the ‘x’th honeymoon was on your mind when you planned on going to such an ‘avant-garde’ kinda place! You check in and you realize your one bedroom suite is on the ground level. Ummm, exciting! You get in with your bag, baggage and spouse, and are happy with what you see. The bedroom looks deliciously comfortable, the bathroom is just the way you like it; you walk out and then see the kitchen. “Nice” exclaim you and your better half. Keep walking and the living room appears. It is beautifully laid, and then the ‘eureka’ moment. The french doors!!! Yipee… You can’t hold back your excitement now…

The french doors open straight into the lawn after the one and a half foot long concrete patio that houses two chairs to enjoy your morning beverage. Shrubs on either side and you walk barefoot into the beautiful green lawn. And then just ten feet out of that sliding door you just opened and stepped onto the lawn (yep, just about ten feet away) you reach the lake (you get the picture right??). You take wee steps on the lawn, slowly and steadily, admiring the golf course on the other side of the lake, the trees, the greenery, the beauty. “How fascinating” you tell yourself and look towards your spouse who is just two feet behind you, with an eager smile on your face. When you look at him, he doesn’t return the smile. Instead he has those scary eyes and a shocked expression which just stops short of shouting. I follow his gaze and feel two big eyes on me, all of a sudden. You know, your husband’s gaze as well as your sixth sense tells you where to look, straight at the lake! And guess who’s staring at you… A three feet long ALLIGATOR!!! OMG! Cute! Okay!

The stone-faced alligator at Myrtlewood Villas

The stone-faced alligator at Myrtlewood Villas


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But here? I mean, my suite is just ten measured counts away. Make that feet! The cutie-pie can just walk up and land straight into the living room. Perhaps to break bread with us, or if he (I just assumed) wasn’t in the mood, perhaps for a cuppa. Oh well! Intimate encounter indeed. But, I do call this utter bliss… What more could we ask for? In nature’s lap (thankfully not into the alligator’s though).

Here’s a picture of my husband sitting on the little patio outside the french doors, to give you a glimpse of what I just read aloud to you 🙂

My husband Desh with his morning tea right outside our the infamous 'french doors' :-)

My husband Desh with his morning tea right outside our the infamous ‘french doors’ :-)


While traveling, one does go through a lot of queer, interesting and sometimes scary adventures. Do you have a similar story to share? I’d love to hear!

Love, Archie

P.S. We ensured that we closed the sliding door right behind us after we took this picture… Sometimes ‘cute’ friends are better off outside, right? 😂

P.S.2: We were at Myrtle Beach and stayed at the Myrtlewood Villas. Lots of detailed posts coming up soon!

One who is born with wings has many stories to tell. I was a born wayfaring story-teller! But then, how does a chirpy story-teller who also has wings on her back and wheels on her feet find a colossal audience to recount those sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes eccentric encounters. I realised there was no other way I could narrate my tales to the world unless i started penning them down in black and white. That's how TravelwithArchie was born. I love calling myself a vagabond! One who dreams about places and then travels there to see how they look in the real world. Come, borrow my wings for a while and see the world with my lens!

  • Don’t remember any ‘cute’ neighbours on my travels, except water buffalo on the lawn in India (Varanasi). Or do cicadas count?

    • No no Roland, cicadas don’t qualify because they aren’t cute (read: pathetically dangerously looking) enough! 🙂 But the buffaloes must have been such a sight, and it is a very common sight in the interiors of India anyways.
      Btw, I’d rather NOT have such encounters 🙂

      • Remember once in Nepal being told that the toilet was round the back, behind the water buffalo – and it was. Water buffalo was in no hurry to move anywhere else.

  • Amazing pics, Archana. Your travel tales are always interesting.

    • Thanks much Anwesha… always a pleasure to hear that my friends enjoyed the post. It keeps me going 🙂 Cheers!

  • Divya Deepak Rao

    Amazing read Archie but I do hope you didn’t have nighmares because I would have freeeaked outd!!

    • Hi Divya – welcome to #TravelwithArchie! Nope, no nightmares at all. the husband was close to me all the time… hahaha 🙂 Thanks much for the appreciation and do keep stopping by… lovely to have you over 🙂

  • Pranju Chakrapani

    I wish I had a SUV and the cutie-pie by my side 😛 . A very nice visual trip.

    • Hahaha… ROFL actually… no no, trust me you don’t wish for such a cutie-pie next to you… it’s nice to say and visualize but not exactly nice when it is just 10 feet away and can easily access your room! 😉
      The SUV? Good luck for that one… cause it does make road trips an amazing thing to do!

      Thank you so much for your valuable comment and appreciation, Pranju and welcome to #TravelwithArchie! Hope to see you here often! Cheers 🙂

  • That just reminds me of movies like Lake Placid and all. A Scary adventure indeed.

  • U K

    Wow..this is awesome.. 🙂


    Really enjoyed reading your scary but fascinating experience.

  • i b arora

    turning out to be a great photographer, keep it up

  • Rajni Sinha

    Did all that you asked us to do , closed my eyes , climbed into the SUV , had that short lunch , and finally reached the destination –loved the ambiance , the bedroom was indeed luxurious the kitchen out of this world and the french doors GREAT until of course I saw that visitor of yours the “cutie pie” –what a hair raising experience —excellent narration beautiful pics you have me hooked Lovely write up –I too have had sort of a similar experiences do read my

  • Nice read Archie. Just imagine you had landed after sunset and thought of spending some cool moments near the lakeside, sitting on the green grass and enjoying the cold water by immersing your feet. And by chance if those two eyes had stared at you, it would have been an intimidating encounter.

  • sunita

    Still have my eyes closed..even with the eyes closed, can feel the big alli’s eye on top of his head staring into mine…sharing a similar experience while on a trip to Bannerghata national park…took a short cut that was an adventurous journey through the swamp..we were not aware of crocs crossing until one of them looked straight into our eyes..

  • One of the best travel tale.

  • Priyanka

    Oh Gosh! That would have been quite an experience!

  • Purba Chakraborty

    wow! What an amazing adventure! Had a great time reading it, Archana. Superb narration 🙂

  • Rashmi Rao

    I would be petrified!!

  • Kritika Sharma

    Wow Amazing experience… Very nicely narrated as well 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Good to see you back, waiting for more posts. Enjoyed reading it, few months back i have gone through almost a similar experience.

  • Jyothi D’mello

    Woah… that’s quite an adventures encounter. Glad you still managed to take a pic 🙂

  • Aww… with such a ‘cute’ hubby, who needs neighbors? 😉

  • Aniruddha Shrivastava

    Amazing pics.


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