Myrtle Beach 2022 – Swim Brief Time
We kicked off summer with a vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. Well, technically it was North Myrtle Beach. Personally, I prefer Outer Banks over Myrtle Beach, but the wife’s parents like the entertainment offerings in Myrtle Beach. We ended up staying in the same condo complex we stayed at a few years back, so I had an idea of what I would encounter. The complex had two eighteen floor towers with 5 condos per floor. It offered an outdoor pool and a lazy river and all the condos offered oceanfront views. So if my math is correct that would be 180 condos at the complex.
In preparation for the trip, I acquired 4 new swim briefs. I was looking for some with slightly more coverage than what was in my drawer. I feel the clientele in Myrtle Beach is a bit prudish or maybe I should say narrow minded. You can read my post about a previous trip in 2015 that includes a link to a swim brief negative post by a condo rental place. Then my in-laws were coming along, so thought a tad more coverage would give me a little more confidence for the trip. The one suit I ended up not taking, since it was going to show too much VPL with the colors of it. Then the other one ended up being the same coverage of a Speedo Solar, but I took it along. I ended up only taking 6 swimsuits on the trip.
If you read my post I mentioned above, I really don’t recommend Myrtle Beach for a swim brief destination. This is especially so if you’re not seasoned. Between wearing them regularly locally for the last 5 years or so, the wife and kids along, and interacting with like minded people here and on social media, I’ve been able to keep my head in a good place for being able to break out the swim brief. Of course there are some butterflies with a new experience and really when a new swim brief season comes along.
Our condo rental was Saturday to Saturday, but the arrival and departure days were pretty much useless days. We arrived there a little after 5 to a madhouse of people unloading. I don’t know how long we waited for the elevator to just unload my in-laws car. Once we took care of them my wife and I decided to wait to unload ours and run to get some groceries. By the time we did that and unloaded our car it was already a little after 9. We promised the kids some pool time, which was only open until 10, so we had to rush and get ready. My wife got the kids ready while I returned the car to the parking garage. When I got back to the condo I found my vintage Speedo Endurance suit I got off eBay for the trip on the bed. It’s pretty similar in coverage as the Speedo Solars I have. It’s the one I packed for the hotel pool if we had time on our stop on the way down, which we didn’t. I threw it on quickly with a pair of shorts and t-shirt over it and headed to the pool. There were only a handful of people in the pool and several in the hot tub, so that made it fairly comfortable to strip down to my swim brief. We only got about a half hour in before the pool closed, but it was a good way to get a start in for a swim brief wearing vacation.
We never got an early beach start with the kids staying up later than normal. We usually let them sleep until they woke up. So the beach was pretty much busy when we arrived each day. However we splurged and rented chairs and an umbrella, so we arrived at a place already reserved for us. That might have made it worth the price for renting them.
Day 1 – Swim Brief Vacay Begins
I started off our first day in my blue print Turlock & Co. swim brief. I really had no inhibition about taking my shorts and shirt off when we found our chairs. It felt pretty natural to do so. We didn’t stay at the chairs long, since the kids were ready for the water and waves. Probably spent an hour doing that before heading back to the chairs, so they could play in the sand. The wife and I enjoyed the chairs between trips to the water’s edge for more water or cleaning of hands. Then another round of frolicking in the waves before the kids were ready to head up to the condo. Nice thing was with the in-laws along they were able to keep an eye on the kids while my wife and I used the chairs a bit longer. Then we ate supper and headed for the lazy river and pool a little after that. We started with the lazy river since it was on our tower side. I kept with the same swim brief and there were a few people there, but not like earlier in the day. When we switched to the pool which was at the other tower I didn’t cover up with it being a short journey out a gate, across a pathway, and through the next gate. Again, it wasn’t really busy, but several people were there. When we were done, I wrapped a towel around my waist and we headed up. It was a solid day with me feeling pretty comfortable in my swim brief.
Day 2 – More Turlock & Co Swim Brief
Day two had a pretty similar story as day one. I wore my other Turlock & Co suit that is red and blue and some white. Again we arrived with a full beach. Found our chairs, stripped down to the swim brief, and headed for the waves. They were in and out of the water again. Then we ate lunch on the beach and soon after they were ready to head back to the condo. Again the wife and I were able to head back to the beach for a bit. This time we decided to take a walk. So we walked up the shoreline for probably 15 minutes before heading back to the chairs. At times on the walk I kind of had some self confidence lapses probably because it isn’t something I have done much of. With the wife beside me it helped keep my mind at ease, since she supports my swimwear choice. Like the previous day we hit the pool and lazy river after dinner. I stuck with the same swim brief again.
Day 3 – Pool in Speedo Shoreline
On day three we ended up skipping the beach to go to the aquarium and do some other things in that area. We were able to make the pool and lazy river later in the evening. I decided on my black Speedo Shoreline swim brief this go, since it hadn’t been that busy in the evenings. As I assumed it wasn’t that many people, but still a couple dozen between the two areas. I still wore my Speedo proudly between the two areas.
Day 4 – Slugger Swim Brief Say What?
It was day four when things happened a bit differently. We started out the day as normal with a late start to the beach. I went with my Slugger’s classic swim brief, which was my last of my slightly more conservative options. With it being closer to low tide there were some small pools of water where the kids played in the sand for a bit. So we stood there a while and watched them and then they wanted to play and jump in the waves. Once they tired out doing that we ate our lunch at our spot and the kids ended up going back to the condo to rest. Where things changed up a bit was after my wife and I sat in the chairs for a while. We went up to get the kids ready for the pool and lazy river. We were going to go to a show in the evening, so we had to go earlier for them to be able to enjoy some time in them. Again I just stuck with the same swim brief as I did for the beach. It was much busier than the evening time, but not completely packed. We were about to hit up the lazy river and my wife thought we should go to the pool first, since her parents were going to come down and watch the kids (save the father-in-law a little bit of walking). I was already down to my swim brief, so we gathered our stuff up and headed to the other side for the pool. When we got to the gate where the pool was, a young teen held the gate open for us. As I went through and said thank you, he said he liked my Speedo. I responded with a polite thank you and continued on. I think he was sincere in his remark, since I think he probably did like the print of it. This was the first time someone made a remark about my swimsuit to me, since I started wearing them in public. Once the in-laws were down and seated at the lazy river we headed over. I toweled off, but draped the towel around my neck. I figured I needed to do my best display of confidence. This would be the first time they really would see me close up in a swim brief. They should have seen a photo of me in a photo book that has been around a few years and then from the condo balcony from a distance earlier in the week. I marched on over and then set our stuff down beside them. Then I walked down to get some tubes for the lazy river. Of course they didn’t say anything about it in front of me. Oddly enough on the same day and not far apart I had the second remark about my swim brief. This was an immature stereotypical one. I will go into more details in a later post on it. I’ll just say it didn’t stop me from continuing my swim brief wearing the remainder of vacation.
Day 5 – Can’t Stop the Swim Brief
Time for day 5 and a repeat pretty much of day one. I went back to my blue print Turlock & Co suit. We got to the beach after most were there. Now one change from the previous day was we got the kids boogie boards or whatever they are called, so they could ride the waves. So instead of them jumping and playing in them, I tried to help them catch them. That got them to stay out quite a bit in the water. We had our lunch. Then we did a little looking for seashells with it being low tide. After that, the kids went back to the condo to wait for pool time while my wife and I relaxed in the chairs. After supper again we went to the pool and lazy river. This time my mother-in-law came along. She told the kids she’d come to the pool earlier in the week at some point. So after the kids and I floated the lazy river we went to the pool where we all got in. Again not a lot of people in the evening and I stuck with the same suit.
Day 6 – Swim Brief is Underwear?
Day 6 and our last day was again pretty much a do over of the day before. I went with my other Turlock & Co suit. Think we got a tad earlier of a start. After setting up, the kids wanted to go ride the waves. Then came the third time for remarks about my swim brief. Two little twerps (boy and girl), which I’m not sure about age. If I guessed, I’d say not older than 10. They started yelling something like I like your underwear red, white, and blue and kept on repeating. I just pretended I didn’t hear them. My kids didn’t mention anything about it, so I don’t know if they didn’t actually hear them or had no clue it was directed at me. I’ll expand in my later post a little more on this incident too. I just went on with my business the remainder of the day. Eventually, our kids went to the condo and my wife and I stayed in our chairs a good portion of the afternoon. With having to be out by 10 the next day, we ended up doing some packing before hitting the pool and lazy river one last time. As with all week I stuck with the same suit as the beach. The in-laws joined us for this round. I stripped down to my swim brief at the lazy river as the in-laws sat and watched us float around. Then we got out and all made the trip to the pool this time. Swim brief only for me for the short walk. My mother-in-law joined us in the pool and my father-in-law just watched from a chair.
So did that read give you the Groundhog Day movie feel? Overall it was a great trip that allowed me a lot of swim brief time. The most I have had in a summer and hopefully more to come locally. I’d also say the most people I have worn a swim brief in front of. Unfortunately, I was the lone swim brief wearer. I did see a handful of guys in shorter swim trunks, which was at least nice. The women were in a variety of coverages and even some sightings of what were really thongs. Then the accomplishment of fully introducing the in-laws to my swim brief wearing was a success. For me it was a pretty satisfying swim brief wearing trip.