If you believe that this life is all there is and there is no greater power than man, you must walk to the end of this pier at sunset.
Although we’ve vacationed at Pawleys Island, SC for over 35 years, we’ve never stood on Pawleys Pier. We’ve stood around it — left side, right side — and looked up at it from the beach. We’ve stood at a distance and taken pictures of storms rolling in and of our kids standing firm as waves crashed around them. We’ve even found the best spot for catching the sunrise — just right of the pier, looking under and through the stout, sturdy poles.
But we’d never been ON the pier before this summer. Pawleys Pier is private, open only to owners of the condos at Pawleys Pier Village — and renters like us who get to “borrow” the pier for a while as we soak up the ambiance of Pawleys North End.
The pier may be at its finest in the early hours of day when aspirations of catching fish are at their loftiest. Old and young, men and women, experienced and novice — all arrive at the pier looking to catch something, anything. Or looking for a good time trying.
And the pier serves all of us — fishermen and plain ol’ watchers — with anchors for poles, benches for sitting, tables for cleaning, and rails to rest on.
When we saw one man tugging away at his line, we asked him what he was catching. His reply? “Pier Fish.” My innocence about all things fishy made me ask, thinking this was some ocean fish, maybe even a big catch, but I stood corrected: “No, ma’am. This isn’t a fish. I’ve caught the pier!”
It’s hard to believe that in seven days at the beach, we didn’t fish even once. But we took advantage of the pier each and every day — greeting the sun, talking with the guys with poles, and looking out at the North End beach.
After all, the best thing about a pier is that feeling of being out in the ocean with the world wrapped all around you!
Enjoy the pier,
Rusha & Bert