Huntington Beach State Park

Meg and I just got back last night from spending a few days at Myrtle Beach with the Forever Young group at our church. It was just a great trip. Tuesday we had the day free, and Meg and I headed down to Huntington Beach. Last year, at Shea’s suggestion, Little Hope brought some college friends there – one had never seen the ocean. The college kids had a great time, so Meg really wanted to see where they had gone. We spent a couple of hours walking on the beach (beautiful) and then went over to check out the gift shop – and mostly to get bottles of water. This display was outside of giant Adirondack chairs. So cute.

We spent the rest of the day exploring Atalaya Castle, the summer home there of Archer and Anna Huntington. The story of their lives was so interesting, as was the house that they built. There was a fireplace in every room – this was Archer’s study – and the plan had been to use the wood on the property – they owned 6500 acres – to heat the house, which was made entirely of bricks. But with that many rooms and that many fireplaces, that was just too labor intensive, so they converted them all to coal burning fireplaces. I thought that was very interesting. It was a great first day of our trip.