As a child I was lucky enough to spend every summer living right beside the sea. My family owned a mobile home (or I guess it’s called a trailer here in the US) that was half a mile from a beautiful beach on the east coast of Ireland. As long as it wasn’t raining we went to the beach every day for hours, we swam in the freezing cold ocean until we turned blue and couldn’t stop shivering and then we ran through the sand dunes until we warmed up. That sense of what summer is has never left me and now I feel like the summer isn’t complete without at least one trip to the beach. So this past weekend we packed up the tent and headed to Huntington Beach State Park, which is one of the most popular state parks in South Carolina and near impossible to get a site in at short notice – I think we must have gotten a last minute cancellation and I scooped up the reservation instantly.
As soon as we arrived I could easily see why it’s so popular. The campsite was big, the sites themselves were spaced out meaning that the campsite was blissfully quiet and there was beach access a couple of paces away from the site. The beach was beautiful white sand that was packed tight and great for walking on and the ocean was warm – a warm ocean! Ah it was so peaceful.
The state park is also a marsh land area so there was a lot of wildlife in the area – turtles nest on the beach (but we didn’t see any), birds eat along the edges of the marsh, fiddler crabs scurry across the sand/mud at low tide and there are even alligators that appear at high tide. We spotted one from the car and stopped to get a closer look and snapped this fellow waiting to cross the road. He was about 4 foot long and moved a lot faster than I expected!
I got to play around with my camera a good bit this weekend, and even though I’m getting more and more frustrated with it because it refuses to focus a lot of the time, I enjoyed experimenting with the shutter speed to try capturing the impressive sunset over the marsh. I must remember to pack the tripod in future.
Unfortunately though it was hotter than seven hells inside the tent! The humidity was really high and we had to sit through a short thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon and I thought I was going to melt. It was too hot to even contemplate sitting around a campfire. I think we’ll wait another month before doing another beach trip to allow it to cool down. But the glorious beach made up for the heat of the tent – well worth it!