Positive conversations with old and new friends. I'd love for you to join me on my back porch.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park is a fun place to visit in Murrells Inlet, SC. Now that we live near the beach, Tim and I don't ever want to take it for granted. Huntington is the closest beach to us, and we enjoy visiting it often.

Besides three miles of beach, you can visit a national historic landmark, Atalaya. It was the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. It's referred to as the castle and has a Spanish influence.

In 2016 lightning started a fire that destroyed the Nature Center, and they are now raising money to build a new center.

The center was destroyed before we moved to SC and we never visited it. I was told it contained nature exhibits with reptiles, snakes, fish and aquariums. They also hosted educational programs. It looks to me as if the area is been cleared of the damage and mayb e they are ready to focus on rebuilding now.

If you are in this area, I hope you take time to visit Huntington Beach State Park. It's more than a beach and more than a park. It's a great place to enjoy nature and explore the many wonders God has given us. And who knows, by the time you visit, the nature center may be a reality.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Carolina Sea Glass

I've always been fascinated to look for shells and sea glass while walking the beach. Most of my beach time has been in South Carolina and North Carolina. I've found clear, white, brown and green sea glass over the years. Some pieces are big and some are tiny, and I imagine every piece must have a story.

Some people call these pieces beach glass or mermaid tears. Years in the sea have softened the sharp glass edges and frosted the color.

I used to wonder why I never found blue or purple sea glass on the coast of Carolina. My research revealed Fort Bragg, California and Kauai Island in Hawaii are the best places to search for a wider variety in colors. One reason is the beach in California used to be a dumpsite for glass.

Here are a couple of tips if you want to start collecting sea glass on your next trip to the beach.

The best time of day is before the tide goes out. The sunnier the better for catching reflections on the glass. After a storm is also a great time for finding glass that has been stirred up by the rough water.

I hope you enjoy looking for these little treasures. I keep my sea glass in a big jar on my book shelves and it makes me smile.

"God never wastes anything. He would not give you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless he intended to use them for his glory." Pastor Rick Warren

It may be far fetched, but if God can redeem a broken piece of glass in the ocean, how much more does He love us and want to redeem us?

Ephesians 1:7-10
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.


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