Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2023

54 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com feature THE DRIVE My husband, toddler and I hopped into the jeep with a few snacks, access to GPS and not much else. We had only one plan: drive up to Huntington Beach State Park, then work our way back. What we ended up seeing, eating and doing were luck of the draw. The only rules were no bad music and no bad vibes. So, we put on low-key tunes by a band I highly recommend for lazy days, called The Midnight and started on the easy 70-mile, hour-andfifteen-minute trek through palmettos and winding waterways to Huntington Beach State Park. The lyrics belted, “it tastes so sweet, it hurts a little.” Then I cracked the window and smelled the salt in the air and the pine needles on the ground. A great day was born. HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK Once at Huntington Beach, we paid the reasonable eight bucks per person to get into the virtually untouched seascape decorated by wild growth and sandy shores. My daughter Allyn ran immediately to the enormous playground before spotting a tree with perfect climbing branches. We climbed up as a family and spotted the ocean from a high branch. Naturally, the water beckoned us. In seconds, our shoes and socks were off, and I was turning cartwheels while