Last Saturday I picked up my friend, Nike, at 9:30 in the morning and we headed to Starbucks. After getting some coffee to jolt us into the day, we drove up the coast a bit to Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is also known internationally as "Surf City."
Years ago, when we were dating, Briefcase lived about a block from the beach in Huntington. We used to know every shop, restaurant and bar in the area but I don't spend a lot of time there now. The main reason I avoid Huntington Beach is simply the crowds. It's a big tourist spot, particularly in the summer.
By afternoon the HB pier gets so crowded you can barely walk on it. Here's a picture of this famous pier in the morning before the crowds got too large.
Surf City is well known for it's wide and expansive beaches.
It's also the frequent location of beach sporting events. There are beach volleyball courts all along the northern side of the pier.
On Saturday, the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing was taking place just south of the pier. Bleachers were set up for specators and an impressive collection of surfing talent was on display.
Nike and I had not come for the beach though. We came because I wanted a pair of very "touristy" flip flops to wear back to Chicago this week. While all the other women wear high heels and business attire, I thought I'd make myself easily identifiable. While I sit in conferences all day and spend time meeting and chatting with Famous People during breaks, I'll be wearing my new OC flip flops.
I think they're awesome!
I know someone will email and ask, so let me tell you upfront that my toenail polish is by OPI and it's called Purple With a Purpose.
I don't know what Purple's purpose is, but does it matter?
We found the flip flops in one of the many tourist shops on Main Street straight up from the pier.
Main Street in Surf City is always crowded. There are a lot of surfing related and tourist shops. There are also a lot of restaurants and they're always crowded with outside diners.
If you walk around the corner you find the International Surf Museum. Inside there are various tributes to surfers.
By the time we were done walking the shops the beach was getting really crowded.
I tossed my new flip flops in my car and Nike and I left Huntington. It was a beautiful day. We enjoyed a nice ride down the coast on our way home.
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