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Huntington Things to Do

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    by treerose Written Nov 16, 2003

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    If it's summer and you're near Huntington, take time to stop by Huntington Reservoir Beach and cool off!
    Whether you prefer swimming, fishing, boating or other watercraft, Huntington Beach affords it all. With two separate campgrounds and accompanying boat launches, access to the water is easy.

    If it's spring or autumn and too cool to get wet, there is plenty of trails to either hike or mountain bike in the woods surrounding the campground and view the foliage. If flying model aircraft catches your fancy, there is an area dedicated to practicing gas powered and electric airplanes, with organized meetings held every so often.

    If you have a hunting streak, they also have an archery and a gun range to improve your aim. And you can hunt in many of the surrounding areas in the fall and winter.

    As you can see, there's something for nearly everyone at the Huntington Reservoir.

    Shoreline of Huntington Beach
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    by treerose Updated Apr 5, 2003

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    George's is a quaint little restaurant with all-American food, including thick shakes and malts (I believe they even make a marshmallow shake for the true sweet-tooth). There are 50's and some 60's memorabilia inside on the walls, and a working jukebox at the main entrance with plenty of oldies to choose from. They have a separate game room for the kids, or as in my case, the kid at heart, where I whacked many a crab to win the little gizmo prizes. I don't know if they still have it, but they did have an air hockey table, which was quite fun as well. My only complaint about the place is that, of late, they have been limiting their hours of service more and more, to the point where I don't think they are even open on Sundays anymore. It's a great place to go with friends or family.

    Jukebox at George's
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    by treerose Written Mar 17, 2003

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    Another dying breed of nostalgic Americana, the BK diner still retains its old-fashioned feel of days when car-hops were not such a rarity. You can still order yourself a frothy root beer that tastes better than any you can find in a can. Just roll down your window, flip the switch on the lighted menu panel and you can have your meal without ever leaving your car. Traditional American food-- hamburgers, hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and for the diet-conscious, even a sugar-free rootbeer-- are guaranteed finds on the menu.

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    by treerose Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    The Pizza Junction is located literally at the orignal depot for the train that still bustles through Huntington quite a few times a day, although the trains that still pass by are no longer passenger rails. This wooden building with its nice high arched ceiling sits so close to the rails that if you get a chance to sit at a table alongside the windows to the tracks, you can feel the vibrations as the trains roar by. The menu offers quite a variety of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches (hot and cold), salads, and fresher veggies as toppings. Service is good. The atmosphere is relaxed. I have always found the place exceptionally clean, and well lit, as the tall windows let in lots of natural light. One tip, however, they do not accept credit card, so bring cash or check!

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Huntington Nightlife

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    by treerose Written Mar 17, 2003

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    An ever-increasingly endangered species, drive-in theaters reflect much about America's history and culture. The Huntington Drive-In offers an exceptionally unique feature in that many of the original speaker phones are still intact. Although you can tune into the movie on the preset radio station, there is a certain amount of authenticity lost when a drive-in does not have these tin speakers as an option to at least augment modern technology's acoustic accompaniment. Understandably, on nights when the mosquito count is high, I too have found myself abandoning the pole speaker to roll up the window and listen to the FM broadcast of the show.
    The drive-in also preserves the old intermission clips that look like they're right out of the earliest days of drive-in history-- quick cartoon scenes and advertisements for the refreshment stand keep you entertained between movies. And if you find the movies aren't what you hoped them to be, the drive-in again offers a unique opportunity that an indoor theater does not afford-- the ability to gaze at the stars-- the real ones, up above. Huntington is not a large city, so it does not harbor much light pollution, and you can easily make out at least the major constellations. I've seen several shooting stars as well. The drive-in is great for dates, friends, and family (depending on the flick, of course)!

    Dress Code: ANYTHING!! What other kind of theater can you go to in your pajamas-- no one has to see you because it's all done after dark!

    Tin speakers
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Huntington What to Pack

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The beachhouse has running water with separate men's and women's shower rooms and toilets.

    Photo Equipment: If going near the beach, make sure your camera is kept protected from the water. Not that the waves are like oceanic tides, but when the speedboats cruise up and down it, they can build and spread quickly.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going camping around the reservoir, I recommend mosquito repellent. First and foremost, though, check the weather forecast. If rain is a possibility, a tarp and some rope to tie it to nearby trees or stake in the ground around the tent can really help keep things dry. If you're going to the beach for swimming or sunbathing, some suntan lotion, a towel, a lightweight beach chair, small cooler-- pack light because there is a little walk involved between the parking lot and the beach itself. Although there are picnic tables under the trees along the way as well. I recommend sandals to protect against the heat of the sidewalk and the sand (which can be uncomfortably hot and hard feeling to bare feet). It's not like soft white sand dune sand. It's pretty rough stuff.

    To the beach!
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Huntington Off The Beaten Path

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    by treerose Updated Oct 28, 2003

    Finally I have obtained the ability to scan a photo and am posting this as an adjunct to the Sunken Gardens original version, to show the humorous holiday decorating on a small building across from the park.

    Santa is Stuck!
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    by treerose Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    This very unique park area was converted from its former existence as the basement of a school or library I believe. Much of the original underground wall structures still remain, with two staircases leading down into the bottom. And the cornerstone of the building that once stood erect upon this spot is also displayed at ground level. There are two little pond/fountains with fish in them, sitting areas, and a tunnel under the nearby road (Park Ln) leading to the park area that continues on the other side. I especially fell in love with this place when I came upon it during the Christmas season one year. I could not believe how nicely lit up everything was-- from lights on trees to elves to Santa to a big Christmas wreath, the gardens became transformed into a holiday wonderland, a delight to the eyes of young and old. A few years ago, they used to also set up a funny-looking scene visible during the daytime of Santa's legs sticking out of an actual chimney from a small building on the park premises. I have a picture somewhere. I'd love to post it, as soon as I get a scanner. In recent years, I have not seen them put this scene together at all. Not sure what happened. But I preserved it on film! To catch the holiday transformation, I highly recommend visiting between Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years. Often the newspaper or the Whatz Up calendar will have the details as the time approaches.

    Garden Tunnel
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    by treerose Written Mar 17, 2003

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    The Huntington Dam built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s is a vital addition to control flooding in residential areas of Huntington. The dam controls the depth of the reservoir, which I have seen can range dramatically from well below normal, where I could walk out to the tall bouys without getting wet-- the same ones that would be well over my head if I went swimming during the summer-- to as high as the picnic area which is quite a ways up the ramp. In the latter scenario, the beach becomes engulfed. Trees and wooden picnic shelters become quite submerged. And you feel like you're in a completely different place.
    To see the current released by the dam, which can be quite mesmerizing, you have to go to the side of the road opposite the beach area, where there is always ample parking and restrooms with running water. Walk up the inclined paved area towards the chain-link fence (where many people try to find their catch of the day in fishing). Look straight down and again, depending on the water level and the dam's controls, you can hear and see frothy swirls of water bubbling below, with an apparent grace that carries them downstream. At night, the water appears pitch black and the froth very white, creating a wonderful contrast of vibrant movement. A neat challenge is to try to keep your eyes focused on one specific spot without allowing your eyes to also roam downstream with the bubbly water. I often feel a false sense of myself moving with the current, when I'm actually just standing still. It's a nice way to get lost in the moment and truly swept away!

    Best dam shot!
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