There's that song "Yesterday's Gone" by the 1960s British duo Chad & Jeremy that goes, "We walked together hand in hand/cross miles and miles of golden sand." The first time I set foot on an English beach, I wondered if they had composed those lyrics while vacationing somewhere else — considering that the beach looked like a tiny sliver between the rocks and water, and the sand was more muddy than golden.
As it turns out, though, a lot of beaches around the world are far from golden. For evidence, stop by the International Surfing Museum in downtown Huntington Beach — at least, before the U.S. Open of Surfing begins and parking becomes a rare commodity.
In one corner of the museum at 411 Olive Ave., Director at Large Gary Sahagen keeps a display of jars and bottles of sand from beaches around the world. The samples don't come from his own globe-trotting voyages, but from visitors who have stopped at the museum over the years.