Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On the Boardwalk…End of Summer Fun!

Good afternoon, dear friends!

I hope the week is going well for all of you!  Summer time is really winding down, isn’t it?  My younger girls have been back to school for almost two weeks now, and my college girl heads back to school on Sunday…

…But to celebrate together before it was over, we headed out to the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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…over 140 years old, it’s been the place to ride the rides by the sea for a long time now…

In the 1920’s…

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…the 1940’s…


…and last Monday night!


My three girls…Sarah, Chelsea & Annie…and here’s just a few scenes from our night there…





Have you ever tried on of these?  Me, neither!


I love amusement parks at night…when the lights come on…it just feels like magic!



So much fun, so many memories!

I made a little card today to celebrate the wonderful summer fun that an amusement card brings…


A big vintage button and ribbon to mimic a prize-winning ribbon at the fair…a row of tickets…Dazzling Diamonds on all the lights…a bit of platinum Stickles to frame it all…that’s about it!


The vintage image is from Crafty Secrets’ “Summertime” Images & Journal Notes booklet…filled with all kinds of nostalgic summery images!

Whenever we go to the Boardwalk, which we usually do at the end of each summer, I can’t help but remember my most favorite of all amusement parks…Cedar Point!


Those of you in northern Ohio…and elsewhere, I’m sure!…will know how amazing this park really is!

Another historic amusement park also on the waterfront—Lake Erie—it started in 1870, about the same time as the Santa Cruz Boardwalk…

For decades, it’s been know as the place with the highest, fastest, craziest roller coasters in the world!  “The Roller Coaster Capitol of the World”, it claims!

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Here’s an old one that I remember from W.A.Y. back—The Jumbo Jet!  This postcard is from the early 1970’s…the time period that I first started going there with my family every year…


I couldn’t find any photos of us there, (they do exist…I just need to search for them!), but I did find a fabulous flier also from the early ‘70’s…

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I remember the thrill and anticipation of slowly creeping up that roller coaster…getting to the peak…


…and the sheer terror as it started zooming downward!  Oh, I loved it!  (Can’t do roller coasters anymore, sadly…my equilibrium has REALLY changed!)

And park food…is there anything like it?


I remember getting at least a couple orders of french fries when I was a girl during my day at Cedar Point…completely covered with ketchup and malt vinegar…yum…

…Do you even remember a time when you didn’t have to feel guilty about that?!

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Fat, fluffy & fabulous cotton candy…

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…and those funnel cakes…have mercy! (I DID have a big bite of one of those on Monday!)

Well, that’s it for me today…if you get a chance to sneak one more trip to the park nearest you, do it! 

Savor the end of summer with your family…ride a ride, feel the wind in your hair, take a dip in the sea, eat something you really shouldn’t eat…just have fun!

See you soon with something new…and a blogaversary giveaway!