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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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I'm sure that we all have great memories of family vacations from both our childhoods and also with our children. What are your favorite vacation memories? What did you like and what did you hate about them? Got any old photos?

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Imagestormyla
Jul 23, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
One of the things I liked best about family vacations when I was a kid, was traveling in the car. My father would always start singing in the car. Many miles passed by to the sounds of "She'll be coming round the mountains when she comes" and "Oh My darling Clementine". There were probably a dozen songs that got sung over and over again. I'm sure that he got very tired of us asking for the same ones over and over again. "On top of spaghetti" was always one of my favorites.
Imagestormyla
Jul 30, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Most of my family vacations were to the beaches of the southern Jersey Shore. When we were small my grandparents had a beach home in far south Jersey. We would go to the beach at Cape May or sometimes Wildwood. There were often times when we went to Margate too. If we went with my aunt, we'd go to Ocean City.

Atlantic City's Boardwalk in those long ago pre casino, pre slum years was a wonderful night spot full of grand hotels, exciting piers, fashionable people all dressed up and garish junk stores, arcades, marvelous candy stores and gypsy fortune tellers. What an exciting mix it all was, very expensive jewelery stores, high end milleners and boutiques next to shops that sold fake doggie doo, whoopie cushions and rubber vomit. Big Grin

We would go to Steel Pier and ride the wild mouse roller coaster Confused and watch the famous diving horses. We'd get cotton candy on a paper cone and eat salt water taffy till we were sick. And then we'd get frozen custard cones. We'd play the games of skill and chance in the arcades and go home with lots of giant sized sunglasses, combs and stuffed animals. Smiling The fun and spook house rides would be filled with the screams of children and young lovers alike.

First thing the next morning, we'd be begging to go to the beach before 7am. Blinking Oh we loved the beach. The only problem for me was that until I was about 7 or 8 years old, I was terrified of floating seaweed. Angry It scared me more than Jellyfish. We have home movies of my brother chasing me all over the surf and beach carrying a handful of seaweed that he was threatening to toss and me. And I was screaming bloody murder the entire time. Grumbling

Our parents would have to drag us off of the beach, making us lay down for naps before the nights activities. Oh what wonderful days those were. Lovey dubby
ImageNisiNJ
Mar 6, 2012 10:17 AM CST
Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, NJ
Stormy, you mentioned Ocean City NJ. You did mean NJ, right, not MD?

My parents took me (I'm an only child) there each summer for two weeks! My father's brother brought his five kids from Indiana and for those two weeks I had lots of cousins to play with. This was in the 1960's. We rented apartments near the beach on 18th street (I think), one of which is still there.

The morning was spent riding bikes on the boardwalk. Then lunch and the beach all afternoon. Then supper and the boardwalk in the evening. I remember going to see "The Parent Trap" and at least one of the Beatle movies at the boardwalk theaters. One of them, "The Village Theater", was decorated at the entrance like an old time English Village. It has since burned down. Another theater was turned into an indoor mall. The one or two that are still in operation have divided their wide screen into several smaller theaters. No more Panavision (was that what it was called?)

In 1983 I married a widower with three children ages 5, 10 and 15. Their famiy had traditionally gone to Seaside but I introduced them to OC. We have gone back almost every year since. We had two daughters and have still gone though they are now grown. They drive themselves back and forth if they have to go to a summer college class, etc.

Unfortunately, this year the one stepson who lives nearby can't go because he and his wife will have a new baby. My older daughter (25 yrs old) has work and a boyfriend to keep her home. My younger daughter (age 22) is reluctant to go for very long because she won't have any contemporaries there to go in the ocean and the pool. (We old fogies can do only so much.) So my husband and I have to decide if we want to go ourselves or skip a year. Maybe our son and DIL can bring their two kids next year. Or maybe my older daughter can come down for a few days with her sister. Still up in the air. But I love OC.
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