Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

Playing at the Beach
by Nancy J Cohen

IMG_2091The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is always crowded with tourists and locals alike, who enjoy the sidewalk cafés along with the sunshine. Exercisers whiz by via jogging, cycling or walking activities, while sunbathers stake an umbrella in the sand.

This visit brought back memories of childhood summers in New Jersey. Once a year, we’d make an excursion to Bradley Beach. This had a real Boardwalk, made out of wooden boards. First we’d head into a series of locker rooms to change into our swimwear and then head onto the beach to claim a spot on the sand. If we wanted to venture into the water, ropes strung overhead were there to help steady us in the rough surf. The ocean was anything but calm in those northern parts.

IMG_2094After a full day of sun and sand, we’d shower and dress before driving to Asbury Park. Here my brother and I liked to zip around on the bumper cars. We walked along in the evening on the Boardwalk, ending up at the same seafood restaurant as in previous years. I loved to eat there. The whole day was a treat that I remember with fond thoughts.

What do you remember from childhood trips to the beach? Or if inland, did you frequent a particular lake? Is it someplace you’d want to revisit now? As for me, I’d rather go to Florida’s Gulf Coast and sit in the calm ocean with warm bathtub-temperature water.

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