Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Break

 The weather is growing a bit warmer.....and we were hoping warmer still for a trip to the beaches of Southern California where we are spending a Spring Break with teenage daughter  in tow. Last Saturday, we drove down to OC and started our vacation with the annual trip to Balboa Island in Newport Harbor.

I grew up n Southern California and spent summers on the Balboa Peninsula. It was an unspoken rule that Frozen Bananas and Balboa Beach Bars were part of the territory. Every weekend, we would make the trek from the beach house up to the Fun Zone to play in the arcades and bump into our posse of cousins with our bumper cars....pedal to the metal. And every weekend we would anticipate and salivate thinking about the big decision.....chocolate sprinkles, nuts or butter brickle.

Often, my mom or my ant would take my cousin, Jenny and I on the Ferry ride across to Balboa Island to shop. We would stop for lunch at the old Jolly Roger restaurant and eat burgers and then stop at the Original Frozen Banana stand....of which there are two mere steps away from each other. I am not sure it mattered to us at the time which one took our money.

This year, the daughter and I got Balboa Bars with Butter Brickle....Tim got a Frozen Banana. The pleasure is still as strong.  We each took our frozen dessert on a stick and wandered along the beach front to see the lights of the Balboa Fun Zone and the Balboa Pavilion across the Bay....

With our stomachs full...and the moon as well....we strolled back to our car for the final leg down the coast.

Spring Break was just getting started.

11 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I'll be in LA next week and I'm hoping to bring back photos a bit like these!

Anonymous said...

Ah what memories. We had a house on L Street. I used to ride my bike to the library and ALWAYS stopped at the Fun Zone to play.

eddieross said...

Oh, I am so jealous of warm weather and your trip!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time. The frozen banana looks delicious!
Have a great weekend.
Xo,
E&J

Christine said...

Oh! I never tire of those Balboa & Balboa Island memories! I grew up on the Peninsula Point on Miramar and on Balboa Blvd & I Street! Still drive down there for a nostagia fix! Love, Love, Love! Thank you!

The enchanted home said...

OMG I love Balboa island and seeing these pictures made a bunch of pictures come rushing back from such a fun summer about 5 years ago..what a special, magical and quaint place..love it!

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Great photos looks like a beautiful place & so lovely you have such wonderful memories. the banana looks scrumscious

mary said...

So many wonderful memories. Hope you make the trip up to Pasadena--I'd love to say "hi"--have a wonderful trip. Mary

24 Corners said...

I grew up in LA and never went here...now I'm kicking myself...and my parents! How could they deprive me of those bananas?!
xo J~

travelkate said...

What memories...I just moved from the OC a few months ago! What I would do for one of those frozen bananas right now!

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

Perfect. What wonderful memories. Enjoy making new ones.

jb said...

Butter brickle is the best! I'm using the beach house monitor top. refrigerator as the inspiration for my new kitchen. We just can't part with it--too many happy memories!
Cousin Jenny