Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Under the boardwalk, having fun"..........on Pink Saturday

On a bright Saturday in the Spring of 1963, best friend Paula and I hopped off a Trailways bus in Wilmington, North Carolina after an all night ride from Washington, D.C.  At age 19 one can still hop after a cramped bus ride - remember those days! An English friend had invited us down for the weekend to her home in Carolina Beach.

Last Saturday, once again I strolled along the tiny section remaining of the once vivacious boardwalk.  Unfortunately time has erased much of the fun.  The kiddie rides, game arcades, restaurants and gift shops are mostly gone. The wooden boardwalk itself is just a short strip of the original along the beachfront, the rest removed to build up the dunes for better protection against hurricane and storm damage. Remaining are a few where we ate a supper of not so good seafood, but enjoyed the locals putting on a show in their wild Halloween costumes and having a jovial time.

Jasmin..........always ready for an ice cream cone!!

Never a shortage of sugar at the seaside!

Pink Oleander still blooming.

Plenty of empty seats around once the Summer crowds have left.

As you know, Paula and I are still traveling together..........but our destinations are much different and we've graduated from the Trailways bus to more comfortable modes of transportation.  Speaking of which............well you'll just have to keep stopping by here to find out where we're headed next!

Happy Pink Saturday wherever you are spending it this weekend.  Stop by How Sweet The Sound to see Beverly's lineup for this week.

Carolina Beach, North Carolina


  1. Great pictures and memories! I can't believe that the oleander is still in bloom. Carla

  2. What a wonderful post...luv all those bright beautiful colors

  3. That looks like a place I would like to visit! Gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday!

  4. I love to go along on your journeys, Mary!

  5. Your pictures are so colorful...they remind me of ice cream cones and all of the flavors! You have also made me want to plan a trip to Carolina Beach!

    So glad you had a good time!


  6. Happy Pink Saturday, those are great pictures, thank for taking me on your memory lane.

    Just also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and your gracious comment. Have a wonderful day!

  7. I was there many, many years ago and liked your trip down my Memory Lane. Looking forward to our next stop.

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed your post and the pictures are lovely.
    Hugs, LisaKay

  9. Pink oleander and yellow chairs--lovely picture.

  10. Hi Mary, thank you so much for your very sweet comment on my post the other day. I always love to hear from you. Your trip to the beach is fun to see in your great photos. Jasmin and the giant ice cream cone is so cute. The beachy colors are awesome. I would love to visit there one day. My brother and his wife LOVE visiting there.

    I am definitely looking forward to where you will be traveling next with your long time friend. How wonderful to have a friendship such as yours with Paula.

    We still have plans to visit Raleigh before Christmas. I hope we can manage a bit of time together.

    Warm hugs, Jeanne

  11. Hello, I'm new to the blogging scene so I'm just scrolling through some random blogs. What funky, fun photos you have!! When I have more time I'll stop by again and look through more of your blogs. Come visit me sometime too. :)

  12. I would love to visit a place that looks and I am sure would make you feel so happy!! Pink really infuses such a feeling! HPS xOxO Nerina

  13. I know, I know... and I am jealous!

  14. LOVE the pink chairs.I enjoyed your blog tonight. It's getting late here but I am finally getting to sit down at the computer. Hope your week is blessed. Debbie

  15. Sugar at the seaside! That has a wonderful sound to it, Mary. Love this Pink Saturday post, especially the large ice cream soft serve. Great photos! ~ Sarah

  16. Lovely colours and how wonderful you and Paula are still travelling together. Happy Pink Saturday.

  17. Oh, I can go for the sugar right now! Jasmin has the right idea with the ice cream cone! Funny how even in the dead of winter we can still have ice cream. Lovely pictures Mary.
    Take Care,

  18. Gorgeous place, I love the pink bench LOL
    happy belated PS and many smiles,

  19. Love the huge ice cream cone!!!

  20. Love love love those yellow chairs! And always love visits to the beach.


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