Throw back Thursday. Way Back

I grew up with my grandparents. They were wonderful people.  We would take vacations that were quick trips from point A to point B in the most expedient way possible.  I never knew it was because money was tight.  It always felt like an adventure with bottled soda, peanuts, summer sausage, cheese and crackers. We would make touristy stops along the way to take touristy photos.  It was fun and I loved it.  I also appreciate it more now than I did when I was fifteen years old.  I miss them very much. This is why I love captured moments.  Nothing artistic or special about these snapshots except for the people in them and the memories they hold. These are from a trip to Oregon with my grandparents in 1976.

Me New Mexico sign  me and T-rex 1976   Mountains and golden grass edit

me welcome to AZ sign  view of look out grand canyon 2 edit  view of look out grand canyon edit

me back and Pa side grand canyon  me camera grand canyon  Grannie and Pa 1976

Bear at Hoover Dam 1976 edit  Hoover Damn 2 1976  Me by redwood sign 1976   me and Pa Welcome to Oregon the beach Oregon 1976 edit  me and Pa on the beach editGrannie on the beach Oregon 1976


Coastal fun. It’s not just about the beach.

We are back from our vacation to the coast.  It was fun but I think we were all ready to  be home.  We enjoyed the beach and sightseeing and had a good time.  One of my favorite things to do on vacation, is finding fun places to eat.
One place was the Desserted Island Ice Cream shop in Port Aransas, TX. (They do not have a website but you can check them out on Tripadvisor and Facebook) The interior is fun and colorful with eclectic furnishings and art.  They have a variety of ice cream flavors, serve coffee shakes, brownie sundaes and have other assorted shakes and pies.  I had coffee ice cream in a waffle cone.  Yummm.

and this… just bizarre.

A favorite place to visit is Winton’s Candy Store.

This is one of those places where “.. like a kid in a candy shop” becomes literal.  There is something for everyone and they carry many of the old style candies not seen any more except in specialty shops like Winton’s.  The fudge and caramel’s are scrumptious.

Just to clarify, we did not just eat candy and ice cream the entire visit.

On the first night we ate at Los Comales Mexican Restaurant in Rockport. (again, no website – such a shame) I would have taken photos but I had an excellent margarita before dinner and did not even think about photos.  The food was wonderful and their green salsa was amazing with the avocado and cilantro flavors blended just right with the other seasonings. Smooth and flavorful with just a hint of heat.   This was our second time to eat at this restaurant and it will definitely be one we go back to.

I have many more photos to go through.  (We really did go to the beach.) After thinking about the excellent margarita from Los Comales, I will leave you with one more photo, which actually, was at the ice cream shop. 😉