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A tale of summers past

Thursday's edition of The Bryan Times offers a new look at a local summertime classic: Cedar Point.

To answer your question, yes, I got to go to Cedar Point for free for a day, but no, I didn't play around the whole time (unfortunately). I spent some time with our photographer Jen looking for ways to make a cheap trip even cheaper, along with getting some great photos for our page.

Walking around brought back all kinds of memories for me. As a kid, we went to Cedar Point every.single.summer. Over the Fourth of July, to be exact. From the time I was 9 until just a few years ago, each summer we knew we could count on lots of coasters, swimming and even fireworks on the beach.

When we were old enough, my friend Amanda and I roamed the park together, running to get in line for the next big ride. We knew each curve and hill so well and nothing kept us from the front seat - except maybe the longer wait. We had so much fun on the beach of Lake Erie too. And when we got tired, we could walk back to our hotel room at the Breakers, and we tracked in a ton of sand.

Every time I hear someone talk with an Australian accent, I think of the time we both faked being Aussies for a whole day. We even fooled a few people in Soak City into thinking we were foreigners. Ha!

And there were trips with other friends to the park as well. One summer I traveled there three times. I'll never forget a trip that involved Fubu 5 guy, some fake tattoos on our ankles and backpacks on the drive home. Right Erin and Trevor? Oh memories.

The thing is, with each trip I brought home new memories and stories. I never tired of riding the same rides, seeing the same shows and eating the same food. For some reason, each time I went back to that park, I felt like was 9 years old all over again.

Now that I'm old enough to realize that vacations are a luxury, I know that not every summer will involve roller coasters, beaches and fake tattoos. But I hope that someday I can take my own family to the park, so they can have sweet summer memories like mine.

Do you have a favorite memory of Cedar Point? Leave it in the comments section below.

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