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Forever a California Girl, 1965

Along time has passed but my memories of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk will be forever etched in my mind.

I grew up in San Jose and Morgan Hill along with my cousins who are 6-10 years older than me. I was the little “tagalong” when they went to the Boardwalk and am sure I put a crimp in their plans more often than not! My most memorable trip was the time I begged to ride the Rock-O-Planes but my cousin Rick had been told not to take me on anything that would scare me. He made a deal that he would take me on the Rock-O-Planes if I (who had never ridden a roller coaster) would ride the Giant Dipper! Long story short, we rode the Dipper and never got on the Rock-O-Planes because we used up all of our money buying tickets for the Giant Dipper. I have been a roller coaster nut ever since!

I have many memories of the Fun House, the Carousel, eating tacos on the bench in front of the Wild Mouse and yes even getting sick on the ride back home because I just had to have one more chocolate milkshake!

I haven’t been back in 20 years or so but it is a part of my childhood that will always connect this California Girl to weekends of laughter and family fun!

Becky Crist

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