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Just Write: Recalling family memories just another day at an Erie beach

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

As I laid back on a towel at Presque Isle over the weekend reading a book, sounds of children playing along the beach intermixed with the slow-crashing waves mostly brought on by recreational boats in Lake Erie.

I peered around Beach 10 looking at the families who lugged coolers, canopies and sand toys, reminiscing the days when I was about the age of many of the kids there, letting my imagination run wild with sand-built creations as my family enjoyed a peaceful afternoon along the beach.

I found myself digging into the sand as I once did. Only now, I had no colorful plastic shovels to help. It didn't matter as I tried to do what I did as a kid — build a tunnel that wouldn't collapse.

Memories with family and friends came crashing back to me like a wave from a thunderstorm over the lake.

It's amazing to think of how many other families share warm memories not only of Presque Isle beaches, but of times spent at Waldameer Park, the Erie Zoo and other places.

When I passed Waldameer on my drive out of Presque Isle on day one of my getaway, I recalled one night as a kid when I wanted to ride the then-Mill Run once more before the park closed.

But it was too late and we had to leave. I'll likely never understand why I so passionately wanted to have another trip on the water ride, but I do know it's one of the moments I'll always recall.

Memories of my grandparents joining us also stood out — including times spent splashing in a nearby motel pool.

The backdrop for creating memories isn't as important as those you're creating memories with, but the sights and sounds of so many iconic Erie locations helped make those times even greater.

And to think, all it took was a few hours of the tranquil shores of Lake Erie, which haven't changed much over time.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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