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Opinion

February 11, 2014

Homage to Salisbury Beach

Who can resist the crashing waves at the beach, Willey’s fudge or playing the arcades at Joe’s Playland? How about those bumper cars? I swear to my doctor that my neck pain is still from the impact from those fun rides. And wasn’t the pain all worth it just for those memories? Can anyone pass up to this day a Kristy’s or Tripoli’s pizza? Absolutely not, or you are not from Massachusetts. Those are just some of the wonderful things that you can still eat and do at Salisbury Beach. Now before anyone sends me scathing emails about Salisbury’s “other” issues, just let me explain my love for Salisbury Beach.

Growing up in Berlin, a very small rural town that is noted for its apple orchards and farms, my family and I needed our summer fix of seeing the mesmerizing ocean that we New Englanders are blessed to have on the East Coast. My family vacationed on the Cape, spent days at Nantasket and Hampton Beach, but the one beach that stole my heart was Salisbury. Don’t get me wrong, there are a plethora of stunning beaches in Massachusetts, but Salisbury is the apple of my eye. As a chubby young girl, I and my parents and my siblings would take weekend trips up to Salisbury since the drive was a little over an hour away from Berlin. Back then, you didn’t hit major traffic problems, perhaps an occasional accident, but it was clear sailing and right up Interstate 495 north. Sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car at 10 years old felt like days going by. There was no air conditioning, and my anticipation and joy for the beach, fried dough, pizza and arcades was overwhelming for me.

I remember this one ride that you sat in with one or two other people and you sped quickly around, swerving up to waving upgrades with some of the best music you have ever heard. It was one of the most notable and popular rides at Salisbury beach. Sorry, people, I can’t remember the exact name of this ride.

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